Election 2012: Examples of Government Waste – Reason for Limiting Govt

If you notice, too much of taxpayer funding goes to people of other nations. Why? These are the same people who are crying about America being the “world’s police” when it comes to military interventions, but says nothing about spending money on African nation poor people when we have homeless and people losing jobs/homes because of the poor economy and Big Government. 

Meanwhile, Obama and Congress has cut the N.E.W. Curative work program in half, a program that is not welfare, but an actual work program for disabled and senior citizens having difficulty getting jobs that unemployment rates cause a serious problem for everybody.

In addition to providing taxpayer funded bailouts for the financial and auto industry, providing benefits toward the American trade unions, the Obama administration (as well as other administrations) and Congress (too many times the president is solely blamed) are wasting tax dollars and driving America into bankruptcy i
  1. Obama chastised Bush for Guantanamo Bay detainee center vowing to close it. Instead, Obama administration is spending $750,000 on a new soccer field for detainees held still held there.
  2. The Department of Veteran Affairs who doesn’t have funding to provide veterans with support promised by Congress, who they and the president sent to war, gets $175 million to upkeep an unused Monkey House.
  3. Obama administration has committed to spending between $16 and $20 million to help Indonesian students get master degrees.
  4. You probably heard about this one: US government has spent $175,587 “to determine if cocaine makes Japanese quail engage in sexually risky behavior”.
  5. Government spent $200,000 on a “tattoo removal program” in Mission Hills, California.
  6. Three million dollars has been granted to University of California to play video games, such as World of Warcraft. [Maybe I should go back to college.]
  7. The US Department of Agriculture (2010) gave University of New Hampshire $700,000 to study methane gas emissions from dairy cows. [Those are certainly expensive farts.]
  8. $615,000 was given to University of California at Santa Cruz to digitize photos on T-shirts and concert tickets belonging to Grateful Dead.
  9. Professor at Stanford University received $219,100 to study how Americans use the Internet to find love. The “research” found (2010) that the Internet is safer and more discreet way to find same-sex partners.
  10. Department of Health and Human Services plans to spend $500 million on a program that will primarily seek to solve the problem of 5-year-old children that “can’t sit still” in a kindergarten classroom. [Try telling the parents to give them less sugar content foods.]
  11. Fannie Mae actually has the intestinal fortitude to ask for another bailout … this time to the tune of $4.6 billion of taxpayer funds – and it looks like the Obama administration and its complying Congress is going to do it.
  12. In 2010, federal government spent $30 million on a program to help Pakistani farmers produce more mangoes – meanwhile the mangoes go up in price in America.
  13. Old news, but applicable: USA Today reported that 13 different government agencies “fund 209 different science, technology, engineering, and math education programs – and 173 of those programs overlap with at least one other program.” [It’s like how the government first taxes your income and then taxes the money left again, to include any interest or dividends received on money taxed by the income tax system.
  14. China still lends us more money than any other foreign nation, but how is it that we spend $17.8 million on China’s social and environmental programs over and beyond the amount owed as loans. In other words, why are we giving away money to a nation we are borrowing from? And, check this one out, you probably heard it: our government spent $2.6 million to train Chinese prostitutes to drink alcohol responsibly!
  15. US Postal Service, who complains they are going bankrupt, despite increases in cost of mail service, spent $13,500 on one dinner at Ruth Chris Steakhouse!
  16. Las Vegas, Nevada got $1.8 million to spend on their museum’s neon signs.
  17. The federal government has federal buildings that are either not used to its full extent or totally vacant – yet spends $25 billion for maintenance PER YEAR for building maintenance funding.
  18. Feds gave Tennessee library $5,000 so they could host a series of video game parties.
  19. In 2010, government spent $123.050 on a Mother’s Day Shrine in Grafton, West Virginia and the town has a population of a little over 5,000.
  20. The Heritage Foundation has found that the US military spent “$998,798 shipping two 19-cent washers from South Carolina to Texas and $293,451 sending an 89-cent washer from South Carolina to Florida”
There is, of course, much more. Remember, this Congress refused to pass a bill to stop earmarking – and this is mostly what is the result. It has been a custom to put, in the last minute hoping no one will notice, special interest insertions within a budget bill, usually for the benefit of a state’s senator or representative.
And, I just has to include this expense to foreign nations taxpayer fiasco: National Institutes of Health paid researchers $400,000 to find out why gay men in Argentina engage in risky sexual behavior when they are drunk.
People have made fund of Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich bringing up the idea of a limited government that only spends on what the Constitution allows – and yet, GOP establishment and their naïve supporters are all for electing in the primaries between Romney and Santorum, big taxpayer spenders as the possible candidate to stand up to the Obama political machine. Romney has a losing record of standing up against Obama – and Santorum has been given a rating of spending taxpayer dollars for special interests an “A”.
You cannot reform government or create a real “change” if the American voter votes for the same type of the people with the same type of ideology and with a past record, character and in office, that points to the inability or refusal of actually performing the tasks of protecting and abiding by the Constitution they are elected for and paid to perform. Congress and presidents have done nothing to repeal the 16thamendment and tax the American people fairly nor have reduced the government, which reduces the expense – although we hear the rhetoric about it.
During campaigns, we hear more about what the other guy didn’t do right or did wrong; and then mention what is wrong. After decades, the American people KNOW what is wrong – we want competent people to fix it.
Quit allowing the media to decide who is a candidate in an election and who should win. Quit watching the propaganda TV ads that candidates spend millions on to make the other guy look bad without addressing the issues at hand. Start researching candidates at the library or the comfort of your home on the Internet. Look at their records posted at On The Issues. Be a responsible voter and you have more responsible leaders.
We are never going to totally agree with a candidate – so voters must look at the overall ideology of a candidate when making their decision.
I don’t agree with everything Ron Paul says – but I certainly know he has not changed his ideology much since 1983. He is consistent and determined. If you noticed – he is moving up in the polls while Romney and Santorum attack each other, make stupid remarks and statements, and blames American problems on Satan.
Get with it America – now is your chance. You know you like mavericks. You know most of us are sick of fighting other people’s wars and then come home and find that the VA doesn’t support what they said they would – before you left for a combat tour or muster out. You know, after reading the paragraphs above that we spend too much money on foreign nations and its people when Americans are hurting here. You know that ObamaCare is going to be just another useless costly social program that will just push the American people’s rights down the toilet and the program never doing what it was meant to do. By the way, Obama administration just announced that ObamaCare will cost more than previously accessed. How is that not a surprise to most of us? Especially when they force cost of contraceptives into the health care factor and other insane things. True, the health care insurance companies have had their cake and ate it for too long – so we need to reform the lobby system so they cannot convince congressional members to side with them. Medicare is an example of how government programs end up different than what designed for an expensive because of fraud and inefficiency.
That is why the Founders insisted on a limited government. Let the people take care of themselves and each other. Charity belongs in the private sector and government has no business in distributing our income or punishing those that provide employment and career opportunities for the rest of us.
Social Security can remain or even Medicare (if reformed), for it is a program where the people pay premiums into it. However, the people should have a choice as to whether to stay in the program as is, or invest in a reputable investment program; as well as control over THEIR retirement funds – government is not an automatic beneficiary as in the past and no more raising the requirement age. Government needs to pay the IOUs in the Social Security “Trust” Fund and in the future not be allowed to use that money for anything else but for payment of retirement benefits paid for by you and your employer.
If any of this makes sense – why are you voting for Romney or Santorumin the primary election of 2012? Do you think they could stand up to the Obama machine? They will be made as fools, much like they are doing to themselves now.
Its not too late – make those percentages rise for Ron Paul or second choice: Newt Gingrich. He shouldn’t be held accountable for media lies and a personal divorce issue that occurred more than a decade ago. He has been a staunch supporter of the Tea Party movement and limited government – and Ron Paul has done so even longer, and with a perfectly clean record as far as character and his voting record. 
Oh, I just had to include this one: FAA is one of the agencies of government that taxes us, funny I thought only Congress had that power. The tax money you pay on your cell phone, internet service (my tax is now $5 per month for satellite internet service and 50-cents for Wisconsin state tax – and they were complaining about not taxing the internet?), and other things the FAA has control over has spent $5 million to send FAA employees to conference in Atlanta, Georgia (2010 Wastebook). Whistle blowers amongst the 3,600 employees that attended, stated that the conference was little more than a “three-week Christmas party”. FAA managers claim it was a training program for air traffic controller systems. FAA official did state that a “buffet cocktail party” occurred after each training session. 
Whether it took place in 2010, 2011, 2012 – government waste continues and will do so until Congress and the White House starts spending our money as they would their own, more responsibly; and that cannot happen without legislation that has failed to pass time and again. Just as the FairTax Act was first introduced in 2002 at the start of congressional session and Americans are still waiting for income tax to go away.