“I recently attended a Senate hearing about the policies implemented in the CARES Act. Witnesses and members of Congress spent a lot of time praising the value of government oversight and affirming their desire for more transparency.
First, let me state the obvious: no matter the government program – whether for housing, education, national defense, whatever – carelessness and dishonesty with taxpayer money are commonplace. Each scandal differs from all the others on its surface, but at their core, all scandals are the same.
If you look closely you will find that for each of these scandals (or the ones we know about), one or more of these behaviors and beliefs are in play: lack of humility on the part of those involved with the programs they design; strong ties to special interest groups; intense focus on the next election and those who finance them; and a profound lack of transparency and accountability.”