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Government waste

JIM POTTER

Linden

Many have heard numerous examples of wasteful government spending, from the $1,000 hammers to the $500 bolts and the millions spent to count fish in a river.

But it is incredible that the government would require people to reimburse the United States for the cost of a flight to return U.S. citizens from a foreign country due to the coronavirus to extent that the cost is 200 to 300 percent of the cost of a round-trip commercial airline ticket. And this after the United States has given millions of bailout dollars to the airlines.

It’s not as if the government doesn’t spend millions of dollars a year flying military planes for training and conveying officials from state to state, so why not use a military plane to repatriate some people.

Any number of searches on the internet will reveal similar complaints as well as the cost of round-trip airfare that is, say, $800 to Ghana West Africa while the government requests reimbursement of $2,500 one way.

Maybe it would be wise for the U.S government to employ someone who can research the cost effectiveness of proposed spending and listen, to book flights as well as any spending, rather than to the lobbyists who line their coffers.

I, for one, would gladly offer to review spending at only the cost of a 10-percent reimbursement for money saved, over the reimbursement cost.

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