12 examples of government waste

The federal government remained bloated in 2012, according to a US senator whose annual reports highlight examples of what he sees as unnecessary spending.

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Jan 21, 2013 6:25AM
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yes i do like the benefits i get

 

 

 

 

 

Nov 11, 2012 10:17PM
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You can always find unnecessary funds to cut.  But you need to watch what you do.  The Smokie  stuff, for instance.  If it prevents one wild fire, it pays for ten to a hundred years of the program's funding! 
Nov 10, 2012 8:36PM
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Smokey the bear taught me to prevent forest fires when I was too young to even know how bad those are. I don't know if you've ever lived near a place with forest fires, but they are horrible, frightening, and destructive events. The value that smokey provides to preventing forest fires alone should be enough to justify the costs.

But I'm not stopping there. Smokey becomes a marketable character for ranger stations, which means that the $49,000 is only an investment in merchandise sales. I have Smokey the bear hats and stuffed animals, and I know I'm not the only one. (Compare: the actual production of Mickey Mouse loses money for Disney, but as a whole Mickey Mouse makes a ridiculous amount of money for the company).

In addition, Smokey is a character that makes many Americans happier. In terms of economic value, that happiness is well worth the 0.01 cents ($0.0001) per American. Just because you may not have a connection to a given character doesn't mean it holds no economic value or sentimental value for others.
Nov 10, 2012 1:34PM
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My generation was taught to waste not, but now the government does that for us. Nearly flipped when I saw one of the news programs, some big hoop-de-doo with escort of about 6 armoured vehicles and two dozen security staff bringing him back to his office, he had been off to get a haircut....... and millions/billions get wasted on the innaguration fanfare ........ and my 94-year-old Aunt pushed out of the hospital less than 24 hours after a radical mastectomy because medicare won't pay another day? One more Grandma over the cliff. Pretty sad priorities. I got a Thanksgiving card hand-made by my 7 year old nephew, he wrote he is thankful for supper, his dog, his family and his pajamas.... as much as I bellyache about some things it was heartwarming to hear that at least someone appreciates what is really important.
Nov 10, 2012 10:57AM
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82% of the House of Representatives ran for re-election

90% of those won re-election

Only 23% of the (total) House will consist of new members

 

Of the 33 Senate seats up for grabs,

22 of them were sought by incumbants and 21 of those won.

Only 12% of the Senate will consist of new members

 

Talk about no change in Washington. Whatever happened to all the cries about voting out all incumbants?

 

I think know. Voter turnout in the primaries is typically very low. I was the only voter in the room when I went. Come the general election, voters are faced with the devil they know and the devil they don't know. Either that or they think that all incumbants but their own should be voted out. It just doesn't work that way. Apparently we need a great deal more pain before we put our votes where our mouths are.

Nov 10, 2012 9:28AM
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If Romney and the Republican party really know how to add 12 million jobs and fix the economy in just 4 years, the American thing to do would be tell the rest of us how they planned to do it. I'll bet $10,000 it won't happen (wink). Lets all just continue hate Obama instead - that will fix everything!
Nov 7, 2012 8:58PM
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WAIT TIL OBAMA DEATHCARE KICKS IN WITH DEATHPANELS, TAXES, MEDICARE CUTS,

SERVICES CUT AND HIGHER RATES! THEN SINGLE PAYER HEALTHCARE! OH THAT'S HAPPENING ALREADY!

 FINALLY THE MEDIA CAN'T SAY THE RIGHT WAS LYING ABOUT OBAMA'S LIES AND COVERUP!

THE ELECTION PROVED THE MEDIA IS BIAS AND HELPED HIM GET ELECTED AND HALF THE COUNTRY

IS FULL OF LEFT WING LIBERAL ANTI AMERICAN SOCIALIST! LET'S SPLIT THE COUNTRY IN TWO AND ROMNEY

BE OUR PRESIDENT AND YOU DOPE LIBERALS CAN HAVE FING OBAMA FOR YOURSELFS!

Nov 7, 2012 8:29PM
Nov 7, 2012 8:07PM
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Why do we need taxes at all? If each candidate for office can raise and spend 2 billion to campaign. There should be no need for any tax at all.
Nov 7, 2012 8:02PM
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There is far more waste in our government than these small examples. Just one that comes to mind quickly is spending almost a million dollars to develop a pen that could write while in orbit or outer space. Why not just use a pencil?
Nov 7, 2012 8:01PM
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Businesses that need a bailout have been mismanaged for years. Rather than future bailouts let them go bankrupt , stockholders and those who either worked for or manage a failing company should take the hit NOT THE TAX PAYERS. If the business is worth anything someone will scoop it up and rebuild it in a better way

Perfect example US Post Office can deliver mail every other day.  One side of town on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and the other on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday. Saves 50% of mail carriers, 50% of vehicles, 50% of fuel with the added benefit of 50% less pollution. We all call it snail mail anyway and anything of importance is sent by Fed Ex or UPS overnight anyway.

Government is a business and should be run by business people not politicians who are egotistical and self promoting with little or no care for the position they are elected to. I regret we have re-elected a politician over a business man

Nov 7, 2012 7:54PM
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For months, I have been writing, on here, telling anyone who could read that we not only needed to throw Obama and his entire staff out of office, but most of the members of congress also. Just look at what happened today in the stock market, does that sound like people, who are successful, are real happy that Obama won another four years? Yes America, there are people out there who worked there as$es off to get ahead. Obama and his cohorts want you to hate them, but why should you. You want to make them suffer because they worked hard, why? We are the laughing stock of the world today! China, radical muslims, welfare recipients, lazy blacks, whites, reds and pockadots, illegal's, and every other haters of America's majesty, are all partying hardy tonight. They know we are fools, they are not afraid. I am ashamed to be an American tonight, first time in my life!
Nov 7, 2012 7:08PM
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Really? Not a mention of the fact that the US spends over half of the entire world's defense budget? That we still run a military designed to fight a global superpower when the overwhelmingly largest threats need to be handled through strategic intelligence operations? That we have enough nuclear weapons to obliterate the world multiple times over but we keep building new ones every year?  No mention of the billions given to pharmaceutical companies every year to develop new drugs that they then turn around and sell for absurd profits, never repaying a dime of the reasearch money?

 

Instead you point out a less than $500 event used to convince nerds to visit the library more often?

Nov 7, 2012 6:40PM
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Some of these are indeed, a true waste of government spending.  Others, however, only appear to be on the surface.  Sometimes events, such as the Star Wars day, helps spread awareness of the public library which can, in the end, fuel donations.  As for things like the beef jerky, I would have to assess the situation a bit more before i just blatantely called it a waste of funding.  There are a lot of factors involved including quality, costs, accessability.  I hate articles like this where they place a blanket accusation without giving any thought to why it was funded in the first place.
Nov 7, 2012 6:38PM
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Lets also add Obama to the list.  The biggest, worthlest waist of all.  I am debt free, including my home.

I made provisions and sacrifices in my life to do this, along with putting 2 kids through medical school.  Before you say that I'm some rich Dr., I'm not.  Blue collar worker (non-union by choice) with a combined income of less than 100k.  That being said, I expect our government to do the same.  I will be standing on the side lines watching for the next 4 years while you wonder why in the hell you voted this Chicago gangster back into the Whitehouse.  Thanks alot Ohio and Florida.

Nov 7, 2012 6:38PM
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Senator Coburn, I've been in the DoD/FBI financial arena for over 35 years, hire me and I'll show you some more waste that will add up to at least 50 billion.
Nov 7, 2012 6:19PM
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I've had it with the liberal media, especially on this website.  I'm switching to yahoo as my home page so I don't give msn my page views anymore, from which they profit.  If you feel the same way do so as well and boycott msn. 

Socialism is not the answer and the greed, envy, and class warfare Obama is sewing, together with his reckless overspending, are tearing our country apart and sending us down a path to ruin.  Shame on you people who voted for him.  You are dooming our young people and children to pay for your excesses and overspending.

 

Nov 7, 2012 5:27PM
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examples of government waste...The TSA, DEA, Homeland Security, Foreign Aid, useless wars,  50% of the Pentagons budget, Space Programs, Fraud in programs for the poor, war on drugs, farm subsudies and the list goes on.  That was off the top of my list...

And the total comes to 10 trillion dollars of pork spending ok'ed by the republican congress...

and you idiots put all of those morons right back in for part II of fleecing America...

Hope you are all proud of yourselves because you are going to pay and pay big time for being so

STUPID...

Nov 7, 2012 5:13PM
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You could use Your head to vote for the right person
Nov 7, 2012 5:08PM
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The rich can have a lower tax rate.

The elderly can have Medicare Part B

Heck free education and forgive student loans too !


Just don't be puttin Non-productive wars on credit cards and any society can be productive and prosperous.



Re-investigate 911 @ AE911 before spending ----5 Trillion---- plus dollars !

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