Going after Government Waste

February 8, 2011 Updated: February 8, 2011

Shortsightedness and taking conservation to the far right will be the conduit through which the United States will lose its innovative leadership over China in one of the largest industries for job creation—renewable energy.

If the Republican Study Committee (RSC), a group of 175 House Republicans, gets its way, the day when America will take second or even third place in the global race for energy conservation is not far off.

“The conservative movement is hell-bent on forever ceding leadership in the most important job-creating industries of the next several decades,” according to a recent Climate Progress website article.

Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., has taken the lead in tackling America’s growing debt crisis with his introduction of the Spending Reduction Act of 2011, H.R. 408, in January. Slating what he believes to be wasteful programs, H.R. 408 is supposed to eliminate $2.5 trillion of U.S. government spending.

“Without continued investment across the technology innovation cycle—from invention at the federal labs and publicly sponsored universities, to public-private partnerships aimed at commercializing and licensing new technologies, to technical assistance to make our manufacturers the most advanced and efficient in the world—we will forfeit whatever leadership we have managed to gain,” the Climate Progress article warns.

Cutting Waste

“Take a look at the huge list of government agencies. There is a bureau and a bureaucrat for every imaginable function of our overgrown government. And each one has a deputy and a secretary,” according to akdart’s Pork Page website.

Granted, it is about time that a great number of government programs addressed in the Spending Reduction Act be slated for elimination, such as cutting the federal travel budget in half. This is a program that suffers a lot of abuse by greedy government employees, and the budget reduction would save $7.5 billion in taxpayers’ funds.

Not many would cry if duplicate or overlapping programs and agency missions were eliminated, as they drain scarce resources. Programs that are either a duplication of federal or state programs include the Save America’s Treasures Program, the Legal Services Corp., the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, and the Federal Community Development Fund.

Other programs that won’t cause more than just a few people heartburn if they are eliminated include the beach replenishment projects, and ending the congressional printing and binding of documents, which could be much more cheaply provided via the Internet, saving $47 million annually, is not a bad idea.

“The first place to trim runaway federal spending is in waste, fraud, and abuse. Congress, however, has largely abandoned its constitutional duty of overseeing the executive branch and has steadfastly refused to address the waste littered across government programs,” according to a 2005 Heritage Foundation article.  

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