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    Mellman is president of The Mellman Group and has worked for Democratic candidates and causes since 1982. Current clients include the majority leaders of both the House and Senate.

    Lurking behind this rosy view are our old friends — waste, fraud and abuse. Americans believe that over 50 cents of every federal dollar is wasted. This fact alone accounts for much of the seeming incoherence in voters’ views on budget matters. If there were a special category of the budget, say, function 999, labeled waste, fraud and abuse, that accounted for 50 percent of the federal budget (or 40 percent of state budgets), then funding for vital programs could be increased, taxes cut and budgets balanced — all easily and simultaneously.

    Yet no one in a position of knowledge or authority believes that. With the possible exception of Ron Paul, I doubt there is a single member of Congress, past or present, who believes in his heart of hearts that 50 cents of every federal dollar can simply be chalked up to waste, fraud and abuse.

    MILTON FRIEDMAN: "We do not influence the course of events by persuading people that we are right when we make what they regard as radical proposals. Rather, we exert influence by keeping options available when something has to be done at a time of crisis."
    TACITUS: "Corruptissima re publica plurimae leges."
    ENGINEERNJ: "You've got one 75-year-old man trying to keep 300 million people from going down the toilet."

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    It's just the "I'm gonna get mine" mentality in Washington. They know what's going on. They just don't want to fix it because it's harder and they will miss out on raiding the piggy bank like all those that came before them and they won't let that happen. It's like Jenga. As long as you can avoid being the one to pull that stick that's going to make the whole system collapse, you're good.
    Dishonest money makes for dishonest people.

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    Dr. Paul is living rent-free in the minds of the neocons, and for a fiscal conservative, free rent is always a good thing
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