To The Daily Sun,
I doubt that anyone was shocked to learn that New Hampshire's Workers Compensation program is abused as described in Dennis Gaudet's column in Friday's, Dec. 26, Laconia Daily Sun. There are few government programs that aren't wasteful, abused, mismanaged, or even counter-productive.
Medicare and Medicaid are defrauded by about $100 billion annually. Many millions, if not billions, of Social Security dollars go to dead people or others inappropriately. These systems are only saved from the fate of other Ponzi schemes by politicians willingness to beggar future generations to cover today's promises.
Hundreds of millions if not billions have been wasted just on establishing the Obamacare "Exchanges." The IRS sends billions of dollars in refunds to people who shouldn't get them.
Our welfare and unemployment systems penalize intact families and are a disincentive to work. Our nation's Department of Education spends about $80 billion annually, it drives up local school costs, but educational results aren't improved.
One has to wonder if government programs exist to help Americans become productive and successful or only to give politicians power.
Examples of government waste, fraud, abuse, or counter-productive results are endless. These are the inevitable results when government does things that it shouldn't be doing, but were implemented to allow politicians to buy votes with taxpayer money.
There was a time when our nation was rich and could afford wasteful programs, but our nation can't even come close to balancing its operating budget even in supposedly good times. In addition, our politicians keep promising, but not funding, trillions of dollars of future benefits that subsequent generations will be taxed to fund, e.g., pensions.
Dennis Gaudet applauds Gov. Hassan for setting up a commission to propose fixes for the excessive Worker's Comp costs, and reduced costs would certainly help New Hampshire's budget problems.
Unfortunately commissions are often established so politicians can claim to be doing something while they are actually just postponing actions except for spending taxpayer dollars on "experts," aka political supporters. Hundreds of commissions and thousands of promises to fix problems have resulted in few improvements because politicians fear actually fixing problems (We can't even get the ethanol requirement removed!), especially those that reduce spending because recipients complain and politicians have less ability to buy political support.
While eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse in government programs would be great, there are few successful examples. It would be more useful to start eliminating all government programs that foster dependence rather than achievement, that are not controlled and funded by the lowest possible level of government, and are not essential to promoting government's primary purpose of protecting life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
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