Every American has a favorite holiday, for some it may be Christmas, for others it could be Thanksgiving, but for the government it’s April 15th.  This is the day all American’s must file their income taxes.

The question we have to ask ourselves is what are we getting for the taxes we pay? In March, the Treasury Department reported that federal tax revenues hit a record with   $1,320,793,000,000 in the first half of fiscal 2014, but still ran a deficit of $413,264,000,000 during that same period.

What does the government do with all of our taxes? Many would argue the government needs this money to pay for the entire infrastructure so vital to our economic well-being and our national defense.

How many billions of dollars are wasted each year on variety of different governmental programs which just squander tax payer money?

Examples of such abuses abound across all areas of the federal government.  The Army spent $300 million dollars on a surveillance blimp to be used in Afghanistan only to end the project and sell the airship back to the manufacture for $301,000.

One of the most under reported area and often forgotten is the close to $1 billion it is costing to build the controversial health care website.

Wasteful governmental spending is not confided only to the federal government, state and local governments across the country are ripe with billions of dollars of wasteful government spending.

Currently, the nation is in debt of over $17 trillion dollars and the egregious spending continues unabated. 

Both Republican and Democrats chastise each other over who is better steward of the government purse when neither party has the public interest at heart except their own political self-interest.

Maybe, and this is probably delusional on my part, we should hold our elected officials accountable for our money, especially as we enter the November mid-term elections, but that is probably too much to ask[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]