The left still inexplicably harbors some delusion about the usefulness of government. Of course, the rule of law is an important thing and a limited, administratively-minded government is an important factor in maintaining civil society. However, the misguided liberal belief in the supreme capabilities of government is not only demonstrably misplaced, but downright laughable.
The federal government has spent the last ten years digitizing immigration forms. They have labored and spent more than $1 billion over the course of a decade to digitize immigration forms and place them online.
There’s just one problem: after all is said and done and the billion dollars and ten years have been spent, only one immigration form has been digitized and placed online.
One. Uno. Un. Ein. 1.
Yes- even if the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had dutifully digitized and placed online virtually every immigration form in existence in America, it could still be called a huge waste of money and resources when coming at a cost of $1 billion and ten years of work.
But one form? That’s pathetic.
On Monday, The Washington Post broke the story highlighting government inefficiency and noting that after all this time and money, only one form out of roughly 100 had been placed online and was capable of accepting a fee payable online.
In comparison, this act of government waste has made the Obamacare online marketplace look like a technological marvel.
According to the Post, the project was supposed to be completed in 2013 at a pricetag of around half-a-billion dollars, a hefty sum that would cost taxpayers roughly $5,000 per form.
But don’t worry- DHS officials aren’t giving up and the project is expected to now be done within the next four years at a sum of $3 billion.
The report details how only three forms were ever digitized, but two had to be taken down after problems.
So, for a billion dollars, the federal government is 1 for 3.
Officials at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services have the audacity to try and defend this astounding amount of government waste by asserting that it is a difficult task.
“USCIS is actively working to go agile and move our application processes online. The Transformation initiative is developing that capability and will allow us to eventually move away from processing 8 million paper-based benefit requests a year,” the agency said in a statement. “But fixing a broken immigration system is not easy and this has taken longer than originally planned.”
Sure- I’m willing to buy that there have been snafus in the process and it’s not uncommon in the public (or private) sector to have cost increases and delays. But after ten years and $1 billion, the only explanation offered to Americans is that it’s tough and that they’re working on it?
What is perhaps most startling about this figure is not just the shocking government inefficiency, but the question it prompts: what other matters are being entrusted to these stooges?
The same government that wasted a billion dollars of taxpayer money to digitize a single form is the same federal government that swears that they can safely and effectively administer the healthcare of hundreds-of-millions of Americans.
Further, they state that their intervention into the medical field will help keep healthcare costs affordable.
These people, armed with a bloated staff, ten years and a billion dollars could not do what a competent private sector web designer could do in a long weekend and we are expected to trust them with our very lives?
That should alarm every single American.