Thursday, August 16, 2012

And In Other News, Water Is Wet!

Take a federal bureaucracy. Put it in charge of millions of dollars. Going overseas. To combat a nebulous "foe" that no one can see, find, or touch. That many don't even think exists - and others don't think we can do anything about it. And then we're surprised when something like this happens?

EXCLUSIVE: State Department oversight of climate change spending abroad is a mess, watchdog reports
Inadequate oversight, lax bookkeeping, sloppy paperwork, haphazard performance agreements and missing financial documentation have plagued U.S. State Department spending of tens of millions of dollars to combat climate change, according to a report by State’s internal financial watchdog — and the problem could be much, much bigger than that.
The audit report, issued last month by the State Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG), casts an unflattering spotlight on a relatively obscure branch of the State Department that supervises climate change spending, and depicts it as over-extended in its responsibilities, unstaffed in critical monitoring posts, and more concerned with spending money than in monitoring its effectiveness.
Can *anyone* explain to me why we have a division of the State Department responsbiel for supervising "climate change spending"? Let alone handing it a budget of millions - for which there is precious little accounting? Can you say slush fund? Despite Al Gore's vigorous assertion that "the science is settled", there's still plenty of debate over whether "climate change" is actually happening as a result of man's interaction.

Heck, the simple fact of the matter is that they had to change the name from "global warming" because temperatures weren't, you know, actually rising.

And then we put a huge federal bureaucracy in charge of handing out millions (or more) of taxpayer dollars overseas with little-to-no oversight? Whose bright idea was that? Biden's? Did we expect something other than "DERP! We don't know what happened to that money"? You start tossing around large sums of cash in a foreign land with no expectation of results, ever, and yeah, people are going to queue up for more.

It'd be nice, though, if they weren't doing that with my tax dollars at a time when the US economy is sinking faster than the Titanic...

That is all.

Another dispatch from...
(image courtesy of Robb Allen)

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