The Top 100 Examples Of Government Waste

The Top 100 Examples Of Government Waste – Washington Fee Beacon

Sen. Tom Coburn’s (R., Okla.) annual Wastebook was released Tuesday, detailing billions in frivolous government spending on everything from wine to romance novels.

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As the federal debt surpassed $17 trillion in 2013, Coburn’s office named its top 100 examples of government waste, which cost taxpayers more than $30 billion this year.

“When it comes to spending your money,” Coburn wrote, “those in Washington tend to see no waste, speak no waste, and cut no waste.”

The examples are numerous, including a $150,000 zombie game created to teach kids math and $40,810 to hire an Inventory Manager at the “Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys,” which features exhibits on miniature trains, and giant teddy bears.

The 167-page report compares the Obamacare launch to “New Coke,” tallying the total cost for the glitch-ridden website and promotion for the law at $379 million. Coburn uses the $319 million figure for Healthcare.gov—the most conservative estimate for the cost to build the website—and $60 million for advertising.

The $10 million Oregon received to push the law includes advertisements that do not even mention the word “insurance.”

However, the Portland advertising agency North, Inc., did produce a psychedelic cartoon ad that “features what appears to be Gumby riding on the Beatles’ yellow submarine” to promote Cover Oregon.

The Oregon marketplace had only enrolled 44 people as of Nov. 30.

Other federally funded advertising campaigns have not proven much more successful. “Colorado’s $20 million Obamacare campaign, which features an Elvis impersonator, has signed up fewer than 4,000 enrollees including one dog named Baxter,” the report said.

The National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) spent nearly $1 million to promote romance novels, including a $616,000 documentary “Love Between the Covers,” a website, and a traveling exhibit.

The $914,000 grant was meant to “explore the fascinating, often contradictory origins and influences of popular romance as told in novels, films, comics, advice books, songs, and Internet fan fiction, taking a global perspective—while looking back across time as far as the ancient Greeks.”

The website recently asked if Edward from the Twilight series was “romantic or controlling?”

Other examples of misguided government spending included $1.9 million for “lifestyle coaching” for Senate staff and $1.5 billion for the maintenance of vacant federal buildings.

The Justice Department spends $626,250 so its employees can use travel agents instead of booking online, and the Postal Service paid “futurist” Faith Popcorn $836 an hour for advice on the future of stamps, amassing a bill of $566,000.

Sixty-five million dollars in intended Hurricane Sandy relief went to tourism ads, while only one victim to date has received housing assistance in Staten Island.

Funding also went to research projects that study duck penises ($384,989) and how to use human urine as fertilizer ($15,000).

The Wastebook noted the results of a similar project: “A 2007 study conducted in Finland … found cabbage fertilized with urine grew faster and larger but that sauerkraut produced from the cabbage grown in urine tasted different.”

The U.S. taxpayer also subsidized a hefty amount of alcohol production in 2013. The Alaskan Brewing Company received $450,000 for a “new environmentally friendly boiler,” $200,000 was spent to double production at a winery in Oklahoma, and $100,000 went towards a distillery that makes yam vodka in North Carolina.

The report also focuses on waste in the Pentagon’s budget, including a $9 million reality television series for the Army and a $34 million military headquarters in Afghanistan that will never be used.

The Department of Defense also destroyed $7 billion worth of useable military equipment in Afghanistan rather than selling it or shipping it home.

Another target is NASA, with the report finding over $4.1 million in wasteful projects over the past year.

While no manned missions to space are planned, NASA spent $360,000 paying people to “lie around and do nothing” for a study on weightlessness in space.

The agency spent $3 million for a seminar on “how the legislative process really works” in Congress; $237,205 to study red crabs; and $390,000 to create a cartoon superhero, the “Green Ninja,” to teach children about global warming.

The character fights his archenemies “plastic man, coal man, and junky corporate man.”

“These are only a few of the 100 examples of government mismanagement and stupidity included in Wastebook 2013,” Coburn writes. “Collectively these cost more than $30 billion in a year when Washington would have you believe everything that could be done has been done to control unnecessary spending.”

“Had just these 100 been eliminated, the sequester amount would have been reduced nearly a third without any noticeable disruption,” he said.

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David Axelrod is a professional liar

Ah political consultants, advisers, etc. Is there a group of people I have less use for? Probably not, I mean these are people who lie for a living, people who will tell YOUR lies if you pay them enough, and David Axelrod, is a classic example of an individual who sold his soul to tell the lies of others

See, Obamacare has allowed people to compare plans, and that could, according to Axelrod NEVER EVER have been done before. Funny, I remember doing JUST that in years past. Good grief, the only thing transparent about Axelrod is how bad a liar he is. And, note that he defends Obama’s lying about “if you like your plan…..” by saying “most” people will be able to keep their plan. SURE, for a whole lot more money, and, to be honest, Obama never said “most” or a majority of people could keep their plans. He said repeatedly, point-blank, “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan”. He lied, period! And no amount of lies by Axelrod can change that. And, if you do not believe me, fine, ask NBC News H/T The Right Scoop!

 

NBC NEWS – President Obama repeatedly assured Americans that after the Affordable Care Act became law, people who liked their health insurance would be able to keep it. But millions of Americans are getting or are about to get cancellation letters for their health insurance under Obamacare, say experts, and the Obama administration has known that for at least three years.

Four sources deeply involved in the Affordable Care Act tell NBC NEWS that 50 to 75 percent of the 14 million consumers who buy their insurance individually can expect to receive a “cancellation” letter or the equivalent over the next year because their existing policies don’t meet the standards mandated by the new health care law. One expert predicts that number could reach as high as 80 percent. And all say that many of those forced to buy pricier new policies will experience “sticker shock.”

None of this should come as a shock to the Obama administration. The law states that policies in effect as of March 23, 2010 will be “grandfathered,” meaning consumers can keep those policies even though they don’t meet requirements of the new health care law. But the Department of Health and Human Services then wrote regulations that narrowed that provision, by saying that if any part of a policy was significantly changed since that date — the deductible, co-pay, or benefits, for example — the policy would not be grandfathered.

Buried in Obamacare regulations from July 2010 is an estimate that because of normal turnover in the individual insurance market, “40 to 67 percent” of customers will not be able to keep their policy. And because many policies will have been changed since the key date, “the percentage of individual market policies losing grandfather status in a given year exceeds the 40 to 67 percent range.”

That means the administration knew that more than 40 to 67 percent of those in the individual market would not be able to keep their plans, even if they liked them.

Yet President Obama, who had promised in 2009, “if you like your health plan, you will be able to keep your health plan,” was still saying in 2012, “If [you] already have health insurance, you will keep your health insurance.”

“This says that when they made the promise, they knew half the people in this market outright couldn’t keep what they had and then they wrote the rules so that others couldn’t make it either,” said  Robert Laszewski, of Health Policy and Strategy Associates, a consultant who works for health industry firms. Laszewski estimates that 80 percent of those in the individual market will not be able to keep their current policies and will have to buy insurance that meets requirements of the new law, which generally requires a richer package of benefits than most policies today.

 

Obama and his agenda for America

Donald Douglas links to a piece by Daniel Henninger

Here’s one thought: The main reason there isn’t, and may never be, a solution on the fiscal cliff is that Barack Obama doesn’t know how to do a political compromise. Where in his career did Barack Obama ever learn the art of the political deal? Nowhere.

Recall the famous Blair House summit he called early in 2010 amid the legislating over ObamaCare. Lamar Alexander, Tom Coburn, Paul Ryan and other Republicans talked about wonkish compromises. All of it, every single idea, blew right by the president. Naturally the legislation got zero GOP votes. A kid running for high-school president could have gotten more opposition votes than that.

Presidents, kings, queens, generals all have accomplished a modus vivendi with their opponents and mortal enemies. Until now. What deal of Clintonesque majesty has Barack Obama ever pulled off?

The fiscal-cliff negotiation is a train driven by an engineer who doesn’t know how to use the brake, doesn’t know where the brake is and doesn’t care. His idea of politics is giving campaign speeches outside Washington to assemble a Sandy of public sentiment that will blow congressional Republicans off the cliff.

Politics ain’t beanbag, but it also isn’t just about politics. While Barack Obama may think his election mandate includes the ruin of the Republican Party, Republicans seeking a strategy of self-preservation should assert their refusal to participate in the ruin of the nation. As it is, the fiscal cliff has degenerated into a familiar Beltway melodrama in which the media reduce the whole thing to which party gets shafted. As to the health of the gasping American economy, well, whatever.

I give you one word, radical! Donald Douglas sums it up like this

Progressives suck, especially our Dear Progressive Leader Barack Hussein. All hail!

True dat!

 

Hey it is your money they are wasting

Fleece Me looks at how your tax dollars are being pissed way…………..

Senator Tom Coburn’s report on the government agency, the only justified response will have to be a quote from Star Wars, “You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.”  Checkout my list and you will agree:

  • A $315,000 NSF study suggests playing FarmVille on Facebook helps adults develop and maintain relationships.
  • Armed with a $1 million grant from the NSF, researchers at Indian University-Bloomington and New York University analyzed baby names to determine trends in parents’ naming decisions. Their conclusion: popular names are popular with parents.  [uhhh, no f**ing s**t!!!]
  • The National Science Foundation provided $50,000 for online music videos about science, including “Money 4 Drugz” and “Biogas is a Gas, Gas, Gas.”  Here are some lyrics for yo ass!:

When we talk about government waste………..

We are talking about things like this.

The Internal Revenue Service says it will need a battalion of 1,054 new auditors and staffers and new facilities at a cost to taxpayers of more than $359 million in fiscal 2012 just to watch over the initial implementation of President Obama’s healthcare reforms. Among the new corps will be 81 workers assigned to make sure tanning salons pay a new 10 percent excise tax. Their cost: $11.5 million.

Why, or maybe I should ask HOW can it cost THAT much, $ 359 MILLION  for 1054 new employees? Seriously? By the way, I know that the Stalinist feel of this is a bigger deal in the big picture, but I wanted to illustrate the fiscal ineptitude of anything Washington tries to do.

Senator Coburn, I second that emotion!

Tom Coburn is not exactly what you would call on the Newt 2012 bandwagon! Neither am I! Coburn has his reasons, which I share, and to which I would add quite simply that Newt is a politician, in my opinion before he is a Conservative! That just will not do! We need leadership, and in my opinion, politicians are not, by nature leaders. They are, rather than driven by principles, driven too often by power!