Will Rogers: Business not good example for government

08/14/2014 4:12 PM

08/15/2014 12:18 AM

Re “Run government as if it were a business” (Letters, Aug. 8): Oh, really?

Lucas Industries knowingly shipped defective equipment to the Navy; $88 million was recovered by the Department of Justice. Boeing agreed to pay more than $4.3 million to settle claims that it overbilled the government. General Electric agreed to pay $7.1 million in a case where it sold jet engines to the Air Force that failed to comply with military requirements. Common examples of doing business with government by business:

• Charging for goods and services that were not provided.
• Using substandard building materials.
• Up-coding procedures to hike the costs on billing.
• Misrepresenting a company as minority-owned in seeking government contracts.
• Falsely claiming products were made in America.

Every business day, Medicare administrative contractors alone process about 4.5 million claims from 1.5 million medical providers.

Will Rogers, Merced

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