One thing House Democrats and Republicans can agree on is the fact that the U.S. government wastes millions—even billions—of dollars every year because of fraud or abuse.
But the parties split when it comes to determining exactly where the waste occurs. Republicans are pointing fingers at bloated federal programs, while Democrats lay blame on the misuse of federal contractors.
Conservative figures detailed numerous government programs and offices that could be cut, eliminated, or more closely examined. Dems called out contracting, as roughly half of the most wasteful spending identified in a Government Accountability Office report involved contracting.
Private sector experts have stepped up to offer solutions to the government spending problem, including recommending repealing the Davis-Bacon Act, which states that contractors pay the prevailing wage on federal construction projects costing more than $2,000.
Other analysts argue that the private sector, not the feds, is better suited to run organizations like Amtrak, the U.S. Postal Service and the air traffic control system.
What do you think? Where is the government wasting its money—in over-large programs, with government contractors, or both? Are there any other areas that government is wasteful with its funds?