Wasteful Government Spending?

The Heritage Foundation lists 50 examples of government waste.

I think you could easily argue with a number of these as to whether they are “wasteful.” One that popped out at me was number 18: “Despite trillion-dollar deficits, last year’s 10,160 earmarks included $200,000 for a tattoo removal program in Mission Hills, California;…” I remember when this program started and if I recall it was for tattoo removal of former gang members. Is this one of the programs that the Heritage Foundation cited as “…federal programs [that]…fail to show any positive impact on the populations they serve”?

Of course, that one example does not remove the fact that we’re still in record deficit spending, racking up historically high national debt. It’s easy to say “just cut spending!” but cutting spending means cutting jobs and services, even if they are wasteful. How to go about that with a minimum of pain but a maximum of benefit? If I knew that, I would run for office.

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