What if I told you that there was a government agency(let’s call it Agency ‘S’) that is tasked to do everything that another agency(let’s call it Agency ‘H’) does? Also, Anything that Agency H does must also be done by Agency S, and almost everything done by Agency S must also be done by Agency H. You would probably say that one of these agency’s is redundant and an example of gross government waste that can be eliminated.
So let’s say you want to get rid of one of these redundant agency’s. Which one would you get rid of? Well, you might gid rid of which ever one costs more. That would be Agency H. Also, notice that Agency H is completely redundant, because Agency S does everything it does plus some that doesn’t need to be approved by Agency ‘H’. It would seem like an easy choice that you would want to keep Agency ‘S’ and get rid of Agency ‘H’.
But now, what if I told you that Agency ‘S’ isn’t doing it’s job? Agency ‘H’ has done everything that Agency ‘S’ has done that need’s their approval. However, Agency ‘S’ still has 290 unfinished tasks that has already been completed by Agency ‘H’. Worse still, the few things that Agency ‘S’ does that Agency ‘H’ doesn’t aren’t getting done either. A total of 113 tasks that Agency ‘S’ alone can fulfill haven’t gotten done.
Now ask yourself, would you get rid of one of the agencies because it’s redundant, and if so, which one? Me personally, I would get rid of Agency ‘S’. Agency ‘H’ might cost more, but at least they can get their crap done. Agency ‘S’ are a bunch of slackers that we don’t need. Let’s give the rest of Agency ‘S’ responsibilities to Agency ‘H’ so that it can actually get done.
In case you haven’t figured it out, Agency ‘S’ is the Senate, and Agency ‘H’ is the house of representatives.
- Their are 290 bills that the house has passed, but the Senate hasn’t even voted on. It would be one thing if they voted them down, but not even holding a vote is ridiculous.
- The Senate hasn’t got around to confirming or denying 77 judicial nominations.
- The Senate hasn’t got around to confirming or denying 113 government posts that require Senate confirmation.
- In 2009, the house cost $1,349 million dollars and the Senate cost $871 million dollars. (Account information here)
I don’t know why so-called Government watchdog groups aren’t all over this.