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30 Stupid Things The Government Is Spending Money On

irish 2012/03/03 15:55:27


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If you want to get paid for doing something stupid, just turn to the
U.S. government. The U.S. government is paying researchers to play
video games, it is paying researchers to study the effects of cocaine
on Japanese quail and it has spent millions of dollars to train Chinese
prostitutes to drink responsibly. The amount of money that the
government wastes is absolutely horrifying. Do you remember all of that
political wrangling over the debt ceiling deal last year? Do you
remember how our politicians told us that there were cutting spending as
much as they possibly could? Well, it was all a giant lie. As you
will see below, the U.S. government is spending money on some of the
most stupid things imaginable. What makes all of this even worse is
that we are going into enormous amounts of debt in order to pay for all
of this. We are borrowing billions of dollars a day in order to pay
for stupid stuff that no government on earth should ever be paying
for. Trust me, you are going to find it hard to believe some of the
stuff in this list. It is almost inconceivable what our politicians
are doing with our tax dollars.



The following are 30 incredibly stupid things that the federal government is spending money on....

#1 The U.S. government is spending $750,000 on a new soccer field for detainees held at Guantanamo Bay.

#2 The Obama administration plans to spend between 16 and 20 million dollars helping students from Indonesia get master's degrees.

#3 If you can believe it, the U.S. government has spent $175,587 "to determine if cocaine makes Japanese quail engage in sexually risky behavior".

#4 The U.S. government spent $200,000 on "a tattoo removal program" in Mission Hills, California.

#5 The federal government has shelled out $3 million
to researchers at the University of California at Irvine to fund their
research on video games such as World of Warcraft. Wouldn't we all
love to have a "research job" like that?

#6 The Department of Health and Human Services plans to spend $500 million
on a program that will, among other things, seek to solve the problem
of 5-year-old children that "can't sit still" in a kindergarten
classroom.

#7 Fannie Mae is about to ask the federal government for another $4.6 billion bailout, and it will almost certainly get it.

#8 The federal government once spent 30 million dollars on a program that was designed to help Pakistani farmers produce more mangos.

#9 The U.S. Department of Agriculture once gave researchers at the University of New Hampshire $700,000 to study methane gas emissions from dairy cows.

#10 According to USA Today,
13 different government agencies "fund 209 different science,
technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs — and 173 of
those programs overlap with at least one other program."

#11 A total of $615,000
was given to the University of California at Santa Cruz to digitize
photos, T-shirts and concert tickets belonging to the Grateful Dead.

#12 China lends us more money than any other foreign nation, but that didn't stop our government from spending 17.8 million dollars on social and environmental programs for China.

#13 The U.S. government once spent 2.6 million dollars to train Chinese prostitutes to drink responsibly.

#14 One professor at Stanford University was given $239,100 to study how Americans use the Internet to find love.

#15 The U.S. Postal Service spent $13,500 on a single dinner at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse.

#16 The National Science Foundation once spent $216,000 to study whether or not politicians "gain or lose support by taking ambiguous positions".

#17 A total of $1.8 million was spent on a "museum of neon signs" in Las Vegas, Nevada.

#18 The federal government spends 25 billion dollars a year maintaining federal buildings that are either unused or totally vacant.

#19 U.S. farmers are given a total of $2 billion each year for not farming their land.

#20 The U.S. government handed one Tennessee library $5,000 for the purpose of hosting a series of video game parties.

#21 A few years ago the government spent $123,050
on a Mother's Day Shrine in Grafton, West Virginia. It turns out that
Grafton only has a population of a little more than 5,000 people.

#22 One professor at Dartmouth University was given $137,530 to create a "recession-themed" video game entitled "Layoff".

#23 According to the Heritage Foundation,
the U.S. military spent "$998,798 shipping two 19-cent washers from
South Carolina to Texas and $293,451 sending an 89-cent washer from
South Carolina to Florida".

#24 The U.S. Department of Agriculture once shelled out $30,000 to a group of farmers to develop a tourist-friendly database of farms that host guests for overnight "haycations".

#25 The National Institutes of Health paid researchers $400,000 to find out why gay men in Argentina engage in risky sexual behavior when they are drunk.

#26 The National Institutes of Health also once spent $442,340 to study the behavior of male prostitutes in Vietnam.

#27 The National Institutes of Health loves to spend our tax money on really bizarre things. The NIH once spent $800,000 in "stimulus funds" to study the impact of a "genital-washing program" on men in South Africa.

#28 According to the Washington Post, 1,271 different government organizations work on government programs related to counterterrorism and homeland security.

#29 The U.S. government spent $100,000 on a "Celebrity Chef Fruit Promotion Road Show in Indonesia".

#30 The feds once gave Alaska Airlines $500,000 "to paint a Chinook salmon" on the side of a Boeing 737.

How in the world can our government be so foolish?

Anyone that claims that there is not a lot of stuff that can be cut out of the federal budget is lying to you.

All of this crazy spending is going to get us into a massive amount of trouble eventually. Already, on a per capita basis the U.S. national debt is worse than the national debts of Greece, Italy, Ireland, Portugal and Spain.

We have accumulated the biggest debt in the history of the world and we are adding to it at a rate of about 150 million dollars an hour.

Our politicians strut around as if they are the smartest and wisest
leaders in the history of the world, but the truth is that someday
people will look back in horror at the decline of our once great
society.

The federal government needs to stop spending so much money on stupid
things and needs to stop pushing our national debt to nightmarish new
levels.

Unfortunately, the corruption in Washington D.C. is so deep and so
pervasive that it is going to be almost impossible to turn it around.30 Stupid Things The Government Is Spending Money On
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  • BlueRepublican 2012/03/03 22:15:13
    BlueRepublican
    +4
    So THIS is what they meant when they promoted "Shared Sacrifice"
  • irish BlueRep... 2012/03/03 22:16:04
    irish
    must be part of it.
  • Tennessean 2012/03/03 22:05:18
    Tennessean
    +2
    It would appear that almost everyone recogngizes that our government is spending way too much money, and most have some idea of where cuts can be made.

    As an example of where cuts should be made, I present the following:

    Annual Wages

    Salary of retired US Presidents .............$450,000 FOR LIFE
    Salary of House/Senate members ..........$174,000 FOR LIFE
    Salary of Speaker of the House .............$223,500 FOR LIFE
    Salary of Majority/Minority Leaders ......$193,400 FOR LIFE

    Average salary of a soldier DEPLOYED IN AFGHANISTAN - $38,000
    Average income for seniors on SOCIAL SECURITY - $12,000

    I think we found where the cuts should be made!
  • irish Tennessean 2012/03/03 22:06:53
    irish
    i agree totally! out of office,out of pay!
  • ed 2012/03/03 18:57:42
    ed
    +1
    GREAT POST looks to me we need a new system and do away with government as it is. your government spending your money your government spending your money
  • irish ed 2012/03/03 20:00:17
    irish
    +1
    haven't we been saying that?
  • ed irish 2012/03/03 22:10:19
    ed
    +1
    yes we have but we have done nothing about it and you know as well as I that we need to start and get serious about it.
  • irish ed 2012/03/03 22:11:24
    irish
    +1
    i agree. we need to march on d.c. and i mean all of america.
  • ed irish 2012/03/04 00:53:11
    ed
    +1
    I agree but we cannot depend on the liberals or to many of the democrats to march with us.
  • irish ed 2012/03/04 12:21:40
    irish
    +1
    just americans. no party .
  • S. Gompers 2012/03/03 17:54:02
    S. Gompers
    +2
    Here I figured Congressional pay would have made the top of the list.
  • irish S. Gompers 2012/03/03 18:08:51
    irish
    +2
    it should have.
  • hari 2012/03/03 17:53:00
    hari
    +1
    not surprising at all as now we are addicted to all such misdeeds and resilient to all type of odds
  • irish hari 2012/03/03 17:53:52
    irish
    +1
    thats true isn't it?
  • hari irish 2012/03/03 17:58:37
    hari
    +1
    aye its TRUE
  • David Hussey 2012/03/03 17:07:21
    David Hussey
    +1
    Forthe most part they are all rather ludicrous spending projects, but they are but a mere drop in the bucket when it comes to wasteful spending

    Look at the F-35 program. Already billions of dollars have been spent, the estimated cost to the airforce has risen from $80 million per to as much as $300 million per by the time production is completed. The skyrocketing costs may even lead to the cancellation of the project, flushing those billions of dollars down the drain.

    Think of all the trillions of dollars spent on weapons over the years, weapons which were never used, never needed. And still there is more spending to acquire ever more expensive newer variants of those things which were never used. The original Polaris ICBM system was enough to ensure American sovereignty, the trillions spent to bring Poseidon followed by trident systems returned absolutely NOTHING to the American taxpayer.

    You want to reduce wasteful spending, by all means get rid of these stupid little give away programs, but if you wish to have fiscal sanity look to the Pentagon budget with axe in hand
  • irish David H... 2012/03/03 17:54:08
    irish
    +1
    i agree.
  • Matt 2012/03/03 17:02:36
    Matt
    +2
    That was too easy !

    Try and find 30 ways that our government is spending money wisely!
  • irish Matt 2012/03/03 17:54:18
  • wtxwoman 2012/03/03 16:41:22
    wtxwoman
    +1
    I can give you another one. My town has receive 900,000 to date for new water pipes, a new sewer system and modifying the sewer system, and to build a stand pipe. We have about 110 people here. We all had septic systems and the sewer system didn't work because we don't produce enough sh!t. We did need the water pipes, but we need our own well more. I know that we are only a drop in the bucket of what the Federal Gov. pays out in grants.
  • irish wtxwoman 2012/03/03 17:54:44
  • wtxwoman irish 2012/03/03 18:58:37
    wtxwoman
    +1
    And there is no end in sight. We are going to apply for a grant to dig a well. All the grants are for $300,000 each time.
  • irish wtxwoman 2012/03/03 20:00:43
    irish
    wow,what are you guys doing about this madness?
  • wtxwoman irish 2012/03/03 21:30:13
    wtxwoman
    +1
    It's federal money and is there for the taking, so we are taking. It's a big ol' racket. The grant writer gets 10% off the top and the engineers get more than that. We have to take 3 bids and all the construction companies that work out here know one another. We barely have enough left to do the project. I have to admit it has helped us stay on the map, but I still think it's a waste. The reason I want the well, and we really need it, is that the water company has tripled our rate recently.
  • irish wtxwoman 2012/03/03 21:34:29
    irish
    +1
    damned if you do ,damned if you don't. is it safe to have a well?
  • wtxwoman irish 2012/03/03 21:51:46
    wtxwoman
    +1
    Sure, but the drinkable water is the third layer and several thousand feet below. That is part of the cost, but the regulations the state requires about the casing, tests, pumps, etc. is expensive, too.
  • irish wtxwoman 2012/03/03 21:58:05
    irish
    +1
    wow,they are drilling near here for the marcellis shale and people that live near by are getting gas etc in their well water.
  • wtxwoman irish 2012/03/03 23:10:48
    wtxwoman
    +1
    We have a layer of salt water before the good water and another one that smells like sulfer that's good for your lawn. I've heard of the burning water, though. That's a bad thing. They were fracking here last year and we started having little earthquakes. We had some broken water pipes in town and I think the fracking caused them, but I can't prove it.
  • irish wtxwoman 2012/03/04 12:22:59
    irish
    +1
    of course they won't admit it either will they? i read they totally denied this woman's claim that she had chemicals etc in her well water. sickening how money covers up so much.
  • wtxwoman irish 2012/03/04 14:54:30
    wtxwoman
    +1
    The oil companies are the life's blood of the this area. No one will cross them. The only people with any money are the ranchers and they rule. They own the towns, banks and oil service companies. The rest of us are peons!
  • irish wtxwoman 2012/03/04 15:37:31
    irish
    +1
    typical of this country of 'free people" isn't it?
  • wtxwoman irish 2012/03/04 15:44:31
  • irish wtxwoman 2012/03/04 15:45:35
    irish
    +1
    very sad that there is so much apathy.
  • DeeB 2012/03/03 16:37:12
    DeeB
    +2
    If you gave me free money I might spend it any way I felt like it too, so stop giving if you don't like the way they are going crazy spending it. We are in a depression and ALL spending should have stopped. Period.
  • David H... DeeB 2012/03/03 17:56:03
    David Hussey
    +2
    "The American Republic will endure until the Congress discovers it can bribe the people with the peoples money."
    ~ Alexis de Tocqueville

    Rather prescient, wasn't he?
  • DeeB David H... 2012/03/03 18:15:55
    DeeB
    +3
    Yes, I would say so!
  • Someone Else 2012/03/03 16:18:15
  • Miss Sissa 2012/03/03 16:09:28
    Miss Sissa
    +1
    Well that's just...just...wow
  • irish Miss Sissa 2012/03/03 16:11:14
    irish
    +2
    it sure is. america s  unemployed america s  crumbling  roads  and bridges
  • Miss Sissa irish 2012/03/03 16:19:52
    Miss Sissa
    +2
    I don't know why I'm even surprised.

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