How conveeeenient - a GAO report on payments to dead farmers smack in the middle the farm bill debate.
The Agriculture Department sent $1.1 billion in farm payments to more than 170,000 dead people over a seven-year period, congressional investigators say. [More of a rather formulaic story]Some good questions to ask when you see articles like this.
- How much total money did the FSA hand out during this period? If we do a rough estimate of $20B per year, then the dead guys got about 0.7%. In other words, 99.3% of these funds were NOT dispersed to dead people.
- How does the above compare to other welfare programs of government (SS, Homeland Security, etc.)?
- How much are we willing to spend in staff, auditors, investigators, etc. to recover that $1.1B?
- Have you ever tried to close an estate in 2 years? I have and it's like trying to kill a zombie.