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Government Overpayments at $5 Billion for Unemployment

Written by Gary North on June 8, 2012

The state of Colorado in 2011 sent out unemployment checks for $128 million to people who were not eligible.

The state’s bureaucrats insist that the will get all that money back. Yes, sirree, You can bet your bottom dollar on that. Just as soon as they find out who got the money.

As for 2010, 2009, etc., that too. Don’t you worry your little head about that.

Furthermore, it will never happen again.

You paid your share. About $98 million came out of the state’s till. The Feds pad the rest.

Nationwide, the Feds estimate, $5 billion went out erroneously in 2011.

Fraud was involved, but also clerical errors.

A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon we’re talking about a fraction of a percent of this year’s federal deficit of $1.3 trillion.

“The majority of overpayments are due to administrative errors. More than 96 percent are administrative errors,” Colorado Department of Labor and Employment spokeswoman Cher Haavind said via e-mail.

The errors are a result of the “complexities of paying benefits and all the intricacies of the federal extended benefits,” she said, but that doesn’t excuse claimants from repayment.

But there will be no more errors. No, sir. All that is in the past. That was then. This is now. A new day has dawned.

One poor schnook collected $5,000. Now the state says to pay it back. He spent it. He is not alone.

The increase in improper payments was $31 million, 2011 over 2010.

The combined balance of state and federal extended improper payments increased by more than $31 million from 2010 to 2011.

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5 thoughts on “Government Overpayments at $5 Billion for Unemployment

  1. we the people,we can,t trust or believe any thing the government or these treasonous politicians tell us any more,just look at how the do book keeping,billions wasted,while vietnam veterans eat out of garbage cans,we the people enough is enough,question everything they do,we the people want to see every penny in,and every penny out,were the money ends up,and to who,its we the peoples money,and we demand accountabilty of every penny,no more hiding books,money,trust time is over.and we the people want answers.god bless ron paul,sheriff joe and cold case posse,chuck norris,and all american veterans/citizens.one nation under god

  2. Just another reason to downsize the government. They can't run a pop stand let alone something as large unemployment or healthcare. It just opens the door for fraud.

  3. Bill McCroskey says:

    New Math …..American Style …. Big Government + Big Social Programs = Missing Money

  4. Funny how people who don’t believe in photo ID’s have such trouble telling who is who.

  5. AD Roberts says:

    The more people who decide to jump up and take some of that FREE money, the faster our nation will go under. Guess who will be out robbing and stealing when that happens. That's right. The same smuck that took the money by fraud.

    But the Democrats are thrilled. That means that the ecoonomy was "stimulated" by all that fraudulent money being spent.

    It is truly amazing how the Democrats will find a way to rationalize their destruction of our nation.