USASpending.gov was launched in December 2007 as a way to provide greater transparency about how taxpayer dollars are being spent. But according to a report by the Government Accountability Office, $619 billion were unaccounted for in an analysis of 2012 spending data — and many of the presented numbers should be taken with a grain of salt.
While many are asking how the government could possibly fail to account for $619 billion, Glenn Beck on Wednesday asked a different question: Where is the money?
“I’m sorry, you didn’t lose it,” Beck said on his radio program. “You couldn’t lose money that fast. You couldn’t. That is being funneled somewhere. The question should be … not who lost the money, but where is it?”
According to the Washington Post, many agencies reported contracts, but not grants and awards, which makes up for part of the unreported $619 billion. But the GAO report states that only between 2 percent and 7 percent of the information is “fully consistent with agency records,” which calls everything into question.
The Department of Health and Human Services was the biggest culprit, according to USA Today: It failed to report $544 billion.
“What would you do with $544 billion?” Beck asked. “What kind of programs could you put in place? What kind of ACORNs — could you imagine, take $20 million, take $1 billion, $1 billion. Can you imagine what you could fund with an ACORN for $1 billion?”
Beck also noted that $619 billion is the better part of what Americans spent on the stimulus package, which we all “sweated and toiled” over.
“It’s not like you have a big pile of cash,” Beck said. “There are checks that have to be written. How do you lose $619 billion? Why is Congress not all over this?”
Beck said the money was either lost due to “mass incompetence,” or it was used in a way the government didn’t want to disclose.
He said he wants to know “who are we giving this money to … and who is in charge of the check writing.”
Then-Sen. Barack Obama co-sponsored the legislation to create the website, calling it a “milestone on the path to greater openness and transparency.”
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