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Your Taxes Build Robotic Squirrels & Menus for Mars says Waste Book

What do robotic squirrels, menus for Martian meals and a musical about climate change have in common? They've all been made possible with taxpayer assistance, according to the latest survey of government waste put out by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla. Known simply as the Waste Book, the report is a watchlist of eye-opening expenditures, which Coburn blames on a "let them eat caviar" attitude in Washington -- at a time when "23 million of our fellow Americans do not have good jobs," Coburn notes.

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Created by snowdog2012 2 years 19 weeks ago – Made popular 2 years 19 weeks ago
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FAIL: Robots, X-Rays, Cops Battle Empty Cooler for 4 Hours

It took police nearly four hours at the scene with robots and X-ray cameras before they determined the cooler was empty.

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Created by snowdog2012 2 years 29 weeks ago – Made popular 2 years 28 weeks ago
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2 girls climb US-Mexico border fence in less than 18 seconds

On average, each mile of border fence costs US taxpayers about $4 million to build and will cost another $6.5 billion over the next 20 years to repair and maintain.

Are we getting our money's worth? Is the border fence an effective deterrent? To find out, I asked two young women—both only about 5'5"—to see if they could climb the wall.

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Created by snowdog2012 2 years 35 weeks ago – Made popular 2 years 35 weeks ago
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Government Issues Study of a Study about Studies

The GAO has released its conclusion on a study commissioned to study a Pentagon study on its own studies. The study's conclusion was that the study of studies was ineffective. The taxpayer-funded cost for the worthless studies was not released, however.

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Created by driveallnight 2 years 42 weeks ago – Made popular 2 years 41 weeks ago
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$1 Billion That Nobody Wants

Politicians in Washington hardly let a few minutes go by without mentioning how broke the government is. So, it's a little surprising that they've created a stash of more than $1 billion that almost no one wants.

Unused dollar coins have been quietly piling up in Federal Reserve vaults in breathtaking numbers, thanks to a government program that has required their production since 2007.

And even though the neglected mountain of money recently grew past the $1 billion mark, the U.S. Mint will keep making more and more of the coins under a congressional mandate.

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Created by phonon 3 years 35 weeks ago – Made popular 3 years 35 weeks ago
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State orders Detroit to close half its schools

State education officials have ordered the emergency financial manager for Detroit Public Schools to immediately implement a plan that balances the district's books by closing half its schools. The Detroit News says the financial restructuring plan will increase high school class sizes to 60 students and consolidate operations. Officials say that the plan would wipe out the district's $327 million deficit by 2014.

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Pentagon: 2.3 TRILLION unaccounted for

On September 10, 2001 Donald Rumsfeld mentioned that thanks to "military bureaucracy" that trillions (with a T) could not be accounted for, saying it was a matter of "life and dead." Then, 24 hrs. later world history was changed forever, and most have seemingly forgotten about this financial disaster.

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Created by Grey 4 years 18 weeks ago – Made popular 4 years 17 weeks ago
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REAL or FAKE: Which of these government spending projects are real?

Lady on the street interview with seemingly random Americans. She tells them about a hypothetical government make work program and asks them whether they think it's true or not. What do you think?

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NY outrage as bureaucrats order city to change lettering on every sign

The city will change the lettering on every single street sign - at an estimated cost of about $27.5 million - because the feds don't like the font.

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Created by masshole 4 years 22 weeks ago – Made popular 4 years 21 weeks ago
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Homeland Security-Wasted $500M on Nuke Precautions for Border

The Department of Homeland Security has wasted up to nearly a half billion dollars in taxpayer money and time on its current plans to develop technology at the nation's borders to detect nuclear material being smuggled into the country, according to two recent GAO reports cited by a Republican senator on Thursday.

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Created by masshole 4 years 23 weeks ago – Made popular 4 years 23 weeks ago
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