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The government was wasting money working on Y2K. Trump just ended it

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Many liberals will defend every ounce of government spending and regulations as if it will cause the seas to dry up, but President Trump is proving there’s plenty of waste, fraud, and abuse that could save taxpayers time and money.

On Thursday, the Trump Administration ordered the federal government to end dozens of paperwork requirements including preparedness requirements for the Y2K bug that scared computer owners 17 years ago, reported Bloomberg.

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney called the requirement a “total waste of time.”

For anyone born before the year 2000, millions of Americans panicked in 1999 after rumors spread that computer systems would have a coding problem and shut down because of the change from the 20th to 21st century.

The panic subsided and very few computers encountered a glitch, but that hasn’t stopped the government from continuing the fruitless regulations.

Mulvaney said he’s hoping other agencies will examine their own wasteful rules like the Y2K requirement.

The federal government is full of useless requirements, regulations, and offices including the The National Technical Information Service, a government office that store, archives, and sells government reports. It was created in 1950, but has no use now given that the internet provides more than 95 percent of information they sold for free.

In 2014, former Sen. Tom Coburn submitted a bill “Let Me Google That For You Act,” which would have abolished the wasteful office but it gained little traction.

It just proves that when Ronald Reagan was right when he said, “nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program.”


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