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Posted: Thursday, December 1, 2011 3:00 pm

In the irony of the ages, the Arizona attorney general has developed a division called "Fraud Fighters." Its mission is to warn consumers about scams being perpetrated on the poor, unsuspecting public. That's right, you and I are being scammed with yet another governmental boondoggle rich in high-rolling bureaucrats, regulators and paper pushers falling all over themselves to hide the fact that governments themselves are the coolest, slipperiest scam artists of all time.

For instance, the federal government alone doles out untold trillions of TARP funds to sycophants of the Obama administration, while the Federal Reserve continues to print worthless Monopoly money in staggering amounts. Since the beginning of the Obama administration, the U.S. national debt has been increasing by an average of more than $4 billion per day. The interest paid by the government on that debt in 2010 alone was a shocking $413 billion. President Bush is blameworthy enough, but this administration has the dubious distinction of accumulating more debt than the first 42 U.S. presidents combined. And the $200 billion taxpayer bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is arguably the biggest government corruption scandal in our nation's history.

If you take a look at AG Tom Horne's website, you'll find 26 satellite offices mapped out in his kingdom that duplicate services and provide cushy jobs for lawyers-in-training. It even boasts of a "fraud fighter van" you pay for that travels the counties disseminating literature and fighting crime like a superhero. As a matter of fact, the research page on the site lists no less than 27 additional government agencies in the same line of business who can help root out fraud, consumer crime and predatory lending, plus the pitfalls of "life care planning."

What they are determined not to tell you is that the primary scam citizens need to be warned about is the growing threat of Total Government.

PJ O'Malley

Mesa

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