According to a government report out this morning the federal government spends $100 billion per year improperly. In dollar terms, a lot of the improper payments go to programs for the poor: supplemental nutrition assistance, school lunches, Medicaid, EITC. In years past when Republicans went after waste in such programs Democrats attacked them for callousness. It will be interesting to see if the Obama administration is aggressive about tightening spending in these programs and how Congress will react.
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