I don’t know about you but I’m just about fed up with the total disregard for the American people which most of our politicians in Washington have been conducting their duties. This past weekend I became aware of U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) 2012 Report on Wasteful Government Spending. The total that Senator Coburn found for 2012 is over $18 Billion!
With this much money being wasted by our government officials, it’s worth looking at just what is so important that government needs our tax money for:
1) Moroccan pottery classes – (U.S. Agency for International Development) $27 million – A USAID development program in Morocco has failed, the IG found. Part of the program included pottery classes in which the instructor used materials not available locally, and the translator for the classes was not fluent in English.
2) OH SNAP! Junk food, luxury drinks, soap operas, and billions of dollars in improper food stamp payments – (Department of Agriculture) $4.5 billion – Lax controls and mismanagement in the food stamp program resulted in billions of dollars being spent not on healthy meals for hungry kids but instead wasted on questionable or illegal expenditures, including Starbucks, alcohol, diapers, and guns.
3) A penny made is two pennies wasted –(Department of the Treasury) $70 million – Cutting penny production could save at least $70 million annually. Manufacturing a penny now costs 2.4 cents each!!!
In just these three items along, the government is wasting over $5 Billion!!!! I don’t know about you but it makes me want to stop paying federal taxes!!!
Tomorrow, I will look at three more wasteful government programs!!!