Nov 4, 2010

Grateful dead: deceased receiving government money

A report from Senator Tom Coburn says agriculture, Social Security, health care and other programs paid out more than $1 billion to the deceased in the past 10 years.

"Nothing represents the stupidity of wasteful Washington spending more than directing a billion taxpayer dollars to the deceased," Coburn said.

"Congress itself created this mess by allowing poorly designed programs to continue unchecked. As a result, $1 billion of taxpayer funds has gone to 250,000 deceased individuals since 2000. If Congress is ready to get serious about spending restraint, ending subsidies for deceased people is a sensible place to start."

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