Wasting Money bothers me. I am appalled when I see others doing it. I am of the opinion that one can avoid this if they take the time and effort needed to search out an alternative. But I am actually a bit angered by it when I see my taxes paying for ridiculous things. Our government budget never seems to cut out any waste, they just seem to keep adding on crazy expenditures that are a waste of money.
And while I have a short list of a few of the wasteful ways below, I also think there are lots of valuable things our government does with their money — I just can’t think of one right now.
Last time I checked the US Debt Clock, we were over 15.7 trillion in debt. Their continuously updating site shows debt of each citizen at $50,090. So why don’t we cut some of the waste! My belief is that each representative wants as many dollars in his district/state as possible any way he can get them? Let’s face it – it creates jobs, keeps the economy going and the voters on his side….but ladies and gents, enough is enough!
These are some of the more ridiculous things our government wasted money on (in my opinion) in the past few years.
1) An Internet Dating Study – really? Somehow they needed to know how Americans use the internet to find love. I could have told them, Americans aren’t searching for actual “LOVE” , they use it for something else ….ahem. This is where I think they should mind their own business and just butt out. Cost $250,000.
2) Super Bowl Commercial no one really understood. The Census Bureau sponsored a Super Bowl Ad to the tune of $2.5 million that tanked because it was too ironic to actually be understood by most who watched it. Duh?
3) Replacing 36 Toilets in Alaska’s Denali National Park – 1.49 million dollars. They might have needed toilets, I know I’d like one in the if I had to go while at the National Park, but an outhouse with a roll o f TP would have filled my needs.
4) A pedestrian bridge 20 steps from an existing pedestrian bridge in Puget Sound $260,000. And next year they may build another, after all there might be more pedestrians who want to cross. I wonder who’s brother in law owns the company that builds those?
5) National Institute of Health spent $55,000 dollars to promote awareness of a vaccine that doesn’t exist.
6) Funding the creation of a video game to the tune of $600,000 – to be called WolfQuest.
7) They funded $120 million for federal retirement benefits to retirees — seems Ok on the surface, until you find out that those retirees are already dead. AND one retirees’ son collected his father check for 37 years until he also died. My fix… Spend 1 million to fund new employees to find these kind of system abusers and put the $119 million towards the debt.
8)How about the $3.4 million to create an underground turtle tunnel, or eco-passage, in Lake Jackson, Florida – Really! Were they endangered turtles or regular ones? This is money that could have been better spent feeding the hungry in America, but don’t get me started on that.
Is there never going to be an end to this. I remember when they used to call it pork belly spending. Spending by any name is spending. And we need to rein in government spending NOW!
All opinions in this post are 100% mine and have not been influenced by anyone.