Editorial: Without independent watchdog, stimulus is a slush fund

Colorado Springs Business Journal: If the $2.2 trillion in stimulus money doesn’t save the national economy by buoying the businesses and people who need it most, it will be the most egregious waste of taxpayer-funded emergency relief in U.S. history.

The independent inspector general who leads the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee is critical to ensuring coronavirus relief dollars don’t end up in the pockets of profiteers and fraudsters — or the coffers of corporations more interested in stock buybacks than saving jobs and lives.

Glenn Fine, acting Pentagon inspector general and a career official who served Republican and Democratic presidents, was assigned for that role. Known for being honest, competent, tough and fair, his appointment was applauded by Republicans and Democrats alike.

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