Fraud

Submitted by kvaughn on Thu, 12/01/2011 - 01:00

Part of the problem with large government programs is that they become rife with fraud. This week alone, we have seen two prime examples of this.

On Tuesday, the government reported that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have received lax and deferential oversight despite receiving $170 billion in taxpayer funding. As an example of the abuse at play, each of the top six Fannie and Freddie executives received a compensation package averaging nearly $6 million, paid for with your tax money. Outrageous.

Fraud

A separate U.S. Department of Agriculture report indicated that fraud in the food stamp program has cost the country at least $2.5 billion. But when you look more closely at the numbers, you begin to realize how poorly managed this program is. In Virginia alone, fewer than a quarter of the cases with known evidence of fraud were actually prosecuted. In D.C., only 3% of these cases were prosecuted. Not surprisingly, the low prosecution rate attracts more fraudulent behavior, and it should offend you that government is wasting hard-earned taxpayer dollars. In D.C., 39% of the cases investigated revealed fraud, whereas this number was only 16% in Virginia.

While greater oversight would certainly improve these numbers, the real solution is to responsibly scale back the size of the federal government. Why should taxpayers across the country subsidize the salaries of wealthy government executives presiding over poorly managed programs? Why should Virginians subsidize the fraud in D.C. resulting from the District’s poor management of its own program? The solution is to localize these programs. For example, if states were forced to fully pay for their own food stamp programs, they would be much more likely to aggressively attack fraud to protect their own resources than they would if they were spending “free” federal money. And if our banks had not been so large, they would never have been “too big to fail.”

I am running to be your voice in Congress to restore a more sensible, responsible, and accountable government. But I need your support today in order to fight against entrenched corruption and waste. Will you please consider a donation of $100, $50, or even $25 to my campaign?

In Liberty,
Ken Vaughn