It’s not an award for girth but, rather, a distinction handed out by the watchdog group Citizens Against Government Waste to the federal lawmaker who squanders, or attempts to squander, the most taxpayer money. The envelope, please. And the winner for 2014 is Democratic Senator and 1/32 American Indian Elizabeth Warren, for her inane suggestion that the financially struggling U.S. Postal Service should start acting as a bank.
CAGW, a non-profit, gives the award annually to the lawmaker, government official, or political candidate who has shown the most “blatant disregard” for taxpayers that year. Warren won over six other candidates with 34% of the vote in a public online poll.
She won the award because in 2014 she suggested the USPS fix its financial troubles by rebranding itself as a bank. If USPS offered basic bill paying, check cashing, and small loans, Warren argued, it could make enough money to provide those services and shape up its finances. It could, she wrote in an op-ed published by the Huffington Post, “make a critical difference for millions of Americans who don’t have basic banking services because there are almost no banks or bank branches in their neighborhoods.
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