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Dec 18 2013

Annual Wastebook Documents Federal Outrages

Even as benefits are cut to veterans — including disabled veterans — while Chuck Schumer sneers about their lack of contribution, the massive waste that defines the federal government goes on and on and on. Yesterday Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) released his annual Wastebook. A few examples of the tales of terror to be found inside:

Beachfront Property for Millionaires — $500 million: A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) home loan program, created to help people with low and moderate incomes afford a home in “rural areas” has been used by many millionaires in “resort communities” in tropical paradises like Hawaii.

NASA’s “Pillownauts” — $360,000: During the shutdown, 97 percent of NASA’s staff was laid off, still the agency was paying 20 people $18,000 each to literally lie around and do nothing for 70 days with their body “slightly tilted forward” for a study to help scientists learn how astronauts bodies will change in space flight. However, NASA isn’t planning any missions anytime in the foreseeable future, since it no longer has a manned space program.

Duplicate IT Systems — $321 million: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spent over $30 million on two IT programs that serve the same purpose. … [A]ccording to a recent GAO report, three agencies have spent $321 million for overlapping IT purposes over the past several years.

Half a Million to Spruce Up Block in Kansas Town — $500,000: The Department of Transportation awarded Rossville, Kansas—a tiny town with a population of 1,150—a grant of $532,000 to make one-block in the downtown area “more decorative and colorful.”

Possibly most enraging of all is the $53,000 paid last year to Islamic terrorist Nidal Malik Hasan, who killed 14 Americans over 4 years ago. Meanwhile, the survivors of his victims do not qualify for the relevant benefits, because our Islamophilic government categorized his terror attack as “workplace violence.”

The book lists 100 wasteful programs that cost $30 billion in 2013. For a millionth of that, we could buy enough pitchforks and torches to solve all our budget problems, if only we put them to proper use.

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Weird tales of fiscal terror.

On tips from Ben S and Bob Roberts.

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  • Czar of Redistribution
  • TED
  • 762×51

    Cutting only 20% of these wasteful, needless programs would pay for the $6B funding needed to right the injustice being done to our military retirees and wounded by the newest “budget” deal. Websters defines that word as “an amount of money available for spending that is based on a plan for how it will be spent”. That is NOT what the government, either party, does. Every American household has a budget that is delimited by the amount of money they generate, i.e., EARN. The U.S. government decides how much it wants to spend then spends it without regard for how it will EARN the money to pay for it. How hard is that?

  • TED
  • TED

    RED ALERT: Obamacare allows FEDGOV to back-bill and levy your estate to pay for “healthcare expenses”.

  • TED
  • Jester

    The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation. — Vladimir Lenin

  • Tatersalad
  • Dr. 9

    Hey, it’s only money. The elected lying crooks learned a long time ago that there is no limit to the amount of abuse the “worker ants”, (see: taxpayers) will tolerate. And every chance we get, we prove them right.

  • KHarn

    “ahh, baggers says:December 18, 2013 at 12:56 pm”

    Studying WEIGHTLESSNESS on Earth that has GRAVITY.

    Your entire post is crap.

  • http://moonbattery.com/ Dave Blount

    KHarn,
    That’s one reason I deleted it. The other is that this troll has been banned. He is encouraged to try to make some sort of life for himself, no matter how pathetic, rather than endlessly trolling a site where he is not welcome.

  • Archie’s Bunker

    @Taters Paul Ryan=Infiltrator RINO Rat.

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