Letter: Random audit is wasted expense

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The Columbian online May 21 story "State auditor: Evergreen schools didn't properly verify income of lunch program applicants," reports that, of the $5,050,000 in federal "meal funding" for children of low-income families received by Evergreen Public Schools, $4,400 was in excess. That is almost 0.0009 percent (nine ten-thousandths) too much! Aagh, the horror!

One wonders what the cost of auditing this $5 million program was. Many times the $4,400 excess, I am sure. One also wonders how proponents of big government can ignore such examples of blatantly ridiculous waste and remain proponents of big government.

Even with no knowledge of rudimentary economics, should it not intuitively make sense that every dollar in value created by the private sector, if left in place in the private sector, would be used in turn to create more value, thereby increasing the wealth of the nation?

Conversely, should it not intuitively make sense that every dollar of value extracted by government from the private sector and simply "spent" is gone forever?

Note, my fellow sheep, that I use the term "dollar in value" rather than simply "dollar," because your friend "big government" is busily debasing every dollar you have as rapidly as it can get away with, thereby stealing from you directly as well as indirectly.

Baaaa!

Richard Willerton

Vancouver