Federal Agencies Hit Rock Bottom

We would expect that the federal government would deteriorate as it gains more and more power. This is classic socialism – these bureaucracies always do less and less as they get more control over the people; they become arrogant, greedy and lazy simply because they know that they can; and they then attract lesser people who want an easy life without challenges. These lesser people then make these agencies even more unattractive to anyone with a brain and a work ethic. The downward spiral grows on itself.

Private firms that find themselves under duress generally institute reforms to make the company work better, or it fails. But there is no incentive for the government to reform. After all the government never goes out of business; it just takes more tax money to keep itself going.

Under Obama the government is getting much worse because Obama is a dysfunctional president under whom the nation is transforming itself straight downhill. Here are three unbelievable excerpts from Foxnews.com about the corruption and incompetence in some of our federal agencies. Here is the first excerpt:

Misguided policies, unreasonable workloads and poor leadership at the Veterans Affairs Department are to blame for mismanagement of disability and pension claims in Philadelphia…. Opening a new front of criticism beyond its ongoing review of wait times for medical care, the VA inspector general’s blistering 78-page report takes aim at the department’s handling and timely payment of compensation claims. It concludes the Philadelphia VA regional office was especially troublesome in its litany of problems, all part of a rush to reduce persistent backlogs: piles of mishandled or neglected mail, untimely responses to more than 31,000 veterans inquiries into its call center, manipulation of dates to make old claims look new and millions of dollars in improper duplicate benefit payments. At least one VA supervisor altered 53 of 87, or 61 percent, of quality reviews with the knowledge of office management over a three-month period… (end of first Foxnews.com excerpt).

And this is just one city. You can expect the same everywhere. If Home Depot acted like this it would go out of business. Yet we are told that government “cares” about us but that the private, capitalist sector does not. Yet I have never failed to get excellent service and value for my dollar every single time I visit Home Depot, which I patronize often. Ditto WalMart. Now here is a second example from Foxnews.com:

The acting head of the Transportation Security Administration was reassigned late Monday after a watchdog report revealed undercover agents were able to sneak fake explosives and banned weapons through checkpoints as part of an investigation that revealed a massive, system-wide security failure at America’s airports…. Homeland Security officials confirmed to Fox News earlier Monday that TSA screeners failed 67 out of 70 tests — or 96 percent — carried out by special Department of Homeland Security investigators known as “red teams,” as part of a DHS inspector general review. In one case, an undercover agent with a fake bomb strapped to his back set off a magnetometer — but the screener still failed to find it. (end of Foxnews.com excerpt)

Amazing. And this acting chief will not be fired, nor will any of these TSA agents. This chief has been “reassigned” so he can collect his huge pension after endangering the whole nation with his incompetent leadership. This is why we need a new president in Washington. To root out this type of abuse, because Obama only encourages it. Here’s more from Foxnews.com about TSA:

On the heels of Transportation Security Administration workers flunking a security test at airport checkpoints, the results of a new audit show that — while the agency keeps a robust system for screening commercial airport workers — it still failed to flag 73 airport workers “linked to terrorism.” Apparently, TSA does not have access to all the terror watchlist information it needs to make those judgments. According to TSA data, the people in question were working for major airlines, airport venders and other employers. (end of Foxnews.com excerpt)

Yes, and this is being reported by Fox News, which liberals detest. Because Fox tells us the truth about our corrupt federal bureaucracy which Democrats largely control. Here’s Foxnews.com reporting on another increasingly corrupt Washington agency:

WASHINGTON – With the Secret Service still smarting from its 2012 prostitution scandal in Cartagena, Colombia, another federal law agency is in hot water over an even more salacious sex scandal – in the same country. The Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Michelle Leonhart, Tuesday faced a grueling three-hour inquisition from the House Oversight Committee over an Inspector General’s report that found DEA agents in Bogota, Colombia engaged in “sex parties” with prostitutes and that the parties were paid for by the very drug cartels the DEA was sent to fight. (end of Foxnews.com excerpt)

And get this… the government says that it can’t fire the DEA agents involved but only has given them a two-week suspension. Know why? Because they are unionized federal workers and you can’t fire them.

This, friends, is all classic socialism. If employees at Home Depot acted this way the employees would be fired immediately. But under Obama not only is our whole nation in dire straits, but even the people who are supposed to be serving us and protecting us are involved in incompetence and illegal activities. This is what we always can expect from left-wing leadership, and Obama is the most radical of all. Look at this third example:

Despite claims that the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) blew millions of dollars on “decorative” items like pricey exercise equipment, toy footballs and kazoos, the tax agency’s chief John Koskinen was back on Capitol Hill Wednesday making his case for even more money. Koskinen testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, that budget cuts have stripped the agency from being able to effectively help taxpayers. He said the lack of funding has led to longer waits for taxpayers turning to IRS help centers. “Customer service, both on the phone and in person, has been far worse than anyone would want,” he said. “It’s a simple matter of not having enough people to answer the phones and provide service at our walk in sites, as a result of the cuts to our budget.”

Koskinen said the agency was “dismayed” by reports of taxpayers lining up outside help centers for hours before they opened up in order to get service. “Taxpayers who have called us have had long wait times on the phones,” he said. “On bad days, fewer than 40 percent of the calls were able to reach a live assistor – and that was after a 30-minute wait or longer.” The IRS has taken big budget hits in recent years. So far, $1.2 billion has been cut from the budget which has affected 13,000 employees. The cuts have also resulted in the agency’s ability to close audits and start criminal investigations….The IRS has been criticized for spending sprees that date back several years including $4.3 million on “market research,” $8,000 on a stair climber and $4 million on office furniture for managers. (end of Foxnews.com excerpt)

Oh, sure… “budget cuts” and “lack of funding”. This is classic socialist grievance after the bureaucrats burn up four times as much money as it would cost to do the same job in the private sector. And private firms would do it vastly better than government does. In Illinois a private firm that started successfully weeding out the fraudsters on the welfare rolls was fired by the state government. Because it was actually doing the job that it was supposed to do, and throwing people off of the dole, both of which are no-no under socialism.

Nikitas3.com has explained over and over that we do not even need the IRS, that it can be disbanded and replaced easily with a Flat Tax or a National Sales Tax which would both collect taxes efficiently. The IRS is a corrupt, bloated, dysfunctional agency that is abusing the American people with an indecipherable tax code and relentless audits and harassment.

There is no major budget problems for the IRS or the Secret Service or the VA. There is a credibility crisis and a greed crisis and a competency crisis. These agencies are out of control, and most of the agencies in Washington are run lock, stock and barrel by the Democrat party as part of the federal government bureaucracy.

Meanwhile the suburban counties surrounding Washington, DC, which are populated overwhelmingly by federal bureaucrats, are the richest per-capita counties in America. If you don’t believe it, look it up on the internet. The names of these counties are notorious… Montgomery, Fairfax, Loudoun, etc. Thus these increasingly incompetent and lazy people have higher and higher standards of living as their agencies slide straight downhill and as the rest of America suffers. It is shameful.

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