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  • “Hardest Hit Fund” to Help Struggling Homeowners Spent Millions on Parties, Bonuses, Cars

    09/03/2017 8:45:52 AM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 31 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | 08/31/2017 | na
    A multi-billion-dollar government program launched by Obama to help families hit by the housing crisis squandered millions on parties, employee bonuses, cars, and superfluous data storage. The program is known as Hardest Hit Fund and operates under the Treasury Department, which does little to oversee it and sits by as federal audits expose pervasive fraud and waste. The findings of the latest probe were released this month by the inspector general of another reckless Treasury gem, the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), Obama’s disastrous initiative to rescue the nation’s ailing financial institutions. The findings are documented in an exhaustive 93-page...
  • Pruitt ends EPA gym memberships

    04/13/2017 4:28:45 PM PDT · by kevcol · 60 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 13, 2017 | John Siciliano
    Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said Thursday that the days of gym memberships being paid for by the American taxpayer are over. . . . "Well, the gym memberships ended yesterday, it was quite something to hear about that," Pruitt said. He said the agency is investigating the matter, saying "it was the previous administration that granted those gym memberships," which "were rather expensive."
  • 9 Horrific Examples Of Gov’t Waste In 2016, Starting With Feminine Glacier Studies

    12/21/2016 4:55:10 PM PST · by kevcol · 25 replies
    The Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | December 21, 2016 | Kathryn Watson
    The National Science Foundation (NSF) spent $412,000 for a paper encouraging a feminist approach to glaciology, the study of glaciers, according to a report earlier this year from Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Lankford. “Merging feminist postcolonial science studies and feminist political ecology, the feminist glaciology framework generates robust analysis of gender, power, and epistemologies in dynamic social-ecological systems, thereby leading to more just and equitable science and human-ice interactions,” the paper said.
  • FCC: Taxpayers Footing $500M Bill for Obamaphone Fraud"4.2 million duplicate recipients..."

    06/09/2016 7:02:22 PM PDT · by blueyon · 26 replies
    TR True Revolt ^ | 6/09/16 | Sarah Fisher |
    A letter sent by a Federal Communications Commission commissioner suggests that taxpayers are footing the bill for half a billion dollars in fraudulent "Obamaphone" subsidies. Ajit Pai, the senior Republican commissioner at the FCC, says there may be as many as 4.2 million duplicate recipients of Lifeline Assistance subsidies, also known as the “Obamaphone” program. In a letter to chief executive of Universal Services Administrative Company (USAC), Pai requests an audit of how carrier sub-contractors vet the applications for new subsidies. In the letter, first published by The Hill, Pai says that cell phone carriers may have bypassed a safeguard...
  • Obama administration spending $400,000 on camel sculpture in Pakistan

    04/04/2014 11:57:32 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 16 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11:43 AM 03/31/2014 | Alex Pappas
    The Obama administration wants to spend $400,000 on a camel sculpture for a new embassy building in Pakistan, according to a report Monday. BuzzFeed broke the news that the State Department has plans to commission the camel sculpture from John Baldessari, an American artist. The art is called, “Camel Contemplating Needle.” According to a government document posted by BuzzFeed, the sculpture is a “large 500lb fiberglass aluminum, stainless steel, acrylic and painted contemporary art piece.” “Public art which will be presented in the new embassy should reflect the values of a predominately Islamist country,” the document states. While the United...
  • Gov’t Spending $152,500 to Study Voice Therapy for Transgenders

    04/25/2013 9:27:27 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 23 replies
    CNSNews ^ | 4/23/13 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The federal government is spending $152,000 to study “voice therapy” for transgenders, saying it is incumbent to being “accepted as one's preferred gender.” “This study will illuminate the capabilities of the human larynx and inform the relationship between voice production and perception,” states a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant, awarded to George Washington University. “The long term goal of this research is to inform and provide new directions for Transgender (TG) voice care, thereby improving the lives of TG people who feel their voice is a great obstacle to living as their preferred gender.” “Incomplete gender presentation can negatively...
  • Scientist Bemoans Criticism of Gov Funded Duck Genitalia Research

    04/04/2013 11:36:24 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/3/13 | William Bigelow
    In an article for Slate, scientist Patrica Brennan defended her government-funded research into duck genitalia, paid for by the National Science Foundation. She lamented the fact that 88.7 percent of respondents to a Fox News online poll were against the government funding her study. Brennan's research examines duck rape and how females' genitalia have evolved to prevent insemination because the male ducks' penises spiral counterclockwise while females' vaginas spiral clockwise. Who knew the feminist movement could be inspired by ducks?
  • Michigan Airport Home To No Planes Or Hangars Receives Over $150K A Year In Tax Dollars

    03/22/2013 9:23:00 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/21/2013 | Jarrett Skorup
    The town of Evart is home to fewer than 2,000 people — and an airport pointed to as a case study in government waste. Evart Municipal Airport has two flights per day, one runway, zero employees and five "likes" on its Facebook page. Yet, the federal government spent $150,000 on the airport in 2012 while state and local taxpayers spent thousands more. Patrick Hedger, a policy analyst at FreedomWorks, a grassroots, limited-government group, said he thinks the program is a waste of tax dollars. "These ghost airports are a classic economic fallacy in yet another disguise," Hedger said. "It's the...
  • 30 Stupid Things The Government Is Spending Money On

    03/05/2013 7:05:30 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 18 replies
    If you want to get paid for doing something stupid, just turn to the U.S. government. The U.S. government is paying researchers to play video games, it is paying researchers to study the effects of cocaine on Japanese quail and it has spent millions of dollars to train Chinese prostitutes to drink responsibly. The amount of money that the government wastes is absolutely horrifying. Do you remember all of that political wrangling over the debt ceiling deal last year? Do you remember how our politicians told us that there were cutting spending as much as they possibly could? Well, it...
  • $253.5B—Obama Borrowed Nearly 6x as Much in February as Sequester Cuts All Year

    03/04/2013 4:01:05 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 4, 2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    During the month of February—as President Barack Obama was warning Americans they would see dramatic effects in their lives if “sequestration” of some planned federal spending kicked in—the federal government’s debt climbed by $253.5 billion. That one-month increase in the debt was nearly six times as much as the $44 billion in spending cuts the Congressional Budget Office estimates will take place in all of fiscal 2013 as a result of sequestration. …
  • Tom Coburn: Cut the waste, duplication and ridiculous out of the Pentagon

    09/09/2012 10:51:48 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 27 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 9/8/12 | The Right Scoop
    Coburn: Sequestration doesn’t have to hurt if we just cut the waste, duplication and ridiculous out of the Pentagon. CBS News ran this report tonight and I was literally stunned at some of the “ridiculous” Coburn has found in wasteful spending in the Pentagon: Sequestration could be Pentagon pork killer
  • The Ethanol Chickens Come Home to Roost

    07/27/2012 3:58:23 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 39 replies
    Red State | 7/26/2012 | Daniel Horowitz
    After a year full of victories for big government legislation in Congress, the forces of statism seemed to have met their Waterloo with the farm/food stamp bill. The more people learned of the profligate food stamp spending and the market distorting, risk-inducing agriculture programs contained in the bill, the more they spoke out against this monstrosity. Speaker Boehner has refused to bring the bill to the floor so far. Seeing their political stock rapidly diminish, the bipartisan coalition of government-run agriculture took a page out of Rahm Emanuel’s playbook and decided not to let the crisis of the summer drought...
  • Car accident leads to arrest for human trafficking

    10/28/2011 9:25:21 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09
    The Daily Planet ^ | October 28, 2011 | Katie Klingsporn
    A one-vehicle accident on rural Highway 141 on Monday triggered a search through the desert for passengers and eventually led to the arrest of one man for suspicion of human smuggling and the pending deportation of four of the passengers. Juan Denys Hernandez Varenez, a Cuban national, has been charged with four counts of smuggling of humans, a class 3 felony. The San Miguel Sheriff’s Office suspects that he was smuggling four undocumented foreigners to the Denver area when the sedan he was driving crashed. All of the passengers, including a 20-year-old female from Grand Junction whose involvement is unknown,...
  • U.S. Military Hands Millions of Dollars of Equipment Over to Iraqis (Big Government™ Alert)

    09/29/2011 4:41:07 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 17 replies
    Fox ^ | 2011-09-29
    The next three months in Iraq will look like a veritable fire sale, as 45,000 U.S. forces prepare to leave by the Dec. 31 deadline. Rather than ship home valuable military hardware, incurring excessive shipping costs, the Pentagon is simply going to leave millions of pieces of equipment behind, including everything from vehicles and body armor to trailers and air conditioners. When all is said and done, Pentagon planners estimate 3.47 million pieces of equipment worth $313 million will be handed over to the Iraqi government, which still has not asked U.S. forces to stay beyond the December deadline.
  • A $16 muffin? Justice Dept. audit finds ‘wasteful’ and extravagant spending

    09/20/2011 5:44:12 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 37 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 20 Sep 2011 | Jerry Markon
    At a Justice Department conference, auditors said Monday in a report that doesn’t come close to topping the Pentagon’s legendary $400 hammer and $600 toilet seat but does, the auditors said, expose “wasteful or extravagant spending.’’ Cynthia Schnedar, the Justice Department’s acting inspector general, said in the report that some conferences featured “costly meals, refreshments and themed breaks” and that Justice failed to “minimize” costs as required by federal and internal guidelines. Among the examples: Beef Wellington hors d’oeuvres at $7.32 per serving; a Cracker Jacks, popcorn and candy snack for $32 per person and coffee costing more than $1...
  • Gov't pays for empty flights to rural airports

    08/11/2011 9:33:55 PM PDT · by LouAvul · 14 replies
    On some days, the pilots with Great Lakes Airlines fire up a twin-engine Beechcraft 1900 at the Ely, Nev., airport and depart for Las Vegas without a single passenger on board. And the federal government pays them to do it. Federal statistics reviewed by The Associated Press show that in 2010, just 227 passengers flew out of Ely while the airline got $1.8 million in subsidies. The travelers paid $70 to $90 for a one-way ticket. The cost to taxpayers for each ticket: $4,107. Ely is one of 153 rural communities where airlines get subsidies through the $200 million Essential...
  • Job center blasted for giving capes to unemployed

    04/19/2011 1:03:32 PM PDT · by MissesBush · 59 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 04/19/11
    ORLANDO, Fla. – Florida officials are investigating an unemployment agency that spent public money to give 6,000 superhero capes to the jobless. Workforce Central Florida spent more than $14,000 on the red capes as part of its "Cape-A-Bility Challenge" public relations campaign. The campaign featured a cartoon character, "Dr. Evil Unemployment," who needs to be vanquished. Florida's unemployment agency director asked Monday for an investigation of the regional operation's spending after the Orlando Sentinel published a story about the program. State director Cynthia Lorenzo said the spending appeared to be "insensitive and wasteful." Workforce Central Florida Director Gary J. Earl...
  • April groundbreaking slated for Edward M. Kennedy Institute

    03/21/2011 3:15:08 PM PDT · by GQuagmire · 36 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | March 21, 2011 | Martin Finucane
    A groundbreaking ceremony has been slated for early next month for the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in Dorchester. The ceremony is to be held at the future site of the institute, next to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, a statement from the institute said.
  • Government Waste: 20 Of The Craziest Things That The U.S. Government Is Spending Money On

    12/21/2010 9:37:16 AM PST · by FromLori · 26 replies · 2+ views
    The Economic Collapse ^ | 12/21/2010 | Michael Snyder
    You are not going to believe some of the things that the U.S. government is spending money on. According to a shocking new report, U.S. taxpayer money is being spent to study World of Warcraft, to study how Americans find love on the Internet, and to study the behavior of male prostitutes in Vietnam. Not only that, but money from the federal government is also being used to renovate a pizzeria in Iowa and to help a library in Tennessee host video game parties. These are just some of the examples in a new report on government waste from Senator...
  • 3C train dead in its tracks, Kasich tells Strickland (GOP Gov.-elect in OH)

    11/06/2010 2:10:19 PM PDT · by 50mm · 69 replies · 1+ views
    Columbus Dispatch ^ | November 6, 2010 | James Nash
    Gov.-elect John Kasich is calling on Gov. Ted Strickland to immediately end two studies of the 3C passenger rail route across Ohio, saying the train plan is as good as dead under a Kasich administration. Strickland and his transportation director, Jolene Molitoris, should sever the 3C contracts right away, said Rob Nichols, a spokesman for Kasich. The governor-elect plans to communicate that in a letter to Strickland, Nichols said. "Given that the train is dead under John, no additional state or taxpayer dollars should be spent on this project," Nichols said. Kasich wants the Ohio Department of Transportation to terminate...