I’m Dr. John Pitchford and I’m fed up watching hundreds of millions of dollars literally being stolen from the taxpayers. I am a small business owner, a retired U.S. Army colonel, and a proven corruption fighter as reported by nationally syndicated columnist Colonel David Hackworth.
It takes uncompromising integrity to fight corruption. Read more about my fight to stop senior leader thievery in the U.S. Army here and here.
I support the Texas Public Officials Accountability Act. This act will require mandatory minimum prison sentences for public officials and government bureaucrats who used the power of their positions for personal financial gain by defrauding the taxpayers. As a society we believe in the deterrent effect of mandatory minimum prison sentences and it is time to apply this deterrent effect to those who been given power, privilege, and access to the public’s money.
No New Taxes - There is more than enough money lost to fraud, waste, and abuse to balance the Texas budget. Everyday there are new examples. Recently a doctor from Desoto was arrested in this nation’s largest Medicaid scam that cost the taxpayers $375 million dollars. In December, WFAA ran an eleven part series called “Crooked Teeth,” WFAA reported how a well-intentioned entitlement program to provide medically necessary dental braces exploded into free braces for every child on Medicaid. Since 2007 this program has cost Texas taxpayers $420 million. In 2010 alone Texas taxpayers paid $182 million. The money spent in Texas for this one “small” program was more than the other 49 states combined.
More Accountability – Do the math, nearly $800 million was lost and no one in the Texas government noticed. Multiply these numbers times hundreds of other programs and there truly is more than enough waste to balance the budget. Employees working for the Desoto doctor reported his $375 million dollar scam and the “Crooked Teeth” story was uncovered by a television station. There is no excuse for an oversight failure of this magnitude, but I’m afraid these two examples are just the tip of the iceberg
More with LeSS – The 82nd Legislature unanimously passed Senate Bill 563 to begin the implementation of a program called Lean Six Sigma (LSS). This program was originally developed to improve manufacturing efficiencies, but is proving itself useful in other areas. The City of Irving has significantly cut their annual budget without cutting services to the citizens. The U.S. Army has adopted LSS. Currently this program is being used to improve the efficiency of the Texas Workforce Commission. Every governmental spending program in Texas needs a top to bottom review.
Other Issues – The 83rd Texas Legislature will have other significant problems to solve. The funding of public education, transportation infrastructure, and finding new sources of water are all issues that cannot be pushed further down the road. The problem is that Texas taxpayers are not willing to pay any new taxes for these programs without first knowing the problems of fraud, waste, abuse, and inefficiency have been solved.
Send a Message to Austin - President Calvin Coolidge said, “Nothing is easier than spending the public money. It does not appear to belong to anybody. The temptation is overwhelming to bestow it on somebody.”
The money does belong to somebody… it belongs to you. Send a message Austin… send me.