As the economy staggers toward collapse under the weight of the government spending Democrats use to justify Taxmageddon, Townhall touches on a few of the more outrageous examples of reckless extravagance described in Senator Tom Coburn’s Wastebook 2012 (PDF):
Coburn details a $27 million U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) program for pottery classes in Morocco. The program, which has a questionable premise in the first place, was doomed due to incompetence and mismanagement. Translators with a questionable grasp of English were hired and used materials unavailable to Moroccans. The Inspector General concluded that the program was “ineffective and poorly implemented.”
Then there are the free cell phones, made infamous by the Obamaphone Creature:
The cell phone program, called Lifeline, has exploded in recent years. The Lifeline program now costs taxpayers $1.5 billion annually and subsidizes the cell phone service of 16.5 million Americans – and a survey found that almost ten percent of all enrollees should not even be eligible for the program.
No budget is complete until it has devoted funds to gaydar research:
The National Science Foundation spent $30,000 to fund a study done by the University of Washington and Cornell University’s to measure “gaydar” – the ability of people to identify sexual orientation merely by appearance. The researchers confirmed that “gaydar” exists, writing that participants were about 60% accurate when attempting to identify sexual orientation by appearance.
Food stamps are another great way to waste other people’s money. Quoting directly from the report:
The USDA Inspector General found roughly 2,000 dead people are still receiving food stamps in New York and Massachusetts combined. Additionally, its investigation revealed 7,236 people in these states are receiving duplicate benefits, while 286 are on state lists that should exclude them from receiving food stamps. These unnecessary payments amount to $1.4 million every month.
Dems will tell you that even if it tips us back into recession, they must jack taxes through the ceiling to pay for their profligacy. But that is like trying to put out a fire with gasoline, because the more they loot, the more they will waste. Under Obama, the federal government spends $11 for every $7 it confiscates. Our descendents are expected to make up the difference. May they somehow find it in themselves to forgive us for electing our current leadership.
On tips from DaddyOD, AC, SR, and Shawn R.