Ways our government is wasting our money. I do feel a revolt coming.
31. Ghosts are People Too!:
The federal government pays pensions of deceased employees, costing $120 million. According to the Huffington Post:
“One man, whose father died in 1971, continued to receive payments until 2008 when he himself died, costing the government $515,000, according to the report.”
32. Home Tax Credits for Non-Homeowners:
According to Senator Tom Coburn’s “Wastebook,” Congress is:
“… deadlocked over whether or not savings could be found by closing loopholes within the complex tax code. Meanwhile, the IRS approved roughly $1 billion in tax credits intended for energy efficiency home improvements to individuals who did not even own a house. These recipients included prisoners and children, some probably not even old enough to own a doll house.”
“Senator Coburn actually begins the report by stating:
Robot dragons, video games, Christmas trees, snow cone machines, and chocolate.
This is not a Christmas wish list. These are just some of the ways the federal government spent your tax dollars this year.”
33. Might as Well Put Tax Dollars in the Garbage Disposal:
The military once spent $998,798 to ship two 19-cent washers (yes, the tiny metal disk that is put below a screw) from South Carolina to Texas and $293,451 to send an 89-cent washer from South Carolina to Florida.
34. Duck Penis:
No, the above title is not, in fact, a typo. Rather, it is an expenditure by the federal government. Yale University was awarded $384,949 to study “‘Sexual Conflict, Social Behavior and the Evolution of Waterfowl Genitalia’, according to the recovery.gov website.”
“The grant description says,’The project examines how reproductive morphology c ovaries with season, age, and social environment in a diverse sample of duck species that differ in ecology, territoriality and breeding system.'”
You can thank the stimulus package for this … innovative … use of your dollars.
35. Stimulating the Moroccan Economy with Pottery:
According to Senator Coburn’s 2012 “Wastebook,” in 2009, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) implemented a plan “to improve the economic competitiveness of Morocco” costing $27 million. An important component of this included “training Moroccans to create and design pottery to sell indomestic and international markets.”
36. Robot Squirrels:
$325,000 was spent on robo-squirrels to test what rattlesnakes would do when confronted with them. “RoboSquirrel is ‘a taxidermied actual squirrel that is stored with live squirrels so it smells real.'” This is also in Senator Coburn’s “Wastebook 2012.”
37. Caviar – Fund, but Don’t Eat:
“Fish Processors of Idaho was given a $300,000 Value-Added Producer Grant by USDA to create a website, print flyers and send the company’s owner to trade shows ‘in places like Boston and Chicago’ to ‘entice distributors to bring his caviar to the masses.'”
That’s right. You paid for caviar you will never eat.
38. Subsidizing People Reliving Prom:
$516,000 of your money was spent to make a video game providing taxpayers with the opportunity to relive prom. In 2012, the National Science Foundation (NSF) “supported the creation of ‘Prom Week,’ a video game simulating all the social interactions of the event.” For that kind of money, one would expect the graphics would be a little more sophisticated, and not created in MS Paint.
39. Talking Urinal Cakes:
This takes the cake for the most bizarre expenditure. The federal government paid $10,000 for talking urinal cakes, encouraging users to drive safely.
According to the “Wastebook 2012”:
“Nearly 200 bars and restaurants received the cakes from the state transportation department in hopes the device would ‘generate a conversation’ among male bar-goers and their friends. For the male Michiganders relieving themselves, one of the messages read by afemale voice says:
‘Listen up. That’s right! I’m talking to you. Had a few drinks? Maybe a few too many? Then do yourself and everyone else a favor. Call a sober friend or a cab. Oh, and don’t forget. Wash your hands.’”
If you have ever doubted that government spending is out of control, this should set you straight. Talking waste receptacles are far beyond the most ridiculous expenditure one could ever imagine.
40. Terrorist Seeking Employment:
As it turns out, prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, or “GITMO,” are offered more than jail time … they’re offered resume-writing classes paid for by YOU. While America is in difficult economic times, these inmates should be able to find a job in no time with their expertly-written resumes! Other classes offered at GITMO include a life-skills class, personal health and wellness, and art classes. If this is an appropriate use of taxpayer dollars, then what isn’t.
Just some quick ones.
41. Taxpayer-funded study finds golfers are better when they envision a larger hole – $350,000:
42. Fruit fly sexual attractiveness study – $939,771:
43. Talking urinal cakes – $10,000:
44. Taxpayer-funded pet shampoo and toothpaste – $505,000:
45. Taxpayer-subsidized cupcakes – $2,000,000:
46. Government overpays for products and services – $1,000,000,000: Did you know that the White House has 90 people taking care of the Obama’s. Wow
47. Improper Food Stamp Payments – $4.5 Billion:
The list could go on for a very long time. $100,000 for a celebrity chef show in Indonesia: $10 million for Pakistani Sesame Street: $702,558 to bring television to Vietnamese villages:
I think I am sick enough are you. I think that when the government wants to spend our money on something the Taxpayers should vote on it. After all it is our money.