Government sure knows how to efficiently spend money. West Virginia has spent $24 million on 1,164 Cisco model 3945 branch routers for their government offices (adding up to 1 high end enterprise level router per 13 government employees). Each router is able to handle hundreds (or even thousands) of simultaneous users depending on their bandwidth needs.Read more »
In the most expensive initiative in Latin America since the Cold War, the U.S. has militarized the battle against the traffickers, spending more than $20 billion in the past decade. U.S. Army troops, Air Force pilots and Navy ships outfitted with Coast Guard counternarcotics teams are routinely deployed to chase, track and capture drug smugglers.
I wish the US government would stop wasting money on this.Read more »
The US Department of Homeland Security, despite budget cuts and construction delays, is planning to add 17,000 employees into its consolidated headquarters in southeast Washington.Read more »
In 2004, the hottest new fashion to wear while killing "terrorists" was the US military's "Digital Camouflage." At the cost of $5B US, the US military forced its adoption in all branches of service, replacing the former "woodland" and "desert" camouflage, but not before running it through layers of bureaucracy and compromise. The result, say bureaucrats and consultants alike, was a complete waste of money that failed in every combat application. It, in effect, "shows [the enemy] where to shoot."Read more »
It looks like Jim Hubbard finally found a project that politicians are hesitant to throw other people's money at. I think it would be very cool if a voluntarily funded Museum of Government waste were to exist - I hope they are successful.Read more »
According to Steve Anderson, a retired brigadier general who served as Gen. Petraeus' chief logistician in Iraq, the Department of Defense spends $20 billion air conditioning tents and temporary structures for the military. That's more than NASA's entire $19 billion annual budget.Read more »
New Jersey governor Chris Christie--who has made government reform a major talking point of his administration--is coming under fire for his decision to travel in a state-owned helicopter to his son's high school baseball game Monday.
According to the Newark Star-Ledger, Christie landed in the state's $12.5 million helicopter just before the game began, buzzing over the trees in left field and distracting spectators. The GOP governor then got into a black sedan with tinted windows, which drove him about 100 yards to the baseball diamond.
Massive healthcare fraud scheme uncovered in Miami
(Reuters) - The top two officials of a leading chain of community mental health centers were among four people arrested in Miami on Thursday in connection with a scheme involving about $200 million in fraudulent medical claims, U.S. prosecutors said.
In Cleveland, you will be issued a recycle bin with an RFID chip and barcode. If your bin is not scanned for a few weeks then a trash inspector will come and sift through your garbage can. If the can has too much recyclable material then armed men will knock on your door and demand a $100 fee. And if you don't pay their extortion then they will kidnap you and lock you in a cage.Read more »
Everyday thousands of items are confiscated by the TSA at airports for "public safety". Now it turns out that these items are being recycled as a means for revenue generation for states. Thats right taxpayers pay bureacrats to confiscate their nail clippers so that they can sell it back to them...or more accurately sell it to street vendors who then sell it back to them.
From the article:
"“They have to dispose of it somehow, so why not sell it and earn money for the state?” Mr. Couturier said."
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