The Government Investigates the Government on Grant Abuses
- Author: Chris Remington
- Posted: 2022-12-08
Not everyone in America knows this, mostly because the corporate news media doesn't cover it at all, but there are billions of dollars missing in COVID relief money. Some estimate that it's over $300 billion that has vanished, when you combine both the Trump and Biden spending bills; and that doesn't even get into Joe Biden's $2 trillion infrastructure bill that has just seemed to vanish entirely. During the height of the COVID pandemic in 2020, Congress passed the CARES Act, and billions of dollars were sent out to each individual state in order to give grant money to the citizens. Over two years later, all 50 states have reported missing money and potential fraud. Very recently in Wisconsin, the state led an investigation into the state and found that the Wisconsin Department of Revenue failed to follow its own eligibility requirements for 45 grants.
To put this another way: Thousands of claims of grant fraud were made in Wisconsin based on how their state COVID grants were handed out, and the state government investigated the state government and found that only 45 grants were in error, due to accidental filing discrepancies. The Legislative Audit Bureau, which is part of the state government, apparently completed a thorough investigation into the matter, and they found that no one did anything criminal here. It's all just a big misunderstanding, and it's only 45 grants out of tens of thousands that went out.
How convenient it is for governments in America that America's governments never do anything wrong. This has long been the precedent for the government. Whatever you may feel about figures like David Koresh and Waco, the fact is that the entire world witnessed the ATF and FBI collaborate on a privately owned compound and burn it to the ground. Agents then posed for photos standing proudly above the charred, dead bodies on the ground. It was a horrific scene following a nightmare of a situation. But if you think the government was in any way responsible for this carnage, think again. The government investigated the government and found that the government did nothing wrong.
You only see examples of this odd system when there's something so compelling that the media cannot ignore. The fact is that every single day in America, the government investigates and exonerates itself.
The Perfect Record of the Government
Businesses that range from very small to large corporations are found guilty constantly of wrongdoing. Thousands of American citizens are found guilty of crimes every single day in America. Though when it comes to governments, they never seem to have to face consequences; and this is because the government gets to investigate itself. For many years in America, various groups have tried to set up third-party arbitrators and civilian review boards in order to hold the government accountable on both the state and federal levels. Though no such bodies have ever been allowed to form. Why is that the case? The government has decreed that no authority is above them, and thus no separate authority apart from the government is able to judge the government.
This is all true. While it sounds more like something you would hear about in a third-world African nation, or some religious theocracy in the Middle East, it's actually the United States of America leading the charge here by proclaiming that its governments are above the citizens. Sadly, this is a polarizing issue that has Americans split down the middle, as a right-wing/left-wing issue. It's considered right-wing and "fascist" to want to hold the government accountable now. Oddly enough, just a little over a decade ago, it was a left-wing thing to want to hold the government accountable, under George W. Bush, and it was the right-wing against it, calling the other side "communists" for demanding accountability.
The winds shift, the people stay polarized, and it's the government that wins by avoiding all accountability. Reports from literally millions of individuals and businesses claim that CARES Act COVID funds were abused or misappropriated, and to date there are hundreds of billions of dollars that are just flat-out missing. Yet the government gets to investigate itself, and the government finds that only a tiny handful of COVID relief grants went to businesses that were ineligible.
One day, when everything in America calms down, someone's going to make a movie about just how powerful and self-serving the American government is, and it's going to be so incredibly outlandish that no one will believe it. Though it will be 100% true.