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Stupid government spending

Been on a war path on stupid spending by our government. Just tired of hearing the stupid  and unneeded things being researched that dont cause any great outcome or improvement in life for mankind in any way. But i am a glutton for punishment. My means of posting this are not to start republicans vs democrats war on FBO just trying to keep it informative. Keep it civil! So if you have any good info on stupid spending by state or federal gooberment......post it. Heres my first article.

15 Ridiculous Government Spending Guaranteed to Make You Mad


Kelsey HarrisAugust 20, 2013 at 6:50 amComments OffIn 2013, federal spending approached $3.5 trillion. Now that’s hard to wrap your brain around. It’s about $27,700 for every American household.All across America, families balance their budgets, rein in spending, and pay down their debts. If Americans can do it, why can’t the federal government?Instead, they’re wasting your taxpayer dollars on programs like the ones below. We’ve compiled just 15 examples of the ridiculous spending that is driving America toward a $17 trillion national debt.

1. GATHERING DUST: The Transportation Security Administration let 5,700 pieces of unused security equipment worth $184 million sit in storage in a Dallas, Texas, warehouse, which costs $3.5 million annually to lease and manage. Taxpayers lost another $23 million in depreciation costs, because most of the 472 carry-on baggage screening machines had been housed there for nine months or more. That’s a lot of money! 

2. DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY: The National Science Foundation used part of a half-million dollar grant to develop a video game that simulates a high school prom. 

3. BIRD IS THE WORD: The U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research spent $300,000 on a study that concluded the first bird on Earth probably had black feathers. 

4. CAFÉ CAR: Taxpayer-funded Amtrak recovered only 44 cents of every dollar of its food and beverage costs on long-distance routes, which already annually lose money. 

5. SO MUCH FOR ROBOT NANNIES: The Office of Naval Research spent $450,000 on a study that determined unintelligent robots do not have the ability to maintain a baby’s attention.

 6. RENOVATIONS ON A PRESIDENTIAL SCALE: The Oval Office is getting a facelift. While it’s out of commission, the President will need a pseudo-Oval Office, right? As part of a$376 million White House renovation, a second office will be constructed for the President to use during the renovation.

 7. FELLAS, GET YOUR GUNS: Do you think this guy appears taller, stronger, and manlier? The U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research spent $681,387 on a study to confirm that he does—when he’s carrying a firearm.

 8. THAT’S ILLOGICAL, CAPTAIN: The Internal Revenue Service spent $4.1 million on a lavish conference in 2010 for 2,609 of its employees in Anaheim, California. Expenses included $50,000 for line-dancing and “Star Trek” parody videos, $135,350 for outside speakers, $64,000 in conference “swag” for the employees, plus free meals, cocktails, and hotel suite upgrades.

 9. DOUBLE DIPPERS: In 2010, 117,000 people who double-dipped into Social Security’s disability insurance program and the federal unemployment insurance program received$850 million in cash benefits. 

10. GET IN THE HOLE! Did you know that golfers who imagine that the hole is bigger boost their confidence and accuracy? Thanks to the National Science Foundation, Purdue University, and $350,000 in taxpayer money, now you do. 

11. MORE THAN POTATOES: In 2012, the U.S. Department of Agriculture spent $300,000on activities promoting caviar produced in Idaho. 

12. IT’S THE UNLIMITED ICE CREAM: The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded a$149,992 grant to researchers at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey who are trying to eliminate the infamous “freshman 15” by studying college students’ on-campus dining selections.

 13. GIRL POWER? A $100,000 grant from the National Endowment of the Arts funded a video game that depicts a female superhero sent to save planet Earth from climate changes allegedly caused by social issues that affect women.

 14. SO THAT’S WHAT “TRANSPARENCY” MEANS: Have you ever visited USASpending.gov? It’s a website dedicated to unveiling government spending. The Department of Health and Human Services failed to report $800 billion in spending on time. So much for “government transparency.” 

15. WELL, THEY CAN’T WORK…: 1,000 prisoners in Pennsylvania collected weekly unemployment benefits over a four-month period, costing taxpayers $7 million. Thank you, poor oversight!

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Your list is way short. The ruling class is drunk on power and spending with no end in sight.
2 years of being eligible for unemployment, then qualifying for disability when you claim fibramialga(sp) and living your life on the labors of others are just the beginnings of our demise ( if its okay to use that word).
Our children are being punished severely as we for some reason all allow it to happen.
God bless America. Let's hope it can be saved

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How about building brand new housing on military bases, both family housing and new barracks, then shut the base down.  In 1989 the Berlin Wall fell.  In 1990, they completely remodeled our barracks near Frankfurt, built us a brand new state of the art gym, battalion HQ,  and two new motor pools, then in 1991, shut the caserne down and moved us to Ft. Benning.  The Germans tore everything down except the one motor pool they use for autobahn maintenance.  It never stops. 

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Johnr I am on board with our unemployement policy needing some major over haul. I am looking for facts and numbers. I know $300,000 for research to find out the first bird might have had black wing doesnt sound like a lot but it all adds up eventually. Especially when these spendings are repeated 10, 20, 30 times. I guess I am looking for non essential things that our money is being spent on. Theres a lot of them out there and we should be upset about wasteful spending and most of us are. The biggest problem is people dont care and go thru life not caring about any issues except how is this going to help me get mine. This money should and could be better spent some where else. I am tired of state and federal government taking more and more from the tax payers out there and not putting it to good use or better yet dont use it and reduce what they are taking. We are the most wasteful country out there yet we are know as the greatest. If u dont believe we are wasteful go sit and watch people eating at a restaurant. I was raised to be a frugal man. I hate watching this country destroy itself. I bust my a$$ like most of you do every day at work, while we have to watch the nation destroy itself more and more each day. I dont know what the answer truly is but a good start would be to slow our spending.

johnr Said:
Your list is way short. The ruling class is drunk on power and spending with no end in sight.
2 years of being eligible for unemployment, then qualifying for disability when you claim fibramialga(sp) and living your life on the labors of others are just the beginnings of our demise ( if its okay to use that word).
Our children are being punished severely as we for some reason all allow it to happen.
God bless America. Let's hope it can be saved

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 Subsidized for airline service to Devil's Lake, Jamestown, Thief River Falls, Hibbing, and other spots all over the nation.     I really don't think it is such a burden to drive 1.5 hours on good roads to get to a bigger airport.   There is also the cost of having the TSA there.   Let free markets work.   If a state thinks that an airport needs service, let them pay.  

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 Saturday mail delivery should and other changes the Post Office wants to make but is not allowed to because of congress.    If some things don't change they will become a burden on taxpayers.  When this was being debated people were complaining about not getting their Saturday newspaper.    Really,  the taxpayers should subsidize your newspaper.  

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 Tanks the Army doesn't want, ships the Navy doesn't need, and Planes the Air Force says should be retired.   If the base closures or aircraft retirements affect ND, so be it.  We will never get our deficit under control if everyone is fighting for "their" stuff.    Time for our elected representatives to grow up.

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Candiru Said:
 Saturday mail delivery should and other changes the Post Office wants to make but is not allowed to because of congress.    If some things don't change they will become a burden on taxpayers.  When this was being debated people were complaining about not getting their Saturday newspaper.    Really,  the taxpayers should subsidize your newspaper.  

What some people don't realize is that you need to look at the BIG picture sometimes.  The idea of the mail carrier delivering may actually save us money and more as a country.  When you have one mail carrier delivering to hundreds of people it's cheaper and less of a waste of resources than to have many of those people getting post office boses and driving to the post office to get their mail.  That's one thing people often forget.  Sometimes things like this make us as a society be better off.  The alternative of having all these people drive to the post office is not cost effective to the public as a whole.  To really make this work to save the country money as a whole, you'd need to not only stop Saturday mail delivery, but also close the post office so people couldn't get mailboxes and then drive there.  I realize you may say that's up to them if they want to incur that cost.  But that also means more precious fuel being used, more carbon into our air, and what not.  So, while it may save the post office some money, would it really be cheaper for our country as a whole? 

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Candiru Said:
 Saturday mail delivery should and other changes the Post Office wants to make but is not allowed to because of congress.    If some things don't change they will become a burden on taxpayers.  When this was being debated people were complaining about not getting their Saturday newspaper.    Really,  the taxpayers should subsidize your newspaper.  

What some people don't realize is that you need to look at the BIG picture sometimes.  The idea of the mail carrier delivering may actually save us money and more as a country.  When you have one mail carrier delivering to hundreds of people it's cheaper and less of a waste of resources than to have many of those people getting post office boses and driving to the post office to get their mail.  That's one thing people often forget.  Sometimes things like this make us as a society be better off.  The alternative of having all these people drive to the post office is not cost effective to the public as a whole.  To really make this work to save the country money as a whole, you'd need to not only stop Saturday mail delivery, but also close the post office so people couldn't get mailboxes and then drive there.  I realize you may say that's up to them if they want to incur that cost.  But that also means more precious fuel being used, more carbon into our air, and what not.  So, while it may save the post office some money, would it really be cheaper for our country as a whole? 

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Um, you lost me. 
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Candiru Said:
 Saturday mail delivery should and other changes the Post Office wants to make but is not allowed to because of congress.    If some things don't change they will become a burden on taxpayers.  When this was being debated people were complaining about not getting their Saturday newspaper.    Really,  the taxpayers should subsidize your newspaper.  

What some people don't realize is that you need to look at the BIG picture sometimes.  The idea of the mail carrier delivering may actually save us money and more as a country.  When you have one mail carrier delivering to hundreds of people it's cheaper and less of a waste of resources than to have many of those people getting post office boses and driving to the post office to get their mail.  That's one thing people often forget.  Sometimes things like this make us as a society be better off.  The alternative of having all these people drive to the post office is not cost effective to the public as a whole.  To really make this work to save the country money as a whole, you'd need to not only stop Saturday mail delivery, but also close the post office so people couldn't get mailboxes and then drive there.  I realize you may say that's up to them if they want to incur that cost.  But that also means more precious fuel being used, more carbon into our air, and what not.  So, while it may save the post office some money, would it really be cheaper for our country as a whole? 

I think in a round about way he's wanting duckies and bunnies to deliver themail

 

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