You Want An Example Of Government Waste?
I didn't ask for it but someone at the Social Security Advisory Board (SSAB) was kind enough to put me on the mailing list for printed copies of their reports. I just got the printed copy of Filing for Social Security Disability Benefits: What Impact Does Professional Representation Have on the Process at the Initial Application Level. It's been available online for about three months. Forget the negligible merits of the report. Let's focus on the printing of the report. It's printed on paper that is almost as stiff and slick as the stock my firm uses for our business cards. I don't think I've ever seen a magazine printed on stock this thick. This makes the report so stiff it's a little difficult to even read it. It's slick paper too, slicker than my firm's business cards which are themselves printed on coated stock. At least the report isn't in full color but it does use two colors (black and brown). Even two color printing costs money. Printing like this takes time. That's why it took three months to print it. No one would think of printing such an ephemeral document in this way if they had any concern with cost. Don't blame the Social Security Administration. The SSAB has its own appropriation controlled by its deficit-hating Republican majority.