"Thanks to your generous donation to the federal government, you helped bankroll a Yale University study on the evolution of duck genitalia. The price tag for taxpayers — over $384,000."Read more »
Do you need underwear that senses cigarette smoke? Guess what, the federal government has spent almost half a million dollars making that possible!Read more »
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.Read more »
It took police nearly four hours at the scene with robots and X-ray cameras before they determined the cooler was empty.Read more »
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.Read more »
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.Read more »
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. government's biosecurity advisers said Friday they support publishing research studies showing how scientists made new easy-to-spread forms of bird flu because the studies, now revised, don't reveal details bioterrorists could use.Read more »
MONTREAL - Taxpayers doled out $200,000 for an escalator in downtown Montreal that leads right into a solid white wall.Read more »
Non-Sequitur comic strip commenting on "the well-oiled machine of governance".Read more »
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.Read more »
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