We British waste watchers tend to cast admiring glances at the US. After all, their waste watchers are much better established than we are, and have achieved a number of notable hits.
Hits such as the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 which requires the Federal government to maintain an online searchable database of all entities or organizations receiving federal funds. In the Senate it commanded high level bi-partisan support, being introduced by both John McCain and Barack Obama.
Contrast that with the Tories' attempt to get such a bill passed here last year (see previous blogs here and here). It failed comprehensively, with just 23 MPs (3.5% of the total) pitching up to discuss it on second reading last July. It simply went phut on quorum grounds (see here).
Oh, if only we could cut government spending back to US levels- as a percentage of GDP, they're around 10 percentage points below us. But alas, none of our Westminster turkeys seem terribly enthused about the idea of Christmas.
Still, at least the US isn't all efficiency and lean government. It is after all the land of the $600 government toilet seat, and as the vid above shows, there's still quite a bit of fat around the Federal midriff.
But if they're fat, we must be morbidly obese.