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Don't tell me we need to raise taxes.
Don't tell me all spending is essential spending.
The following are just some examples.
Senator Tom Coburn's "Wastebook 2013."
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) deemed as non-essential and furloughed approximately 12,300 employees earing an annual salary of $100,000 or more during the government shutdown.
The cost to pay these employees to have a paid vacation for 16 days, exceeded $47 million.
This year more than 100 individuals or families received loan guarantees for $500,000 or more from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to purchase a residence in Hawaii.
If these new homeowners later cannot afford their new homes, it’s no problem; the federal government will protect the banks from losses by repaying 90 percent of the loans.
In 2008, the program had 3,369 foreclosures costing in $103 million in loss claims paid. By 2011, there were 18,808 foreclosures costing $295 million. Last year, the program paid $496 million in loss claims, according to the USDA Office of Inspector General.
If trends continue, this loss will have exceeded half-billion dollars in 2013
Afghanistan. The military has decided to simply destroy more than $7 billion worth of equipment rather than sell it or ship it back home.
One federal agency is charging other offices and taxpayers to provide government reports that are largely available free of charge on the Internet. It is essentially the “let me Google that for you” office of the federal government
The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) received $284,300 this year
With the government subsidies, independent music label executives have been traveling around the globe promoting rock music in foreign markets
Government Study Finds Out Wives Should Calm Down – (NIH) $325,525
Lifestyle Coaching for Senate Staff -- (Senate Office of Education and Training) $1.9 million
The Million Dollar Bus Stop – (VA)
Denali Commission Official Asks to be Fired and for Agency to be Eliminated Because “It Hasn’t Worked Out” – (AK) $10.7 million
Yet Congress ignored his request and the agency continues to receive federal funds. No hearings were held about the future of the agency or even to defend the money it had spent or work it has done over the past 15 years.
Parking Center Stuck in Park – (DOT) $50 million
A child born in 1997—the same year the construction of the Center began—is now old enough to drive to and park at the center. That is if the parking center was actually completed and open to pedestrians.
Hurricane Sandy “Emergency” Funds Spent on TV Ads – (HUD) $65 million
The State Department spent $704,198 on gardening and landscaping services at the 28-acre Brussels home of the U.S. Ambassador to NATO.
Federally Funded Solar Panels Covered at Manchester-Boston Airport Because the Glare Blinds Pilots and Controllers – (FAA) $3.5 million
Hoping to increase its reach with an international audience, the State Department spent $630,000 “buying fans” for its Facebook and Twitter accounts.
NASA’s Little Green Man – (NASA) $390,000
The Green Ninja is a superhero funded by NASA funding to inspire children to take on climate change.
Camp Leatherneck Headquarters Facility – (U.S. Department of Defense) $34 million
No mere victim of changing battlefield conditions, the Marine Corps requested the project be canceled months after it was initiated in 2010. Nonetheless, the Air Force’s 772nd Enterprise Sourcing Squadron issued a task order to AMEC Earth and Environmental Inc. to build the facility in February 2011,
Not a single person has joined the Army National Guard as a result of the $136 million spent sponsoring race legend Dale Earnhardt Jr. over the past five years to recruit new members.
Postal Service pays “Futurist” Faith Popcorn for advice on stamps – (USPS) $566,000
Out of the $33.5 billion in Pell Grants the federal government doled out last year, individuals posing as students - called “Pell Runners”- took off with $1.2 billion.
Researchers from Kansas State University are worried that cattle and bison may shrink in size over the next 50 years due to global warming. Rising temperatures could cause grass to grow more slowly, in turn resulting in smaller cattle and bison that eat the grass.
Never fear. Some of their colleagues at Kansas State are looking into it, funded by a $9.6 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
The United States Department of Agriculture awarded over $16 million to 110 businesses to fund the development of new products.
Examples of “new products” included salsa and Bloody Mary mix. Justifying the need for more types of salsa and Bloody Mary mix is challenging.
Old Fashioned Portraits of Administration Officials – (NASA, DHS, HUD) $300,000
U.S. taxpayers shelled out over half a million dollars for improvements to one-tenth of a mile
on the Main Street of a town with a population of only 1,150. Taxpayers in New York, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and California paid to make Rossville’s one-block downtown area “more decorative and colorful.”
In October 2012, the Administration circumvented Congress and purchased the Illinois state-owned Thomson Correctional Facility for $165 million. For over a decade, the prison sat empty under Illinois ownership, and the state did not have the budget to open and operate the prison.
The Department of Justice has been trying to bail out the State of Illinois and had been requesting authorization to purchase Thompson Prison for years, but the House Appropriations Committee has opposed funding for the purchase of the prison.
However, in clear contradiction to the will of Congress, Attorney General Eric Holder purchased the prison for $165 million by using funds in various DOJ accounts
USAID, through the middle man, paid $300,000 to SBSCC for 600 gallons of diesel fuel that made the purchase price $500 per gallon.
The market price for diesel fuel in Afghanistan is approximately $5.00 per gallon, making this purchase worth $3,000 and therefore, an overpayment of $297,000
The Wild Horse Program began in 1970 to protect the wild horse population from slaughter and to sustain natural resources and vegetation for both wild horses and cattle and other wildlife.
Each year, the BLM rounds up 9,400 horses, and today, the holding population of over 50,000 horses exceeds the wild population of 35,000 horses.
The cost of holding these wild horses in long-term corrals is the main expense in the program’s $76 million annual price tag
While the Muppets may have taken Manhattan, the federal government spent $150,000 to support the Puppets Take Long Island festival in Sag Harbor, New York.
Budget-busting meals on wheels – (Amtrak) $60 million
According to House Oversight and Government Reform Committee member John Mica, without accounting gimmicks taken into account, Amtrak’s food service losses “now approach $1 billion.
A National Science Foundation funded researcher said his finding that identification with the Tea Party correlated with better scientific comprehension was “surprising.” $398,990
|11-21-2013 06:53 PM|
|11-21-2013 06:43 PM|
Incredible. Just incredible.
|11-21-2013 06:24 PM|
Do you honestly think Obama would allow an apology to be broadcast to the news media?
It would add to his already " cross the red line statement" among other things.
|11-21-2013 06:15 PM|
|11-21-2013 04:17 PM|
For a seriously mentally ill guy, he knows how to milk the USA.
|11-21-2013 04:16 PM|
There is of course healthcare.gov
|11-21-2013 04:15 PM|
|11-21-2013 04:09 PM|
Here is the closest I found on Reuters website:
During his speech, Karzai brandished a letter from Obama which he said promised the United States would continue to "respect the sanctity and dignity of Afghans in their homes ... just as we do for our citizens."
Brandished? What a joke! When even faux is not willing to propagate a lie, it should be clear that it might be a most dastardly lie.
Btw IMO karzai is seriously mentally ill.
|11-21-2013 04:01 PM|
Also, Reuters is reporting that Obama has agreed to write a letter of apology to the Afghan people acknowledging mistakes made during the "war on terror" and the suffering of the Afghan people.
Please let us know if you have a direct link to this reuters report. Thanx.
|11-19-2013 06:50 PM|
New Afghanistan Deal: Obama to Apologize; US Troops There Indefinitely
President Barack Obama will apologize to the Afghan people under a security agreement that will keep U.S. troops in Afghanistan well beyond 2014 at a cost of billions to American taxpayers.
Seems like the US HQ built in Afghanistan will get some use after all.
|10-21-2013 02:29 PM|
Here's an article on the biggest purveyor of crony capitalism and hater of free markets: The Federal Reserve.
It also is more evidence that keynesians are morons.
Alan Greenspan: What Went Wrong
The former Fed chairman on where the economy went wrong, where he went wrong—and Ayn Rand.
|10-20-2013 03:40 PM|
U.S. quietly releasing $1.6B in Pakistan assistance
The U.S. has quietly decided to release more than $1.6 billion in military and economic aid to Pakistan that was suspended when relations between the two countries disintegrated over the covert raid that killed Osama bin Laden and deadly U.S. airstrikes against Pakistani soldiers
I wonder how "quiet" the inevitable tax increases will be, to pay for this and future "contributions to our friends"
|10-17-2013 01:16 PM|
Let's see how many more stories like this one come out in the next few weeks about those Republicans that voted for the bill:
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