RON HART: The Washington Monument syndrome

Published: Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 04:04 PM.

We have a $17 trillion debt, up from $10 trillion when Obama took office; much of it is owed to China . All the while, Congress ping-pongs various spending bills back and forth between the House and the Senate. If we know anything about ping pong, we know it happens every four years and the Chinese always win.

Do we need a Commerce Department? Commerce just sort of happens anyway. Do we need to pay farmers not to plant crops? Has the Education Department improved education (which is the role of municipalities and states)?

Even though we cut the workforce at home, during this shutdown Obama continues to fund foreign aid. The NSA continues to spy on us. One would think we could save money by spying on ourselves during the shutdown.

60 Minutes did a great piece on how getting Social Security disability payments has become a TV lawyer-driven scam. Payments have increased 20 percent in six years. They now cost us $120 billion a year, more than the Departments of Homeland Security, Justice and Labor — combined.

In an interview this past weekend, Nancy Pelosi said that the government cannot cut any more. Pelosi also said she will not rest until Obamacare is fully implemented or until she captures all 101 Dalmatians.

Why not require every government agency to appear before Congress and define what it does, why it does it, how much it costs, and why the private sector can’t do it?  We will then decide if we want to keep it.

Now these “non-essential” government employees know they will be paid for sitting at home, which must not be dissimilar to what they do at their government job, if no one notices.

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