Tax Day: CAGW Blasts Federal Waste

Apr 16, 2001, 01:00 ET from Citizens Against Government Waste

    WASHINGTON, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Citizens Against Government Waste
 (CAGW), in recognition of Tax Day, today expressed outrage at the federal
 government's continued abuse of hundreds of billions of tax dollars in
 outdated, ineffective, duplicative, and wasteful programs and agencies.  CAGW
 recommends the largest possible tax cut to encourage government efficiency, as
 well as a government waste commission to recommend a complete federal
 overhaul.
     "As they file their tax returns this Tax Day, Americans should be outraged
 by the federal government's ongoing waste of their hard-earned money," CAGW
 President Tom Schatz said.  "Taxpayers are paying the highest taxes in
 peacetime history to a government that mismanages their money and provides
 mostly poor services in return.  The government has created a tax code so
 byzantine no one fully understands it, a regulatory state so massive it
 costs the private sector $500 billion per year, and a completely bloated and
 incorrigible federal bureaucracy."
     According to one study, the tax code costs individuals and businesses
 approximately $125 billion each year in compliance costs.  Additionally,
 taxpayers spend 4.3 billion hours per year in income tax compliance, the
 equivalent of a work force of over two million people, more than work in the
 auto industry, the computer manufacturing industry, the airline manufacturing
 industry, and the steel industry combined.
     "CAGW calls for fundamental tax reform, as well as a freeze on new
 spending to force federal streamlining, downsizing, and reform," Schatz also
 said.  "The Bush Administration's $1.96 trillion federal budget, released last
 week, is a positive first step, but much deeper reforms need to be made."
     CAGW has identified $1.2 trillion over five years in waste, fraud, and
 abuse to be eliminated from the budget immediately.
     "By capping the budget's growth at 4 percent, the president makes it
 significantly tougher for lots of last minute pork and bogus 'emergency
 spending' to be added on," Schatz added.  "The idea that the general welfare
 would be imperiled by 'only' increasing spending by four percent is
 preposterous and illustrates the entrenched, tax-and-spend mentality in
 Congress."
     Among other reforms, the Bush budget would eliminate over 6,000
 unrequested earmarks -- a.k.a. pork projects -- from federal outlays.  This
 year, by CAGW's estimation, there were 6,333 such improper items crammed in by
 appropriators amounting to $18.5 billion, a figure in line with the
 administration's projection.
     "This massive 'porkfest' is the clearest sign that federal levies are too
 high, and every possible step should be taken to ensure that the
 big-spenders in Washington get their hands on fewer taxpayer dollars,"
 Schatz concluded.
     Citizens Against Government Waste is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization
 dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, mismanagement and abuse in
 government.
 
 

SOURCE Citizens Against Government Waste
    WASHINGTON, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Citizens Against Government Waste
 (CAGW), in recognition of Tax Day, today expressed outrage at the federal
 government's continued abuse of hundreds of billions of tax dollars in
 outdated, ineffective, duplicative, and wasteful programs and agencies.  CAGW
 recommends the largest possible tax cut to encourage government efficiency, as
 well as a government waste commission to recommend a complete federal
 overhaul.
     "As they file their tax returns this Tax Day, Americans should be outraged
 by the federal government's ongoing waste of their hard-earned money," CAGW
 President Tom Schatz said.  "Taxpayers are paying the highest taxes in
 peacetime history to a government that mismanages their money and provides
 mostly poor services in return.  The government has created a tax code so
 byzantine no one fully understands it, a regulatory state so massive it
 costs the private sector $500 billion per year, and a completely bloated and
 incorrigible federal bureaucracy."
     According to one study, the tax code costs individuals and businesses
 approximately $125 billion each year in compliance costs.  Additionally,
 taxpayers spend 4.3 billion hours per year in income tax compliance, the
 equivalent of a work force of over two million people, more than work in the
 auto industry, the computer manufacturing industry, the airline manufacturing
 industry, and the steel industry combined.
     "CAGW calls for fundamental tax reform, as well as a freeze on new
 spending to force federal streamlining, downsizing, and reform," Schatz also
 said.  "The Bush Administration's $1.96 trillion federal budget, released last
 week, is a positive first step, but much deeper reforms need to be made."
     CAGW has identified $1.2 trillion over five years in waste, fraud, and
 abuse to be eliminated from the budget immediately.
     "By capping the budget's growth at 4 percent, the president makes it
 significantly tougher for lots of last minute pork and bogus 'emergency
 spending' to be added on," Schatz added.  "The idea that the general welfare
 would be imperiled by 'only' increasing spending by four percent is
 preposterous and illustrates the entrenched, tax-and-spend mentality in
 Congress."
     Among other reforms, the Bush budget would eliminate over 6,000
 unrequested earmarks -- a.k.a. pork projects -- from federal outlays.  This
 year, by CAGW's estimation, there were 6,333 such improper items crammed in by
 appropriators amounting to $18.5 billion, a figure in line with the
 administration's projection.
     "This massive 'porkfest' is the clearest sign that federal levies are too
 high, and every possible step should be taken to ensure that the
 big-spenders in Washington get their hands on fewer taxpayer dollars,"
 Schatz concluded.
     Citizens Against Government Waste is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization
 dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, mismanagement and abuse in
 government.
 
 SOURCE  Citizens Against Government Waste