Overpayments are a rampant problem in the unemployment insurance system. The federal government and states overpaid an estimated $14 billion in benefits in fiscal 2011, or roughly 11% of all the jobless benefits paid out, according to reports from the U.S. Labor Department.
Of the states, Indiana was the worst offender, making more improper payments than it did correct ones.
So, there's waste. Get over it. Find it, root it out, cut it.
And yes- let's examine our so-called essentials and see if there aren't things that the market could do more efficiently than government. That's waste, too.