For most people, Easter Eggs are sweet treats that roll around once a year, but for those deeply ingrained in film culture, Easter Eggs are something entirely different. Hidden in plain sight, these tidbits of information and references to films gone by are the ultimate reward for the eagle-eyed viewer. This rule is from the late – and very budget-conscious- U.S. Senator Dr. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma who passed away in 2020.
It’s a target rich environment for government waste, fraud, corruption and taxpayer abuse.
Yet, today comes a breath of fresh air!
Thanks to our honorary chairman, the late U.S. Senator Dr. Tom Coburn, the federal government’s own internal watchdog must regularly search for duplications and inefficiencies in federal spending — and report them to Congress.
Back in 2010, when President Obama was negotiating yet another debt-ceiling deal, Coburn insisted that this simple reform be part of the agreement.
Altogether, since 2010, the Coburn Rule has saved taxpayers a collective $600 BILLION!
As Senator Coburn himself said of these reports: “Turning this ready-made list of cuts into savings is one of the best ways Congress can regain the trust and confidence of the American people. No American – regardless of party or ideology – wants to see their tax dollars fund unnecessary duplication and bloat.”
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves! And we will continue taking up the mantle of his work, as our auditors use state-of-the-art tools to expose more waste, fraud, and corruption in government.
Today, let’s pause and acknowledge Tom Coburn’s historic leadership: The Coburn Rule was a big win for taxpayers!
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