When government hands out money, those with connections to government will get money 

Increasing the size and power government will benefit the special interests, because it makes one's connections to government that much more valuable.

The latest example comes in an Inspector General report [pdf] from the Energy Department. The Center for Public Integrity pulls out some highlights:

Mismanagement in West Virginia ranged from giving preferential treatment to state employees and their relatives, to shoddy work at the homes of disabled and poor people who were supposed to benefit the most, the Energy Department’s inspector general report found.

This doesn't surprise me. It shouldn't surprise you. It didn't surprise Obama's stimulus watchdog:

“I have said from the beginning of the [economic] recovery program that weatherization is high-risk,” said Earl Devaney , who as chairman of the Recovery Transparency and Accountability Board is Washington’s top cop overseeing how stimulus dollars are spent. Noted Devaney in a statement to iWatch News : “There was little in the way of internal controls.”

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