government waste

Do the unemployed need superhero capes to make them feel better?

Posted April 20th, 2011 by Erehwonmai

More government waste. Do the unemployed need superhero capes to make them feel better? Apparently the government seems to think so...

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State orders Detroit to close half its schools

Posted February 23rd, 2011 by pmfalcon

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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Police chief tweets incompetency at courthouse.

Posted November 24th, 2010 by warsaw

The Albuquerque police chief is using Twitter to call out delinquent judges. Not a huge story, but I always like stories like this. He's calling it "a huge waste of taxpayer money." I don't think Twitter allows enough characters for him to include the complete list of waste.

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US duped during Taliban peace talks by an imposter.

Posted November 23rd, 2010 by JamesButabi

Months of secret talks and an untold amount of money appeared to have Taliban and Afghan leaders close to a peaceful solution. It is now known the whole scenario was false as the leader was actually a scamming imposter.

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Chalmers Johnson, RIP

Posted November 23rd, 2010 by phonon

I’m sad to report that Chalmers Johnson died on Saturday. He was a stalwart of this site, writing for it regularly from its early moments. Without the slightest doubt, he was one of the most remarkable authors I’ve had the pleasure to edit, no less be friends with. He saw our devolving American world with striking clarity and prescience. He wrote about it with precision, passion, and courage. He never softened a thought or cut a corner.

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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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199 L.A. County workers made at least $250,000 last year

Posted October 5th, 2010 by EtotheRic

Nearly 200 Los Angeles County employees earned more than a quarter of a million dollars in 2009, according to a list of the county's top earners released late Monday in response to a Public Records Act request from The Times.

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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

Posted September 30th, 2010 by masshole

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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Homeland Security-Wasted $500M on Nuke Precautions for Border

Posted September 24th, 2010 by masshole

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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