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The Federal Bureaucracy Hard At Work by The Elephant's Child

It’s a new record for improper payments dished out by federal agencies — an all time high of $125 billion in questionable payments after years of declines.

There were tax credits for families that didn’t qualify for tax credits, unemployment benefits for people who were employed, Medicare payments for treatments that might not have been necessary. This is  up by $19 billion over the previous year. The overpayments were spread across 22 federal agencies, though Medicare and Medicaid fraud and the Earned Income Tax Credit together accounted for more than $93 billion in improper payments.

I heard on the radio that we apparently have some of the world’s oldest people receiving Social Security benefits. Since they are apparently older than the oldest woman who was celebrated in the media at 117, it’s fairly safe to assume that they are illegal immigrants receiving benefits by stealing someone’s identity.


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Remember, anyone with any experience dealing with it spells it B-U-R-E-A-U-C-R-A-Z-Y.


Comment by Lon Mead

I never had to deal with the federal bureaucracy except at arms length. But I’ve certainly had experience with the corporate version. Meetings are meetings, everywhere, seldom productive. But I did have a strange experience last year. Had to get my driver’s license renewed. The DMV had moved to a new location. Plenty of parking. A greeter at the door to send you to the correct window for your particular need. Many windows with smiling friendly people. I was out of there in less than 10 minutes — wondering what had happened. I suspect a new chief simply got tired of all the DMV badmouthing and jokes, and decided to shape the place up. It was a wonderment.


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