While waiting to be sliced on to remove three out-of-control skin cancers (thank you, Arizona, for all this sunshine!), I glanced through a Reader's Digest that contained an article about wasteful government spending. Yikes! I just love it when I'm right! Remember my post about paying down our national debt by cutting out wasteful spending??? Well, I didn't know how wasteful it really was! Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma has written a book called Wasteland 2011. You can read about it here .
I took 11 of the most absurd ones from the Readers Digest to share with you today:
$207 million to study the redundant engine program of the F 35 fighter jet..
"Haven't we already done this???"$120 million in benefit checks were sent out to DEAD government employees.
Dead, but the benefits just keep coming!!$113,227 was given to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games for video game preservation.
"No! I am NOT a game addict!!"$606,000 given to Columbia University to study online dating.
"God! These people are IDIOTS!!!"$492,005 given to Wellesly College to answer the question"Do you trust your Twitter feed?"
"and the purpose if this is...????"
$55,382 given to Va. Commonwealth University toward a study on hookah smoking by Jordanian students.
What is a hookah, and why do we do it???$198,195 to UC Riverside to study whether happy or unhappy people spend more time on social media.
Some people have no shame
$592,527 given to primate researchers to study, in part, what feces-throwing among chips reveals about their communications skills
"Hey! Think fast!!!"$338,998 for study women's weaving and wool in Iceland in the years AD874-1800
We all know about the $15.3 million Alaska got to build the "Super Bridge to Nowhere."
"Just where are we going? Oh, nowhere in particular!"
There's one more that I would like to share with you. Children, prisoners, and others were awarded $1 billion in energy efficient home improvement tax credits. These credits were given to people who DIDN'T EVEN OWN A HOME! Furthermore, the IRS doesn't even require proof of home ownership.
"Yes, and thanks to the government, it's energy efficient!!"
Wonder why our national debt is out of control?? Add up just these 11 items. They add up to more than one billion 344 million plus American dollars. There are no doubt thousands of other items costing billions of dollars that we could dump from the federal budget if the government just wanted to take the time to seek them out. We should DEMAND that they do just that! There is not one government worker who deserves a $300 toilet seat for the restroom, not even the President!!!
I would like to point out that the practice of throwing money away on non-essentials is nothing new in the federal government. It has been going on for DECADES. The difference here, is that we have never been so deeply in debt as we are today, and the need for controlling wasteful spending has never been so great.
That's my offering for this week's Alphabe-Thursday. Next week, I'll be publishing an essay by my BFA, and you don't want to miss it! See you then!!!