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Congress Spent Your Money on Some Crazy Things Last Year. Will 2014 Be Any Different?
Heritage Foundation ^ | 1/9/2014 | Rob Bluey

Posted on 01/10/2014 6:30:11 AM PST by IbJensen

Can you guess which project was funded with your tax dollars?

A) $98,000 outhouse on an Alaskan trail

B) $1 million bus stop with heated pavement

C) Caribbean vacation for bureaucrats staying at a swanky resort

D) All of the above

If you answered “all of the above,” you’ve either read Senator Tom Coburn’s Wastebook or you’ve grown accustomed to reading headlines about the weird and wacky ways members of Congress spend your money.

The video below chronicles 10 projects that received federal funding in 2013:

With an $1.012 trillion spending bill likely to make its debut any day in Congress, budget hawks are already gearing up for another round of outrageous spending examples.

Heritage’s Romina Boccia chronicled just a few of the things taxpayers can expect to see when lawmakers release the bill: •More spending by exploiting budget gimmicks. •Funding for corporate welfare programs. •Continued funding for Obamacare.

With such a small window between the bill’s introduction and when it’s brought the floor for a vote, lawmakers themselves could struggled to find the time to read it. The spending package will consolidate 12 congressional spending bills, meaning it could be thousands of pages long with as little as three days before a vote.

“Omnibus spending bills, given their size and reach, are too tempting a vehicle for lawmakers to resist inserting pork and harmful policy provisions,” Boccia said. “If there were more time, such red flags would be revealed, increasing opposition to the effort—which is why appropriators are expected to provide as little time as possible between introducing the bill and the final vote.”

The Foundry will post the bill in its entirety upon release, followed by an ongoing analysis by Heritage Foundation experts.

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Government
KEYWORDS: bankruptamerica; cluelesscongress; evilobamaregime; spendmoneydonthave
We haven't seen anything yet!

This phony president and the gullible, gut-less Congress will keep watering the money supply by squandering our funny money on even more stupid things!

The entire corrupted team needs a complete changing!

1 posted on 01/10/2014 6:30:11 AM PST by IbJensen
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A) $98,000 outhouse on an Alaskan trail

A decade or so the State of Washington tore done the outhouses on state owned land and replaced them with imported gray marble ones ... don't remember if the funds were state or federal origin.

2 posted on 01/10/2014 6:48:21 AM PST by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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It really doesn’t matter if it was state or federal, it was all, every penny confiscated from us. We, the people.

3 posted on 01/10/2014 6:53:01 AM PST by Tupelo (I am feeling more like Philip Nolan every day)
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Grey Marble outhouses in Alaska?

I was raised in rural Wisconsin & went to a one room school with 2 outhouses behind the school.

Those were wood. They were darn cold in the winter.

I cannot even imagine how cold a marble outhouse in Alaska would be!!!

Another example of government bureaucracy from people who never had to sit their hinnie on a seat in an outhouse!!!!

4 posted on 01/10/2014 7:48:12 AM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: IbJensen; kristinn; IBD editorial writer; WashingtonSource; LucyT; null and void; upchuck; ...

The Obama Administration Culture is based on lies, persecution of political opponents, and violating the US Constitution.

Under the leadership of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House John Boehner, the GOP Establishment Congressional Culture is based on becoming more like the Obama Administration Culture.

By design, the GOP Establishment has become a doormat speed bump for Obamacrat politicians on the very wide, and well lighted Highway to European Socialism.

Without the capable cave-in expertise of McConnell and Boehner, the successful fundamental transformation of America into a weak, financially devastated, morally corrupt, unreliable, former World Power would not have been possible.

To those US Senators and House members who still support McConnell and Boehner, remember Einstein’s definition of insanity:


5 posted on 01/10/2014 8:37:09 AM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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A trenchant analysis, Graewoulf! The Republican "leadership" is worse than useless - they're nothing more than a pack of quislings!

America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!

O stranger, tell the Lacedaemonians that we lie here, obedient to their command.

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

6 posted on 01/10/2014 8:55:28 AM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Mlichael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: ConorMacNessa

Aw, shucks, - - - . Thanks.

7 posted on 01/10/2014 8:56:57 AM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: ridesthemiles

Sorry for the misunderstanding - I was comparing outhouses in AK today to outhouses of yesterday in WA State.

8 posted on 01/10/2014 10:37:36 AM PST by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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