I Think That It Would Be Awesome If The Government Ran Health Care

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on February 16, 2010

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Who wouldn’t want to experience this delightful display of competence, the next time they go to a hospital?

The Census Bureau wasted millions of dollars in preparation for its 2010 population count, including thousands of temporary employees who picked up $300 checks without performing work and others who overbilled for travel costs.

Federal investigators caution the excessive charges could multiply once the $15 billion headcount begins in earnest next month unless the agency imposes tighter spending controls, according to excerpts of a forthcoming audit obtained by The Associated Press.

On a positive note, investigators backed the Census Bureau’s decision to spend $133 million on its advertising campaign, saying it was appropriate to boost public awareness. The spending included a $2.5 million Super Bowl spot that some Republicans had criticized as wasteful.

I remember that commercial, and the derision that met it on Twitter when it was aired. I am sure that some people will defend the use of taxpayer funds to finance the commercial. Better them than me.

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