Some Examples of Sub-standard Government Spending

Citizens for an Operational Government is a Political Action Committee. PACs are inherintly political but we try our best to be bi-partisan. A better description of our political views might be equeal opportunity crticizers. People on both side of the fence are responsible for the state of America today and both sides need to work together to reduce government spending. While even mentioning cutting government spending might make one seem like a Tea Party activist it really should not. While I believe that the cuts Republicans talked about making this summer were not the right way to go politically they did so anyway(the nerve). I believe that if they went after this kind of spending both sides and the rest of the population would be on anyone who supported cutting these types of spending side.So without further ado THE WORST EXAMPLES OF GOVERNMENT WASTE:

  1.            Washington will spend $2.6 million teaching Chinese prostitutes to drink more responsibly          on the job.
  2. The refusal of federal employees to fly coach will cost taxpayes $146 million.
  3. The Securities and Exchange Commission spent $3.9 million rearanging its desks in its Washington, DC headquarters.
  4. The US Postal service charged $13,500 on one dinner at a Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, including “over 200 appetizers and over $3,000 of alcohol, including more than 40 bottles of wine costing more than $50 each and brand-name liquor such as Courvoisier, Belvedere and Johnny Walker Gold.” The 81 guests consumed an average of $167 worth of food and drink apiece.
  5. Washington will spend $126 million in 2009 to enhance the Kennedy family legacy in Massachusetts. Additionally, Senator John Kerry (D-MA) diverted $20 million from the 2010 defense budget to subsidize a new Edward M. Kennedy Institute.
  6. The Federal Communications Commission spent $350,000 to sponsor NASCAR driver David Gilliland.
  7. Congress recently gave Alaska Airlines $500,000 to paint a Chinook salmon on a Boeing 737.
  8. The Transportation Department will subsidize up to $2,000 per flight for direct flights between Washington, D.C., and the small hometown of Congressman Hal Rogers (R-KY) — but only on Monday mornings and Friday evenings, when lawmakers, staff, and lobbyists usually fly. Rogers is a member of the Appropriations Committee, which writes the Transportation Department’s budget.
  9. Two drafting errors in the 2005 Deficit Reduction Act resulted in a $2 billion taxpayer cost.
  10. The National Institutes of Health spends $1.3 million per month to rent a lab that it cannot use.
  11. Lawmakers diverted $13 million from Hurricane Katrina relief spending to build a museum celebrating the Army Corps of Engineers — the agency partially responsible for the failed levees that flooded New Orleans.
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