What does your government spend money on?
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http://dirtyspendingsecrets.com/

How much money did Washington recently spend to train Chinese prostitutes to drink more responsibly on the job? (Choose one.)

$100,000
$327,000
$2.6 Million

Incredibly, Washington is spending $2.6 million training Chinese prostitutes to drink more responsibly on the job. This is the kind of wasteful spending that President Obama and Congress have stubbornly refused to cut. Instead, they planned to raise taxes on families and entrepreneurs by trillions of dollars! Only action by citizens like you will break the Washington liberals of this kind of frivolous splurging.

Each day, how many U.S. Postal Service workers are given specific orders to do . . . nothing at all? (Choose one.)

400 workers—every day!
Actually it’s worse: 625 of them.
1,125 workers per day

Because of overstaffing, the U.S. Postal Service selects an average of 1,125 employees daily to sit in empty “standby rooms.” They are not allowed to work, read, play cards, watch television, or do anything. The annual cost is $50 million! This is just one of many dirty spending secrets . . . yet liberal politicians say they can’t find much to cut from the federal budget.


How much money does Washington spend annually maintaining unused or vacant federal properties? (Choose one.)

$100 Million. Of your money. Every year.
Guess again, it’s $200 Million . . . for land that sits totally idle.
$25 Billion—yes, Billion.

It’s the answer with the “B”—$25 BILLION every year and growing. These are not national parks, but property sitting idle with no immediate positive benefit to the public. Yet we are pouring $25 billion into maintaining them through federal employees and contractors. Despite such largesse, politicians keep telling us they can’t find enough waste to justify spending cuts and want to raise your taxes instead.


TRUE or FALSE: A government study found that one-fifth of all federal programs—costing $123 billion per year—do absolutely no good for the people they serve.

True
False

It’s true! Government auditors spent five years—between 2004–2009—examining all federal programs and found that 22 percent of them—costing taxpayers a total of $123 billion annually—fail to show any positive impact on the populations they serve. Things have hardly improved since then! It’s another case of Washington taxing you not because it needs so much money . . . but so Washington liberals can expand their power and privilege.


The 2009 federal “stimulus” plan, which cost $787 billion and failed to stimulate the economy, has spent your money on projects including (choose one):

Mascot costumes
Electric golf carts
A university study of how much alcohol college freshmen women require before agreeing to sex
None of the above
All of the above

It’s all of the above—and much more. The stimulus plan has mainly stimulated the size and reach of Washington, not the American economy. But the stimulus’s failure has led many Washington liberals to call for—wait for it—additional stimulus! And of course, they can’t seem to find many programs to cut, so to pay for the added stimulus, they are calling for still more taxes.


The Bad News

The next dirty spending secret is that many Washington liberals are determined to keep spending more, raising the federal debt (already more than $14 trillion and nearly 100% of our Gross Domestic Product), and increasing taxes.

The Good News

They can be stopped. The 2010 election showed that Americans are aware of the challenges we face. Polls show that voters are disgusted by all the spending. We have a real opportunity to make dramatic cuts in spending over the next few years and save the American Dream from national bankruptcy. Outrages like the ones you’ve just read can become a thing of the past.

To become part of the solution, please sign the Citizens’ Open Letter to Congress on Spending and Debt by The Heritage Foundation, the most influential policy think tank in America. Heritage will use this letter as part of its arsenal to show Congress the need for cuts . . . and your name will be among the countless Americans listed.

http://www.askheritage.org/citizens-open...-congress/


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#2
That's pretty bad, indeed.

Just think, if the fed had funded worthwhile artists and designers instead, we could've had Duke Nukem Forever come out like, ten years ago.
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(06-09-2011, 08:11 PM)The_Harlequin_King Wrote: That's pretty bad, indeed.

Just think, if the fed had funded worthwhile artists and designers instead, we could've had Duke Nukem Forever come out like, ten years ago.

Or we could put that money into NASA and get going back to the Moon.
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(06-09-2011, 08:35 PM)CollegeCatholic Wrote: Or we could put that money into NASA and get going back to the Moon.

Or on the moon for real this time, depending on on one's conspiratorial bent, LOL.


But anyway, there isn't much I think the government should be involved in, but one thing I do feel strongly about is the support of art and science. The great works of western civ came largely from the patronage of kings, which is effectively the same as federal spending.
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#5
Nope...no art...science is OK as long as it isn't stuff like stem cell junk. There are plenty of private sponsors for art and I am tired of my tax money going for shit like piss Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary in urine. We all have our pet projects that need to be drastically cut or eliminated. Mine is the military. It's time to bring all the troops home from all of the wars and just worry about our own country.
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(06-09-2011, 08:35 PM)CollegeCatholic Wrote:
(06-09-2011, 08:11 PM)The_Harlequin_King Wrote: That's pretty bad, indeed.

Just think, if the fed had funded worthwhile artists and designers instead, we could've had Duke Nukem Forever come out like, ten years ago.

Or we could put that money into NASA and get going back to the Moon.

If we hadn't built the Shuttle and built the other design on the table we'd have a Moon Base and be well on the way to building an interplanetary spceship launched from the Moon. instead we teach Chinese hookers to drink better.

tim
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(06-09-2011, 08:54 PM)Petertherock Wrote: Nope...no art...science is OK as long as it isn't stuff like stem cell junk. There are plenty of private sponsors for art and I am tired of my tax money going for shit like piss Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary in urine. We all have our pet projects that need to be drastically cut or eliminated. Mine is the military. It's time to bring all the troops home from all of the wars and just worry about our own country.

Agreed about the bad/blasphemous art. But if I were President, it'd be like the reign of the Sun King once again.

(Note that by art, I'm also talking about architecture that doesn't look like crap.)
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(06-09-2011, 09:14 PM)The_Harlequin_King Wrote:
(06-09-2011, 08:54 PM)Petertherock Wrote: Nope...no art...science is OK as long as it isn't stuff like stem cell junk. There are plenty of private sponsors for art and I am tired of my tax money going for shit like piss Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary in urine. We all have our pet projects that need to be drastically cut or eliminated. Mine is the military. It's time to bring all the troops home from all of the wars and just worry about our own country.

Agreed about the bad/blasphemous art. But if I were President, it'd be like the reign of the Sun King once again.

(Note that by art, I'm also talking about architecture that doesn't look like crap.)

Fair enough. If I were supreme dictator I would eliminate most government departments. On the top of the chopping block would be the Dept. of Education, Dept. of Energy, EPA, TSA, and first and foremost the IRS...
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#9
Here's your first step: end the Fed.
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(06-09-2011, 10:51 PM)Walty Wrote: Here's your first step: end the Fed.

Yeah...forgot that one...that's a must.

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