The Waste List: 66 Crazy Ways That The U.S. Government Is Wasting Your Hard-Earned Money
The Economic Collapse
June 24th, 2013
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Why did the U.S. government spend 2.6 million dollars to train Chinese prostitutes to drink responsibly?Â Why did the U.S. government spend $175,587 “to determine if cocaine makes Japanese quail engage in sexually risky behavior”?Â Why did the U.S. government spend nearly a million dollars on a new soccer field for detainees being held at Guantanamo Bay?Â This week when I saw that the IRS was about to pay out 70 million dollars in bonuses to their employees and that the U.S. government was going to be leaving 7 billion dollars worth of military equipment behind in Afghanistan, it caused me to reflect on all of the other crazy ways that the government has been wasting our money in recent years.Â So I decided to go back through my previous articles and put together a list.Â I call it “The Waste List”.Â Even though our politicians insist that there is very little that can still be cut out of the budget, the truth is that the federal budget is absolutely drowning in pork.Â The following are 66 crazy ways that the U.S. government is wasting your hard-earned money…
#1Â The IRS is about to pay outÂ 70 million dollarsÂ in bonuses to employees even though discretionary bonuses are supposed to be cancelled due to the sequester.
#2Â According to the Washington Post, the U.S. government is going to leaveÂ 7 billion dollarsÂ worth of military equipment behind in Afghanistan.
#3Â It is being projected that the trip that the Obamas will be making to Africa will cost U.S. taxpayersÂ $100,000,000.
#4Â The NIH plans to spendÂ $509,840Â on a study that “will send text messages in ‘gay lingo’ to methamphetamine addicts to try to persuade them to use fewer drugs and more condoms.”
#5Â The National Science Foundation has givenÂ $384,949Â to Yale University to do a study on âSexual Conflict, Social Behavior and the Evolution of Waterfowl Genitaliaâ.Â Try not to laugh, but much of this research involves examining and measuring the reproductive organs of male ducks.
#6Â The IRS spentÂ $60,000Â on a film parody of âStar Trekâ and a film parody of âGilliganâs Islandâ.Â Internal Revenue Service employees were the actors in the two parodies, so as you can imagine the acting was really bad.
#7Â The NIH has givenÂ $1.5 millionÂ to Brigham and Womenâs Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts to study why âthree-quartersâ of lesbians in the United States are overweight and why most gay males are not.
#8Â The NIH has also spentÂ $2.7 millionÂ to study why lesbians have more âvulnerability to hazardous drinkingâ.
#9Â The U.S. government is giving sixteen F-16s and 200 Abrams tanks to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt even though the new president of Egypt, Mohammed Morsi (a member of the Muslim Brotherhood), constantly makes statementsÂ such as the followingâŠ
âDear brothers, we must not forget to nurse our children and grandchildren on hatred towards those Zionists and Jews, and all those who support themâ
#10Â During 2012, the salaries of Barack Obamaâs three climate change advisers combined came to a grand total ofÂ more than $370,000.
#11Â Overall, 139 different White House staffers were makingÂ at least $100,000Â during 2012, and there were 20 staffers that made the maximum ofÂ $172,200.
#12Â Amazingly, U.S. taxpayers spendÂ more than 1.4Â billionÂ dollars a yearÂ on the Obamas.Â Meanwhile, British taxpayers only spend about 58 million dollars on the entire royal family.
#13Â During 2012,Â $25,000Â of federal money was spent on a promotional tour for the Alabama Watermelon Queen.
#14Â The U.S. government spentÂ $505,000Â âto promote specialty hair and beauty products for cats and dogsâ in 2012.
#15Â NASA spendsÂ close to a million dollars a yearÂ developing a menu of food for a manned mission to Mars even though it is being projected that a manned mission to Mars is still decades away.
#16Â During 2012, the federal government spentÂ 15 million dollarsÂ to help the Russians recruit nuclear scientists.
#17Â Over the past 15 years, a total of approximatelyÂ $5.25 millionÂ has been spent on hair care services for the U.S. Senate.
#18Â The U.S. government spentÂ 27 million dollarsÂ to teach Moroccans how to design and make pottery in 2012.
#19Â At a time when we have anÂ epidemic of unemploymentÂ in the United States, the U.S. Department of Education is spendingÂ $1.3 millionÂ to âreduce linguistic, academic, and employment barriers for skilled and low-skilled immigrants and refugees, and to integrate them into the U.S. workforce and professions.â
#20Â The federal government still sends aboutÂ 20 million dollars a yearÂ to the surviving family members of veterans of World War I, even though World War I ended 94 years ago.
#21Â The U.S. government is spending approximatelyÂ 3.6 million dollarsÂ a year to support the lavish lifestyles of former presidents such as George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
#22Â During fiscal 2012, the National Science Foundation gave researchers at Purdue UniversityÂ $350,000.Â They used part of that money to help fund a study that discovered that if golfers imagine that a hole is bigger it will help them with their putting.
#23Â The U.S. government is givingÂ hundreds of millions of dollarsÂ to the Palestinian Authority every single year.
#24Â Federal agencies have purchased a total ofÂ approximately 2 billion rounds of ammunitionÂ over the past couple of years.Â It is claimed that all of this ammunition is needed for âtraining purposesâ.
#25Â During 2012, the National Science Foundation spent $516,000 on the creation of a video game called âProm Weekâ which apparently simulates âall the social interactions of the event.â
#26Â If you can believe it,Â $10,000Â of U.S. taxpayer money was actually used to purchase talking urinal cakes up in Michigan.
#27Â When Joe Biden and his staff took a trip to London, the hotel bill cost U.S. taxpayersÂ $459,388.65.
#28Â Joe Biden and his staff also stopped in Paris for one night.Â The hotel bill for that one night came toÂ $585,000.50.
#29Â If you can believe it,Â close to 15,000Â retired federal employees are currently collecting federal pensions for life worth at least $100,000 annually.Â That list includes such names as Newt Gingrich, Bob Dole, Trent Lott, Dick Gephardt and Dick Cheney.
#30Â The U.S. Department of Agriculture has spentÂ $300,000Â to encourage Americans to eat caviar.
#31Â The National Institutes of Health recently gaveÂ $666,905Â to a group of researchers that is conducting a study on the benefits of watching reruns on television.
#32Â The National Science Foundation has givenÂ 1.2 million dollarsÂ to a team of âscientistsâ that is spending part of that money on a study that is seeking to determine whether elderly Americans would benefit from playing World of Warcraft or not.
#33Â The National Institutes of Health recently gaveÂ $548,731Â to a team of researchers that concluded that those that drink heavily in their thirties also tend to feel more immature.
#34Â The National Science Foundation recently spentÂ $30,000Â on a study to determine if âgaydarâ actually exists.Â This is the conclusion that the researchers reached at the end of the studyâŠ.
âGaydar is indeed real andâŠ its accuracy is driven by sensitivity to individual facial featuresâ
#35Â In 2011,Â the National Institutes of Health spentÂ $592,527Â on a study that sought to figure out once and for all why chimpanzees throw poop.
#36Â The National Institutes of Health has spentÂ more than 5 million dollarsÂ on a website called Sexpulse that is targeted at âmen who use the Internet to seek sex with menâ.Â AccordingÂ to Fox News, the website âincludes pornographic images of homosexual sex as well as naked and scantily clad menâ and features âa Space Invaders-style interactive game that uses a penis-shaped blaster to shoot down gay epithets.â
#37Â The General Services Administration spentÂ $822,751Â on a âtraining conferenceâ for 300 west coast employees at the M Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.Â The following is howÂ the Washington PostÂ described some of the wasteful expenses that happened during this âconferenceââŠ
Among the âexcessive, wasteful and in some cases impermissableâ spending the inspector general documented: $5,600 for three semi-private catered in-room parties and $44 per person daily breakfasts; $75,000 for a âteam-buildingâ exercise â the goal was to build a bicycle; $146,000 on catered food and drinks; and $6,325 on commemorative coins in velvet boxes to reward all participants for their work on stimulus projects. The $31,208 ânetworkingâ reception featured a $19-per-person artisanal cheese display and $7,000 of sushi. At the conferenceâs closing-night dinner, employees received âyearbooksâ with their pictures, at a cost of $8,130.
You can see some stunning pictures of GSA employees living the high life in Las VegasÂ right here.
#38Â Do you remember when credit rating agency Egan Jones downgraded U.S. government debtÂ from AA+ to AA?Â Well, someone in the federal government apparently did not like that at all.Â AccordingÂ to Zero Hedge, the SEC planned to file charges against Egan Jones for âmisstatementsâ on a regulatory application with the SEC.
Normally, the SEC does not go after anyone.Â After all, when is the last time a major banker went to prison?
No, the truth is that the SEC is usually just a huge waste of taxpayer money.Â AccordingÂ to ABC News, one investigation found that 17 senior SEC officials had been regularly viewing pornography while at work.Â While the American people were paying their salaries, this is what senior SEC officials were busy doingâŠ
One senior attorney at SEC headquarters in Washington spent up to eight hours a day accessing Internet porn, according to the report, which has yet to be released. When he filled all the space on his government computer with pornographic images, he downloaded more to CDs and DVDs that accumulated in boxes in his offices.
An SEC accountant attempted to access porn websites 1,800 times in a two-week period and had 600 pornographic images on her computer hard drive.
Another SEC accountant used his SEC-issued computer to upload his own sexually explicit videos onto porn websites he joined.
And another SEC accountant attempted to access porn sites 16,000 times in a single month.
#39Â According to InformationWeek, the federal government is spending âmillions of dollarsâ to train Asian call center workers.
#40Â If you can believe it, the federal government has actually spent$750,000Â on a new soccer field for detainees held at Guantanamo Bay.
#41Â The U.S. Agency for International Development spentÂ 10 million dollarsÂ to create a version of âSesame Streetâ for Pakistani television.
#42Â The Obama administration has plans to spend betweenÂ 16 and 20 million dollarsÂ to help students from Indonesia get masterâs degrees.
#43Â The National Science Foundation spentÂ $198,000Â on a University of California-Riverside study that explored âmotivations, expectations and goal pursuit in social media.â One of the questions the study sought an answer to was the following: âDo unhappy people spend more time on Twitter or Facebook?â
#44Â In 2011,Â $147,138Â was given to the American Museum of Magic in Marshall, Michigan.Â Their best magic trick is making U.S. taxpayer dollars disappear.
#45Â The federal government recently spentÂ $74,000Â to help Michigan âincrease awareness about the role Michigan plays in the production of trees and poinsettias.â
#46Â In 2011, the federal government gaveÂ $550,000Â toward the making of a documentary about how rock and roll contributed to the fall of the Soviet Union.
#47Â The National Institutes of Health has contributedÂ $55,382Â toward a study of âhookah smoking habitsâ in the country of Jordan.
#48Â The federal government gaveÂ $606,000Â to researchers at Columbia University to study how heterosexuals use the Internet to find love.
#49Â A total ofÂ $133,277Â was recently given to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games for video game preservation.Â The International Center for the History of Electronic Games says that it âcollects, studies, and interprets video games, other electronic games, and related materials and the ways in which electronic games are changing how people play, learn, and connect with each other, including across boundaries of culture and geography.â
#50Â The federal government has givenÂ approximately $3 millionÂ to researchers at the University of California at Irvine to fund their “research” into video games such as World of Warcraft.
#51Â In 2011, the National Science Foundation gave one team of researchersÂ $149,990Â to create a video game called âRapidGuppyâ for cell phones and other mobile devices.
#52Â In 2011,Â $936,818Â was spent developing an online soap opera entitled âDiary of a Single Momâ.Â The show âchronicles the lives and challenges of three single mothers and their families trying to get ahead despite obstacles that all single mothers face, such as childcare, healthcare, education, and finances.â
#53Â Last year, the federal government spentÂ $96,000Â to buy iPads for kindergarten students in Maine.
#54Â The U.S. Postal Service once spentÂ $13,500Â for a single dinner at Ruthâs Chris Steakhouse.
#55Â In 2011, the Air Force Academy completed work on an outdoor worship area for pagans and Wiccans.Â The worship area consists of âa small Stonehenge-like circle of boulders with [a] propane fire pitâ and it costÂ $51,474Â to build.Â The worship area is âfor the handful of current or future cadets whose religions fall under the broad category of âEarth-basedâ, which includes Wiccans, druids and pagans.âÂ At this point, that only includes 3 current students at the Air Force Academy.
#56Â The National Institutes of Health once gave researchersÂ $400,000to study why gay men in Argentina engage in risky sexual behavior when they are drunk.
#57Â The National Institutes of Health once gave researchersÂ $442,340to study the behavior of male prostitutes in Vietnam.
#58Â TheÂ National Institutes of Health once spentÂ $800,000Â in âstimulus fundsâ to study the impact of a âgenital-washing programâ on men in South Africa.
#59Â The National Science Foundation recently spentÂ $200,000Â on a study that examined how voters react when politicians change their stances on climate change.
#60Â The federal government recently spentÂ $484,000Â to help build a Mellow Mushroom pizzeria in Arlington, Texas.
#61Â At this point, China is holding over a trillion dollars of U.S. government debt.Â But that didnât stop the United States from sending17.8 million dollarsÂ in foreign aid to China in 2011.
#62Â The U.S. Department of Agriculture gave the largest snack food maker in the world (PepsiCo Inc.) a total of 1.3 million dollars in corporate welfare that was used to help build “a Greek yogurt factory in New York.”
#63Â The National Science Foundation recently gave a whopping$697,177Â to a New York City-based theater company to produce a musical about climate change.
#64Â The federal government once shelled outÂ $2.6 millionÂ to train Chinese prostitutes to drink responsibly.
#65Â The U.S. Department of Agriculture once handed researchers at the University of New HampshireÂ $700,000Â to study methane gas emissions from dairy cows.
#66Â The federal government has spentÂ $175,587Â “to determine if cocaine makes Japanese quail engage in sexually risky behavior”.
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