If there is anything our Federal government knows how to do it is how to waste money. It has become an art form that I’m sure they must take pride in because sure don’t demonstrate any sense of shame that I have been able to detect.
The nice thing about this subject is that I won’t have to waste much of my not so valuable time telling you about this travesty.
Remember the report last July produced by Senator Tom Coburn and his staff to reduce government spending $9 trillion over ten years? It included a couple hundred billion dollars of pure waste. No, nobody remembers that 672 page report. Apparently the investigation by the good Senator turned into another waste of the government’s resources.
One of Senator Coburn’s pet peeves is the money wasted by the National Science Foundation. NSF spends money on important stuff like robots that fold cloths, studying shrimp on a treadmill and whether Facebook helps build personal relationships. From this same source we learn that wasting money efficiently requires a lot of staff apparently because the NSF feels the need to move to a new headquarter that will cost taxpayers an additional $7 million per year to rent.
From this ABC News article, we learn that Sen. Coburn believes real reform is possible. But he needs some help.
“Send me some Senators who have some gonads,”
Yeah well, good luck with that, Senator.
I came across an interesting blog site the other day called BoycottLiberalism.con. Here is just a few of things you can find at their “government waste” page.
The U.S. government is spending $2.6 million to make sure
prostitutes in China consume less alcohol while working. As part of the five-year study that the National Institutes of Health bankrolled, researchers are visiting more than 100 houses of prostitution to monitor their employees, designated as FSWs, or female sex workers.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is funding a study on the
use of ecstasy, LSD and other “party drugs” in Porto Alegre, Brazil. To do this,
U.S. taxpayers will invest $117,876 for the three-year study, conducted
by researchers from the University of Delaware, who will work in collaboration
with researchers from Brazil’s Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul.
A recent audit revealed that between 1997 and 2003, the Defense Department
purchased and then left unused approximately 270,000 commercial airline tickets
at a total cost of $100 million.
There is a lot more mind-boggling examples of how our tax dollars are being flushed down the toilet. Check it out.
Even the most ardent supporter of our military, like me, know that there is big time money wasted and corruption within the military-industrial complex. You really need to read this recent AP article on the subject. We all know the cuts to the military budget are coming. What do you want to bet that our geniuses ended up cutting away the meat and leaving the fat? I’m just saying…
And now, dear readers, as I often do, I have saved the best for last. A big hat tip to Brian at Frankenstein Government for recent post on what you are about to see. I would like for you to click on this link now and all I want you to do is scroll and scroll and scroll down the list of how nearly $2 trillion of your dollars are spent. And, as you are scrolling keep in mind tha this list is for the year 2005. I don’t even want to think about how much more it is today.
Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?