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Cut the waste, fraud and abuse

05/01/2008

To The Editor:

This letter is addressed to:

Dear Politicians: An Open Letter

 
So now we expect deficits and are looking for ways to cut spending. Hooray!  You should also look at stopping any new money programs.

One important way any government can follow is to cut the waste, fraud and abuse that bubbles up in any public structure. The prime target should be to cut the pork or, if you like, "earmarks" where expenditures are not evaluated and voted on in public and suit an individual's need for more votes from his constituents.
 
Ask whoever is in charge of monitoring all the public programs operating today to determine which ones are not producing results in accordance with their mandate, or by spending monies beyond authorizations. Determine which ones are not needed, which ones are completed but plead for more money and which ones
overlap others causing unneeded duplication.
 
I would hope that we do have a watch-dog in our government that addresses these problems and also is aware of a program called P.A.R.T.S. which is an acronym for Program Assessment Rating Tool. It is used by the Federal OMB. It is helping there but can't keep up with the damage done by pork.
 
These are obvious ways to find your needed cuts. Don't be shy, get in there and dig, dig, dig.

Olin E. Potter

Waitsfield

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