Head of Taxpayers Protection Alliance blasts federal gov track record on spending and accountability
Taxpayers Protection Alliance President David Williams discusses the government's reckless spending, with a lot of the money going to fraudulent payments.
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The president of Taxpayers Protection Alliance says that the government has not been prioritizing how money is spent, especially with FEMA.
"The problem is they're so anxious to spend money, but they're not anxious to do the oversight," David Williams said on the Wednesday edition of the "Just the News, Not Noise" TV show. "There needs to be money that is set aside and earmarked for the inspector general to root this out."
Williams went on to say that because of the government's mismanagement of money, criminals who look to scam people and defraud others take advantage of that.
"The criminals know that the government doesn't have these checks and balances in place," Williams stated. "And that's why you see $3.7 billion just disappear. It just disappears from the US Treasury."
Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin made headlines recently after saying that his son was a victim of PPP fraud, Fox News reported.
"I have a family example where my son was accused of defaulting on a $140,000 PPP loan for the Durbin Construction Company," Durbin said to reporters on Capitol Hill. "There's no Durbin Construction Company," he said. "Somebody had stolen and secured [a] $140,000 loan."
According to Williams, there's hardly any effort to check the identity of people or check the existence of companies before the government writes a check.
"The late Senator Tom Coburn begged Congress to appropriate money for oversight during Hurricane Katrina," Williams said, referring to FEMA. "He said, 'We're going to spend hundreds of billions of dollars. Let's spend a few million to do oversight,' and they rejected his amendment. So this goes way back."
Williams referred to Congress' spending as a "photo-op" and that Congress hasn't learned their lesson in regards to spending.
"They still just push money out so quickly, because to them, it's a photo op," Williams concluded. "It may not be a real photo op. It's a virtual photo op to say, 'I just spent a trillion dollars to 'help' people.'"