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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Nov 7, 2012 1:25PM
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How about the BILLIONS we pass out to MUSLIM countries who kill our people, burn our flag and chant DEATH TO AMERICA!!!
Nov 7, 2012 1:03PM
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It is not the government wasting it, it is society taking advantage of grants and benefits set out to help stimulate. The government gets blamed for trying to help people repeatedly. When is society gonna wake up and realize the problem lies within ourselves.
Nov 7, 2012 1:02PM
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"Bye, Bye American Pie",  We have destroyed our, " American Dream" yesterday!
Nov 7, 2012 12:52PM
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Mostly nickel and dime examples. Real waste is covered up because it is in the defense industry. Troops are short-changed coming and going, while trillions are wasted so that a very few may prosper. 
Nov 7, 2012 12:35PM
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Love the MSN liberal Media header entitled " Stocks fall as traders eye the Fiscal Cliff" Really? Stocks fall because a_hole liar, murder and thief gets re-elected to the presidency. Hurry up and tax everyone O'Bama, while there is at least a little something left to tax. Find it ironic that Netfix is up today? Why wouldnt it be? Section 8 coauch potatoes scored a big victory. Time to invest in BBQ compainies, food stamp printers, and yes, Netfix. I am so discusted with this country right now I cannot begin to tell you.
Nov 7, 2012 12:25PM
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How about nasa: They should only be involved in satilities ( military,communications and weather) We hear so much that the private sector can do things so much better let them pay every cent to go to the moon,mars etc.etc.
Nov 7, 2012 12:25PM
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Remember, all of this was passed by Congressmen/women whom you just voted back into office.  By doing so, YOU spent this money.  All my life, I've been amazed at the ignorance of a people who vote people into office who spend money so recklessly and then the next election vote them back in.  This is the old "shut up or put up". 
Nov 7, 2012 12:16PM
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Well the market is letting everyone know what the election result means to them.
Nov 7, 2012 11:57AM
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It must be nice just to piss away so much money without worrying about the backlash that comes with spending on such stupid stuff. If they don't know what else to spend their money on I will gladly spend some of that on things that really matter such as my daughter's educational loans so she can go back to school and finish her degree instead of being forced to withdraw from school because she could not get the loans she needed this year to graduate. These are the issues these big wigs don't acknowledge and aren't concerned with. Put that money towards our kids in college who are willing to be productive but are not given the chance to do so. Meanwhile, her loans will be collecting interest due to things beyond her control, especially where the alternative private loans are concerned. How do they expect our kids to succeed if these kids are being denied the loans they need?  They took such risks giving loans to people they knew couldn't afford during the housing collapse, but they aren't willing to give these hard working kids the loans they need.  Common sense? I think not. Stop spending so much on trivial luxuries and put it towards the real things that will make our country prosperous.
Nov 7, 2012 11:54AM
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welala

If were going to talk welfare lets useall the facts!! and review the corporate welfare that has been given  out (billions) in the form of subsadies and tax easments to corporations that have been recording record profits for years. All while manipulateing the markets they do business in to maximize thier profits at the expense of the (held hostage) consumer.  

Nov 7, 2012 11:45AM
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The #1, top of the list example of government waste is Obama
Nov 7, 2012 11:45AM
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moving to canada can't be any worse there at least no obama
Nov 7, 2012 11:23AM
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As I remember Regan tried to pass a bill to look into things like this and congress and the senate tabled and at that time the demarcates where in control
Nov 7, 2012 11:04AM
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Ok these are nice teasers but let's get to the real stuff. Like some others have said, there are plenty of areas in our government that waste more money several times over than everthing in this list combined. Failed programs to corporate kickbacks, lets see the real wastes now.

I think its time

Nov 7, 2012 11:02AM
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Food stamps for everyone!!  It's...an Obamanation!  There goes the rest of my savings trying to ride out this storm...

Nov 7, 2012 10:40AM
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The President did not create this environment and the recession.  The republicans headed by Bush did this with phony wars, tax breaks to the rich, and now a do nothing congress that will never go back to reaching any solutions.  Already they are talking about more obstruction on the House side with Beener and that ridiculous Cantor.  We have spoken about who will be President for the next four years, and now we need to make congress listen up to what we are saying.  It is "we the people' and you republicans and tea party fools are still not listening.   The people are paying your salaries and perks and we are SICK of you!  As far as we are concerned it is you people who are the terrorists with your refusals to comprimise and your stupid temper tantrums.  All of you need to grow up and act like mature adults.  No one can go forward if you refuse to work, anyone not willing to comprimise should be held in contempt at this point.
Nov 7, 2012 10:28AM
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All of this waste needs to be exposed and eliminated.  These are the things that are really pissing off the lower and middle income people. 
Nov 7, 2012 10:25AM
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I retired from the Social Security Administration several years ago, where this Nut Job named Mark Knepper had been put in charge of a Television Studio to provide training to new employees of Social Security. This Idiott was appointed supervisor only because he had over 15 harassment complaints filed against him, mostly by subordinate women. The Government feels that by putting a person in charge that has a horrid repore with all subordinates will somehow serve to motivate employees, while all it really achieved was created a hostile work enviornment.
This person had no prior experience in this arena but simply because he made lives miserable for so many people he had to be a great leader. Our Government needs to contract out as much work as possible, simply because nobody could ever manage anything as badly as our Government.
Nov 7, 2012 10:13AM
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Nasa.....  let  E.T.  come to us.... we dont care if there was water once on mars by the way.  big waste of money, p[robe for asteroids heading for earth only...
Nov 7, 2012 9:45AM
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The gov't wastes money, we all know that. However, how many people in the private sector have criminally ripped off existing programs like welfare and medicare.  How much $$$ has gone to non-existing welfare people, phantom patients, and bogus projects.  The blame for waste and fraud can be spread around everywhere.        
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