Another $25 Billion Pissed Away by George Bush

Remember that $9 billion that seems to have simply disappeared into thin air in Iraq? Add another $25 billion to the money the Bush Administration has just pissed away through incompetence, in this case by failing to implement recommendations made by Inspectors General.

Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Sen. Claire McCaskill, and Rep. Ed Towns issued a new report that finds that the Bush Administration has failed to implement over 13,000 recommendations made by Inspectors General (IGs) since 2001. Federal agencies could save taxpayers over $25 billion by implementing these open recommendations.

“Under the Bush Administration, thousands of proposals to make government more efficient languished,” said Rep. Waxman. “The result has been billions of dollars in waste, fraud, and abuse. Congress will work with the new Administration to restore accountability and increase the effectiveness of our government.”


The House Oversight Committee asked the nation’s IGs to identify all recommendations made between January 1, 2001, and December 31, 2008, that had not been implemented by federal agencies. The information provided shows that the Bush Administration failed to implement 13,847 recommendations since 2001, which could have saved taxpayers $25.9 billion. Almost half of these recommendations were made over a year ago, and more than a quarter were made over two years ago.

Just two more weeks of suffering under the epic incompetence of the "MBA President."

  1. klynn says:

    When I campaigned against GWB nine years ago, my arguments against him were simply based on his failures in business and leadership. I stated that he would bankrupt this country and our childrens’ futures.

    I hate being right or being the the position of being able to state, “I told you so!”

    A friend recently resent one of my old emails that stated my opposition to Bush and apologized for voting for Bush and not heeding my caution.

  2. BoxTurtle says:

    Chump change. If we were to find out how much BushCo actually donated to waste, fraud and abuse it would add two zeros to that number.

    Boxturtle (But don’t worry, we’ve already printed enough to replace it)

  3. Palli says:

    This money has not been “pissed” away as in discarded, lost it has been transferred to the disreputable self-seeking opportunist profiteers of this republican cabal. called “spreading the money around” it is a good way to insure loyalty and wider participation in and support for the idea of “specialness” and survival of the fittest conteststhat pit Americans against Americans and scoffs at the world community. There should be a capital gains corporate tax for gross income accrued during the last eight years. Remember those “trade shows” just after shock and awe?
    Only the some little guys with honest intentions, lost their lives…the rest made their millions, trillions (some with deliberate bad labor practices and safety records.

  4. plunger says:

    Is anybody completely fed up yet?

    The IDF is absolutely targeting civilians intentionally. In fact, they are targeting the schools of UN workers INTENTIONALLY. This is purposeful. They want every motherfucker on earth to get the message –

    “try to stop us and we will fucking fill you and your family.”

    Very simple.

    The groundwork for this exact approach was laid first in Iraq, when Mossad bombed the UN offices in Baghdad at the outset of the OCCUPATION there, killing the French leader of the UN forces.

    NEXT – They intentionally and repeatedly bombed a known UN observation post during the recent GENOCIDE in Lebanon – ignoring direct appeals by the UN forces stationed there until they dropped a bomb directly on them, on purpose, wile talking to them on the radio, killing all of the UN Observers in the process.

    AND NOW THIS:….._0106.html

    Targeting babies. Are you sufficiently fucking disgusted with Israel’s Zionist Likud and their AIPAC-funded US co-conspirator dual-citizen Congressman, Senators and DOD Spies yet?


  5. readerOfTeaLeaves says:

    Well, if I put 25,900.000.000 into my calculator and divide by 13,847, then I arrive at $1,870,441.25 per recommendation.

    Obviously, that’s not accurate; some would have saved far more than that.
    But for anyone who wants to bleat that Waxman’s wasting taxpayer time, it might be pointed out that just under $2 million per recommendation ain’t chump change.

  6. BoxTurtle says:

    I never meant to accuse Waxman of wasting time and I apologize if it came across that way. But $25B doesn’t sound like that much when compared to the Bailout costs or the interest on all this debt we’re piling up because congress won’t fund what they legislate.

    But making recommendations to BushCo is like peeing up a rope, only less satisifying. How many of Waxman’s lawful orders has BushCo simply blown off? And Waxman expects them to respect his RECOMMENDATIONS?

    Boxturtle (Insanity is don’t the same thing over and over, expecting different results)

    • BoxTurtle says:

      Boxturtle (Insanity is don’t doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results)

      Boxturtle (Spellcheckers are great, I spelled “don’t” perfectly)

  7. radiofreewill says:

    As President, imvho, Bush has never been interested in promoting the Rule of Law – his Maniacal Focus has been on making everyone Do As He Says.

    So, the suggested refinements to the processes of the Law by the IGs, in all likelihood, probably captured less of Chimpy’s attention than a good butt-scratching – after all, in Bush’s mind there is no problem that can’t be solved by a wave of his UE hand – that waving motion is all the ‘legal process’ Bush needed.

    Still, in two weeks, the Curtain will be pulled-back on Bush, and We will begin to reconcile the Small, Hateful, Sadistic, Petty, Tyrannical Narccissist with the Shameless-Actor who played the role of ‘Father of Our Nation in a Time of Peril, Our President.’

    It’s not going to be pretty…

    • readerOfTeaLeaves says:


      And JohnLopresti, what an interesting discovery you’ve made:

      Besides enhancing the value of these reports by providing live links to the source documents at each IG office, additionally there should be an addendum explaining the diplomatic reference to noncompliant or incompletely responsive IGs…

      Here’s hoping that Waxman is simply in Phase II of laying a foundation for some interesting conversations going forward. Perhaps his next phase will fill in some information gaps…?

  8. freepatriot says:

    off topic, but in line with klynn @ 1

    poppy’s trial balloon must have popped in his face. Now I’m seeing reports that jeb bush is thinking of passing on that senate seat

    guess he don’t want to face the barrage of shoes that the bush family has in it’s future

    the Constitution prohibits ”corruption of blood”, but common sense don’t

    have a nice life

  9. JohnLopresti says:

    I appreciate the IG report link. Waxman’s tables usually prove to have enduring value. In this instance, to find the referenced reports requires searches, as the footnotes provide only the physical document name for each of the “(63) IGs (which) provided partial or full responses to this new Committee request”. Besides enhancing the value of these reports by providing live links to the source documents at each IG office, additionally there should be an addendum explaining the diplomatic reference to noncompliant or incompletely responsive IGs. For example, having in mind the Bremmer testimony about $12. BBN USD bricks lost, I looked in the current Waxman IG oversight report for mention of the USaid organization, but there were only summary points, no link-thru to an actual IG report whose own executive summary might identify more specific losses by incident, and suggested remedies; however, in the turmoil of the occupation, likely none of the discovered loss nodes would exist in their prior configuration, such is the chaos of conflict and civil disruption.

    Three decades ago a reactionary septuagenarian obtained election to the US House based on an antistudent liberation campaign he conducted; he was reputed to snooze during budget meetings, a critique to which he provided a rejoinder about the boredom he experienced when ensconced with bureaucrats to whom point five was the meetingroom surrogate for the figure $500. million USD.

  10. sagesse says:

    Kind of off-topic – But with the “pissed away” title discussing money down the drain, this recently disclosed quarter million dollar Bush Interior Secretary Kempthorne bathroom remodel seemed to somehow fit in.…..ment-69453