Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, who pushed the law requiring the GAO to look each year at duplication, estimates that overall the office has found $300 billion in overlap. Coburn is correct when he says it's immoral, given the country's fiscal mess, for Congress to ignore the GAO's findings.
But you can bet most members will do exactly that because, for them, protecting the status quo is Job One. Saving Saturday mail delivery is Exhibit A.
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