Terrific! The Star’s Jan. 12 editorial covered financial responsibility in government; specifically, the state’s audit of Walton.
Quoting the editorial, “And if we’re honest with ourselves, how many of us are confident that the candidates we choose are truly qualified, not just to lead, but to run the business of government?”
The audit of Walton did not indicate funds were missing, but that funds could go missing with poor oversight. The Star opined that this could happen in Walton but has never criticized lack of fiscal oversight by the White House. Consider this:
• Our national debt increased $6 trillion in the past four years; interest on our debt is $40 billion annually.
• President Obama has borrowed more money than any other president and shows no inclination to stop the red ink.
• Now, the president wants the debt ceiling raised with no cuts in federal spending. In 2006, then-Sen. Obama said raising the debt ceiling showed lack of leadership and would weaken America.
• President Obama appointed some 30 czars, like green energy czar Van Jones, adding $30 million or more to the federal budget.
• At great cost, Eric Holder has more lawsuits against states than any previous attorney general.
• White House state dinners reached $1 million each last year. State dinners averaged $200,000 each under the previous administration.
• The president’s recent Hawaii vacation cost taxpayers $5 million. Mrs. Obama’s vacation in Spain last year cost us $1 million, but she did make a courtesy call to Spanish dignitaries.
Everett Dirksen, a good Illinois senator, once said “a billion here, a million there, and soon you’re talking about real money!”
I will bet Washington wasted more money yesterday morning from lack of executive oversight than Walton has in the past century.