April 12, 2009 |
As the $787 billion stimulus package starts to flow, the message from on high is clear: No one dare waste a dime of it. "This plan cannot and will not be an excuse for waste and abuse," President Obama declared last month, after he designated Vice President Biden the "sheriff" in charge of patrolling for misuse of stimulus funds. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) has warned officials overseeing the money that "we must ensure that haste does not make waste" and that even minimal amounts of misspent money would be simply "unacceptable.
August 28, 2011 |
At least one in every six dollars of U.S. spending for contracts and grants in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past decade, or more than $30 billion, has been wasted. And at least that much could again turn into waste if the host governments are unable or unwilling to sustain U.S.-funded projects after our involvement ends. Those sobering but conservative numbers are a key finding of the bipartisan Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan , which will submit its report to Congress on Wednesday.
June 19, 2012
The news we have all been breathlessly awaiting for months on end is finally in The Post: " Clemens acquitted of all six charges " [front page, June 19]. Roger Clemens was found not guilty of lying to Congress about his alleged use of steroids at some point in his baseball career, perhaps a decade or more ago. For this, taxpayers had to shell out likely millions of dollars for thousands of hours of investigative work by a reported 90-plus federal agents, lawyers, court staff and all the other cogs in the...
October 14, 2011
More than $500 million in taxpayers' money was wasted by the government's investment in Solyndra . That's a terrible loss. But can you explain why that story is getting vastly more attention from journalists and Congress than an Associated Press story printed in The Post on Aug. 31 and then apparently ignored? "As much as $60 billion in U.S. funds has been lost to waste and fraud in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past decade through lax oversight of contractors, poor planning, and payoffs to warlords and...
May 14, 2012
Regardless of The Post's opinion of Mitt Romney, given all the other critical events happening in the world, do the editors really think that Mr. Romney's activities in high schoolare relevant news today? Even if one could argue that they are newsworthy, the paper's decision to place the article about them on the front page was particularly suspect and indicated to me that The Post is so desperate to find dirt on Mr. Romney that it is willing to go back in ancient history to do so. What a waste of time and effort that could...
December 11, 2012
Good for those eco-minded students at Piney Branch Elementary School, in Takoma Park, who want to practice what is preached to them regarding the environment and disposable foam trays [" Foam fight ," Metro, Dec. 9]. I attended in the 1960s a school not far away from Piney Branch, Oak View Elementary. A classmate and I had the job and privilege in fifth grade of collecting all the school-lunch plates and trays, scraping off the leftovers and taking the plates and trays on a cart to the steaming kitchen to be washed.