[announce] Why I Am the Best Candidate for State Auditor
Official Missouri Libertarian Party Announcements
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Tue Oct 26 13:24:39 CDT 2010
Why I Am the Best Candidate for State Auditor
By: Charles W. Baum, Libertarian Nominee for State Auditor
Susan Montee’s website celebrates her experience as an attorney and CPA,
which she feels makes her the most qualified candidate to be Missouri’s
State Auditor. Tom Schweich proclaims how he loves to do audits. I readily
concede that both Tom and Susan can do a better audit than I could do. I
would love to have them on my staff. However, the State Auditor has a staff
of 125 people, many qualified to do a great audit. In fact, many of the
audits are not even done by Susan. She just oversees them. Susan claims to
have saved Missouri millions of dollars. However, there is no accounting of
this. It is ironic that the State Auditor has no real verification that she
has saved the state any money. The State Auditor’s budget is close to
$5,000,000 and we really have no accounting of whether or not it pays for
itself. What we need is an auditor that can actually save the state of
Missouri money. Accountants are good at doing accounting, but not usually
that good at achieving action and results. It takes a different skill. What
we need is an auditor that can aggressively carry out the recommendations in
the audit. How many of Susan’s staff’s recommendations are carried out? We
don’t know. She does her audit, makes recommendations and moves on to the
next audit. No real follow up. We live in a society that loves to create
volumes of paper. In fact, we are overwhelmed by paper. In 2009, Susan had
overseen 151 audits, thousands of pages all buried away somewhere read by
almost no one, like the 2,200 page financial reform bill that no one reads
and no one knows what it will mean. What we need today more than ever is
simplicity, action, and leadership, not more audits. If the state auditors
job is to do audits and provide transparency Susan has done a great job but
if it is to actually save the state money I’m afraid she falls short.
are great at counting the number of trees but often miss the forest.
Cisse W. Spragins, Ph.D.
Chair, Missouri Libertarian Party
Cell: 612 309 9232
"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the
argument of tyrants, it is the creed of slaves." --William Pitt, speech to
the House of Commons.
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