I bet everyone reading this has heard at least one Republican whine about high taxes. I know I have. If it isn't high taxes, it's the level of services we get for the taxes we pay.
Tonight, I found some great ammunition for us to use the next time we are faced with a whining wingnut. It's all right here in this AP piece by Hope Yen found in the Charlotte Observer.
WASHINGTON - About $10 billion has been squandered by the U.S. government on Iraq reconstruction aid because of contractor overcharges and unsupported expenses, and federal investigators warned Thursday that significantly more taxpayer money is at risk.
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The three top auditors overseeing work in Iraq told a House committee their review of $57 billion in Iraq contracts found that Defense and State department officials condoned or allowed repeated work delays, bloated expenses and payments for shoddy work or work never done.
More than one in six dollars charged by U.S. contractors were questionable or unsupported, nearly triple the amount of waste the Government Accountability Office estimated last fall.
Now those are some wasted tax dollars. That's not all. The piece also informs us that almost a third of that $10 billion was paid to Dick Cheney's former company, Halliburton.
Follow the link and read the entire piece. Tuck those talking points away for the next time a Republican whines about his tax dollars going to support single moms on welfare.