Archive

Posts Tagged ‘Abuse’

Measuring Effectiveness, Facts and Course Corrections for Waste, Fraud, Abuse

August 22nd, 2018 Comments off

MeasuringEffectivenessFactsCourseCorrectionsForWasteFraudAbuseDailyBusinessNewsMHProNews

Effectiveness is the achievement of the desired objective.” – SoftwareMetrics report comparing private charities to the federal government. 

  

Across the left-right media divide, there are clear indicators of the scope of some problems that impacts every taxpayer, business, and citizen.

For example. Arguably the largest competitor to manufactured housing are federal, state, and local housing programs. These are designed to essentially make – mostly conventional housing – ‘cost less,’ by paying the difference through tax subsidies.  

But as even junior high school students used to learn decades ago, TANSTAAFL. “There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch.”  Someone always pays. It’s a fantasy to say that the ‘rich’ will pay, because capital flees when regulations and/or taxation gets too high. That’s being proved true in reverse in America, when as tax rates and regulations dropped, capital is reportedly returning to the U.S. at the rate of $100 billion dollars a month. 

So the issue of entitlement programs ought to periodically be examined, though several different lens. Among those lenses ought to be the question, how effective are the programs? 

UCDavisUnitedStatesPovertyRateSince1959to2015DailyBusinessNewsMHProNews_001

Waste, Fraud, Abuse  

Fraud, waste, and abuse in government spending drain billions of taxpayer dollars…For 2015, the White House estimated a loss of $137 billion through improper payments,” per Deloitte. But a prior Washington Post indicated that the Obama Administration estimate was far too low.  

The federal government lost $261 billion, or 7 percent of total spending, to fraud and waste in 2012,” reported the Washington Post March 10, 2013. 

Medicaid fraud costs the federal government a staggering $140 billion annually,” said the National Review, in Sept. 2016. Note that was Medicaid alone, not other parts of federal spending.  

Since fiscal year 2003—when certain agencies were required by statute to begin reporting improper payments—cumulative improper payment estimates have totaled over $1 trillion,” according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

 GAOPieChartOnWasteFraudAbuseDailyBusinessNewsMHProNews

But that doesn’t include the Department of Defense, said the GAO. 

 

CAGW’s Prime Cuts 

Citizens Against Government Waste’s (CAGW) has “…been publishing Prime Cuts since 1993.  The 2017 version contains 607 recommendations that would save taxpayers $336.2 billion in the first year and $2.3 trillion over five years.  The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that the fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget deficit will be $693 billion.  If all the Prime Cuts recommendations were adopted, a balanced budget could be achieved within three years.  Since CAGW’s inception in 1984, the implementation of its recommendations has helped save taxpayers $1.8 trillion.” 

Citizens Against Government Waste’s (CAGW) Sept 2017 report is linked here.

 

CitizensAgainstGovernmentWasteSept2017PrimeCutsSummaryDailyBusinessNewsMHProNews629

To see the 2017 Prime Cuts summary, click here or the graphic above.  

 

Federal Effectiveness vs Private Charity?

The top line of this could be as follows. Only 30 percent of federal spending goes to the actual recipient, per SoftwareMetrics, which in turn cited Cato and Charity Navigator.  If so, then 70 percent is going to administration, overhead, or the waste, fraud, and abuse cited above.

 GovernmentEntitlementsVsPrivateCharitiesSoftwareMetricsDailyBusinessNewsMHProNews

Their 3 page report and commentary by SoftwareMetrics that includes the above is linked here.

 

 

Putting Costs in Perspective  

Using the Heritage Foundation’s 2014 estimate that $22 Trillion has been spent on Great Society programs, and dividing that by 50 years, yields some $440,000,000,000 average annual cost.  

The following isn’t a proposal, rather, it’s a data point designed to make industry professionals and other readers step back and think about just how much money that represents. First, it could have essentially eliminated the federal debt.

Next, presuming

  • a typical homesite cost of $45,000 (that could be high or low, depending on location and market),
  • and an average manufactured home of $75,000
  • or $120,000 per home/site combined.  That $440 billion annually would be equal to 3,666,667 manufactured homes plus homesites combination.  

Rephrased, the federal spending is so great, that in less than three years the affordable housing crisis could be ended.  

Or here is another way to look at this huge cost. The spending is so great, that it could produce and more than pay for the number of total number of pre-HUD Code mobile homes, and post code manufactured homes currently in existence.

 

MobileManufacturedHomeManufacturedHousingIndustryFactsDataResearch

Some key manufactured home industry facts at a glance.

 

Ineffective, Rigged, and Corrupt System  

Washington, D.C. has become entrenched with this kind of inefficient, ineffective, and arguably corrupted system.  It took decades to build the existing system to this level. It won’t be undone overnight.  That means a patient, prudent approach is needed. 

The first step is understanding the issues. Articles like this are a part of that first step. 

The next logical step is to share that understanding with others. That can be as easy as emailing a link of this article to your circle, and ask people to give you their feedback.

Third, would be making prudent decisions on who to vote for and against. 

It should be self-evident that there are no perfect candidates. The choice always comes down to what appears to be the ‘lesser evil,’ or ‘the greater good.’ Excellence can and should be sought, but perfection among people isn’t achieved on earth. Thus, the need for a pragmatic ‘wheat and chaff’ approach.

As pragmatic political independents, we could editorially provide examples of who not to vote for; a great example is anyone promoting socialism. When “free” college, healthcare of any other ‘giveaway programs’ are touted by a politician, that’s a good indication that said politico is attempting to scam gullible voters. 

Those who want to ‘double down’ on failed programs would be another candidate for a no vote against them.

Finally, one must grasp just how amazing our economy could be if the federal bureaucracy were trimmed down to its historic core functions.  The states, localities – and best of all – private charities should be doing such functions. The ‘general welfare’ clause was never intended to do these functions, as is evidenced by the fact that such programs essentially didn’t exist until the 20th century.  

The goal of a dramatically smaller federal government would leave more money for everything else.  As the UC Davis Poverty Chart demonstrates, the free market was reducing poverty rates.   

Combining that with the boost provided by opening up affordable housing, including manufactured homes, in local markets through enhanced preemption and level-playing field financing would per the research in the related report below boost the national gross domestic product (GDP) by $2 trillion dollars annually.  That’s this morning’s “News through the lens of manufactured homes, and factory-built housing” © where “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## ## (News, analysis and commentary.)

(Third party images, content are provided under fair use guidelines.)

1) To sign up in seconds for our MH Industry leading emailed news updates, click here.EmailedMHProNewsHeadlineNewsDailyBusinessNews
2) To provide a News Tips and/or Commentary, click the link to the left. Please note if comments are on-or-off the record, thank you.

3) Marketing, Web, Video, Consulting, Recruiting and Training Resources

SoheylaKovachDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsMHLivingNewsSubmitted by Soheyla Kovach to the Daily Business News for MHProNews.com. Soheyla is a managing member of LifeStyle Factory Homes, LLC, the parent company to MHProNews, and MHLivingNews.com.

 

 

Related Reports:

FEAR, a Solution to the Affordable Housing Crisis, and the Manufactured Home Dilemma

 

“Thou Shall Not Steal,” $2 Trillion Annually Lost to Lack of Affordable Homes, Making the Manufactured Home Case

Racism – Getting Increasing Prosperity, Stability, Safety, and Certainty

Reinventing HUD’s role in Quality Affordable Housing, Reducing Poverty and Dependency

“Fiscal Carnage,” “Calamitous Economic Hole”  Decried by Citizens Advocacy Group

October 3rd, 2017 Comments off

CitizensAgainstGovtWasteFiscalCarnageCalamitousEconomicHole2017PrimeCutsGraphicLogoAs Washington, D.C. adjusts to a new administration, the fiscal carnage caused by past presidents continues to haunt the United States,” begins a new report by Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW).

The national debt nearly doubled under former President Obama and is poised to exceed $20 trillion before the end of 2017. To help chart a path out of this calamitous economic hole, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) is releasing Prime Cuts 2017, a comprehensive account of options the federal government possesses to cut into the constantly growing debt,” the group said.

In a release to the Daily Business News (DBN) on MHProNews, CAGW released its Prime Cuts 2017 facts report.

Why It Matters to Business, Taxpayers, and Manufactured Housing Professionals

Federal spending, they have argued,” said the Washington Post, “crowds the private sector and piles regulations and bureaucracy onto companies. Trump’s [then] chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, has said Trump will lead a “deconstruction of the administrative state.”

That statement by Bannon on behalf of the Trump Administration dovetails with another source, which made a similar argument 4 years ago (see graphic, below).

NationalCenterPOlicyAnalysisGovtSpendingCrowdsPrivateSectorOutInDavidRansonTable1DailyBuisnessNewsMHProNews

A recent report on the Daily Business News regarding self-described “street fighter” Bannon, is linked here.

WhiteHouseChiefStrategistSteveBannonWantsGoogleFacebookTreatedLikeMonopolies

From a prior report on Bannon’s anti-trust plans for the Trump Administration. mage credits are as shown, text and collage credits, MHProNews.com. To learn more, click the above.

CAGW’s Plans – A Blueprint for Washington’s Fiscal Conservatives?

Per CAGW’s Curtis Kalin, “Prime Cuts has been published annually since 1993 and addresses every area of government spending.”

 

GraphicExamples2017CAGWPrimeCutsReport

Screen captures are examples from the attached 2017 Prime Cuts report, which summarizes how eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse could balance the federal budget in just 3 years, per the CAGW.

The group cites National Review’s description as, “CAGW members are an iconoclastic bunch skeptical about politicians’ promises.”

As Democrats and Republicans alike are accused of treating the rising federal debts and deficits with relative calm – and an all-too-common, politics as usual stance – CAGW boldly says that implementing their proposals would balance the federal budget in just 3 years.

HealthHumanServicesHHSImproperMedicarePayments2017PrimeCutsCAGWDailyBusinessNewsMHProNews

MHProNews has previously cited the group’s work on several occasions (example, linked here).  While editorially noting that a proper implementation of the Constitution, including the spending limits of Article 1, Section 8 ought to be the standard for any president, elected or appointed federal official, the CAGW’s work represents attainable standards and goals, given the recent decades political/economic climate.

In their release, CAGW bullets:

  • “607 recommendationsfrom bipartisan and nonpartisan sources including the Government Accountability Office, Congressional Budget Office (CBO), President Trump’s fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget, and former President Obama’s “Cuts, Consolidations, and Savings” budget recommendations.
  • Total savings from Prime Cuts 2017 are $336.2 billion in the first year and $2.3 trillion over five years. “

The group states that since 1984, implementation of past recommendations they’ve provided “saved taxpayers more than $1.8 trillion.” 

The group further stated that the bipartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) “estimates that the FY 2017 budget deficit will be $693 billion.  Therefore, if all the Prime Cuts recommendations are adopted, a balanced budget could be achieved within three years.”

CAGW points to President Donald J. Trump’s speech to the Urban League last month and his promise, I will ask that savings be accomplished through common sense reforms that eliminate government waste and budget gimmicks.”

CitizensAgainstGovernmentWasteSept2017PrimeCutsSummaryDailyBusinessNewsMHProNews629

To see the 2017 Prime Cuts summary, click the graphic above. 

This year’s Prime Cuts – with a featured image and a play on words implying federal pork – is found at this link hereMHProNews will plan to cite this document in future reports and editorial commentary. ##  (News, analysis.)

(Image credits are as shown above, and when provided by third parties, are shared under fair use guidelines.)

SoheylaKovachManufacturedHomeLivingNewsManufacturedHousingIndustryDailyBusinessNewsMHProNews-Submitted by Soheyla Kovach to the Daily Business News for MHProNews.com.