I finally sat down to read the full report on wasteful government spending for last year, and I was shocked by what I found. Did you know that $100,000 of your taxpayer money was used by the State Department to send an American comedy group to India? That’s not all– there are numerous other expenditures that will leave you speechless about how reckless our government has really become. Please read the list below and take action. Be motivated by this absurd spending and do something to stop it so in the near future, we can lose the need for a “wasteful government spending report.” This list contains far from all the wasteful expenditures noted on the full report (which you can read here), but this will give you a taste if you don’t think you’ll be able to handle one hundred individual situations in which your tax money was blatantly wasted.
• $27 million for Moroccan pottery classes. This program began in 2009 (no longer occurring) to help the “economic competitiveness” of Morocco. To do this, an American pottery instructor was brought in to teach Moroccans to create and design pottery to be sold in domestic and international markets. Trainees ended up complaining that the instructor often forgot to bring proper materials to class, and some of the materials used were not available in Morocco, making replication there very difficult.
• $947,000 for “Out of this world Martian food tasting,” part of NASA’s Advanced Food Technology Project, which seeks to create a menu of foods that could eventually be served on Mars. They’ve already developed a pizza along with about one hundred other recipes. NASA spends about $1 million developing these foods; this year, NASA awarded $947,000 to researchers at Cornell University and the University of Hawaii to study which foods would be “best” on Mars.
• $325,000 was given by the National Science Foundation for the development of the RoboSquirrel to test how squirrels react to confrontation from a rattlesnake. It’s even stored with live squirrels so it smells like an actual squirrel. RoboSquirrels in the future will even have the ability to pelt rocks at their rattlesnake attackers!
• $516,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to create “Prom Week,” a video game that allows people to “relive” their high school prom through a video game.
• $15 million toward the “Initiative for Proliferation Prevention” in Russia– a program that is now, contrary to its original mission, recruiting more young scientists and engineers to develop weapons in Russia. We’re funding Russia’s expansion of their weapons programs.
• $505,000 from the Department of Housing and Urban Development went Sergeant’s Pet Care Products, Inc., which specializes in pet shampoo and toothpaste.
• $350,000 from the National Science Foundation to “examine the benefit golfers might gain from using their imagination.” Guess what they found– golfers need to imagine the hole is bigger!
• $142,419 given to the city of Indianapolis through a federal grant from the Department of Transportation to provide free transportation to attendees of Superbowl XLVI.
• $67,926 from the EPA to Syracuse University to run “Students Against Trash,” a poster contest for students in New York, New Jersey, and Puerto Rico. The goal of the program was to increase recycling on campus.
• $97,000 from the Department of Health and Human Services to design and run the “MyPlate Fruits and Veggies Video Contest” on YouTube. A $9,000 prize pool was promised for the winners, bringing the total cost of the program to $106,000.
• $500,000 from the National Science Foundation for “LawMeets,” an online training program for rookie attorneys.
• $100,000 from the Department of State to send an American comedy group on a seven-city tour across India. The show was called “Make Chai, Not War.”
• New Mexico State University, Las Cruces used a $24,995 grant to develop a course called “Should We Want to be Happy?” Students taking this class will set up a “philosophy booth” (think Lucy’s stand in Charlie Brown) and use it to question other students on the “nature of happiness.”
• $1 million from the Department of Commerce to Ogden City, Utah to create a “Mobile App Lab.” Hopes were that this “lab” would push people to continue coming up with new applications for smart phones and tablets. It makes very little sense to force taxpayers to fund an already booming industry that needs little to no government assistance.
• Read the full report of wasteful government spending here.
Are you outraged yet?