The Federal government awarded millions in contracts to companies helmed by people that simply do not exist.
According to the Washington Examiner:
“A Maryland woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges related to setting up at least 15 false businesses in six states that received government contracts despite often being registered to people who did not exist.”
The government awarded these “contracts” close to $2.4 million
Are the Blue Angels flying yet?
Are the White House tours open?
And what’s worse, the woman used her status as a (self-identified) minority to get the contracts. Who says black people can’t ahead? People who don’t know how to defraud the government properly, that’s who.
See, the lady in question took the hard way through the process. She could be living high off the hog on government benefits, rather than fighting her way through the maze of red tape the government requires to get its contracts, and all the verifications she had to pass…
According to DHS, the government has difficulty tracking stuff like this. I’m not kidding.
So let’s put this in perspective: You don’t need an ID to vote, you don’t need to prove you are a minority to get minority status and be awarded government contracts, and you don’t have to make good on the contracts. If you defraud them, the government really has no way of knowing since the NSA/DHS/FBI/OMB/CIA etc…has better things to do.
And here, in a slightly related tangent, is John Stossel discussing govenrment failure. Even when they get it right, they get it wrong.