Massive fraudulence is commonplace in these massive bills that respond to such short-notice emergency requirements, from Desert Storm on through the multitude of bills driven by the COVID-19 crisis (“Pandemic unemployment aid landed in wallets of enemies,” Page 1, Nov. 29). They are vaguely written and the objectives are poorly articulated and understood. Moreover, the short timelines make it impossible to establish competent fiscal oversight.

This isn’t a bug or flaw in the system; it’s a feature — designed by our politicians to distribute billions of dollars to friends and supporters both here and abroad.

Now that’s a story you should be covering.


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