Duplicate state and federal programs just tip of the iceberg

I’ve got a serious issue with the fact government bureaucrats think it is necessary to have – as an example – a local Department of Education, a state Department of Education and a federal Department of Education. I’ve chronicled the graft this process creates, the favors politicians trade and “we won, you lost” stupidity that has driven our nation into a bunch of beggars demanding more and more. Now we see there are even more duplicate projects at the federal level.

From the Wall Street Journal, with a hat tip to Big Government.

A report from the nonpartisan GAO, to be released Tuesday, compiles a list of redundant and potentially ineffective federal programs, and it could serve as a template for lawmakers in both parties as they move to cut federal spending and consolidate programs to reduce the deficit. Sen. Tom Coburn (R., Okla.), who pushed for the report, estimated it identifies between $100 billion and $200 billion in duplicative spending. The GAO didn’t put a specific figure on the spending overlap. …

The agency found 82 federal programs to improve teacher quality; 80 to help disadvantaged people with transportation; 47 for job training and employment; and 56 to help people understand finances, according to a draft of the report reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

Eighty-two programs to improve teacher quality? That does not include the state, regional and local programs.

No matter what Vice President Al Gore did, or Vice President Joe Biden did in their attempts to “reform” government … this report is proof that the federal government is the best at creating redundant programs that sound really good and keep thousands of federal employees on the payroll.

Read all of Damian Paletta’s article over at WSJ and we’ll see if the main stream media picks up on this or if President Obama responds. Unlikely?

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Steve McGough

Steve's a part-time conservative blogger. Steve grew up in Connecticut and has lived in Washington, D.C. and the Bahamas. He resides in Connecticut, where he’s comfortable six months of the year.


  1. Dimsdale on March 1, 2011 at 6:43 am

    It is a giant jobs program for petty bureaucrats!

  2. PatRiot on March 1, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    I am beginning to understand why we have to fill out forms in triplicate.

    Too bad no one makes decisions with the information provided on those forms.


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