Friday, December 2, 2011


In this blog post, Dr. Robert Brueck MD, Fort Myers cosmetic surgeon, rants about ill-spent tax collections.

It seems the news headlines are about a budget deal to reduce our deficit spending by 1.2 trillion dollars over 10 years.

After all, our families must live within their budgets. Why not expect our federal government to do likewise? The bigger the government becomes the more waste, fraud and irresponsibility creeps into the system. Have you ever seen an increase in government revenue that did not lead to an equal or greater increase in spending?

I recently read an article about the government paying or spending $363 million for obesity surgery on military families over the last 10 years. Taxpayers are on the hook for this expense through Tricare.

Okay. One can argue this is preventative, ie: losing weight can lead to fewer medical problems long term. But, during an investigation, it was found the government, that is, you and I, paid for tummy tucks, brow lifts, breast augmentations, etc. This is elective cosmetic surgery.

So in a time of runaway spending is this what taxpayers should be spending their dollars on?

Yes, it is a small item, but I think it speaks about the culture of runaway, irresponsible spending and who’s on the hook?

That’s right. You and I.



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