It is Our Duty to Hold Administration Responsible for Overspending

Nineteen of 24 federal agencies cannot produce full audits that show how they are spending the taxpayer money they get from Congress every year, according to the Government Accountability Office's review of the books for 2005. The legislative branch isn't adequately examining where taxpayer money is going and whether it's being spent properly, even when istances of waste, fraud and abuse are identified by GAO, the White House's Office of Management and Budget, or the Inspectors General who work in each agency. This unchecked overspending has contributed to four record-high budget deficits in a row and a federal debt that has reached $8.3 trillion and is growing. American taxpayers, including the future generations who will have to pay back that debt with interest -- much of it to foreign coutries -- deserve to know how Washington is spending their money. Congress is letting them down.