Kudos to the New York Daily News for staying on this story. If only a small part of the fiscal abuse it recounts is true, Mr. Galante should be in prison. However, the real damage fiscal abuse and waste cause is the eating away of trust and confidence in government, giving credence to the view of many that only the private sector can operate honestly and efficiently. While I contend that is not even close to being true, stories like this don’t help dispel the myth.
It’s hard enough to convince people of the worth of even honestly-run programs. When taxpayers feel they are being abused, they won’t even consider the merits. I can’t say that I would blame anyone who feels that way after reading this story.