NASA Spent $1 Million on a Food Menu for Mars

Written by Gary North on October 31, 2012

U. S. Senator Tom Coburn has done his homework. Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) issued his annual report on government waste this week. Entitled “Wastebook 2012,” it compiles 100 of the most egregious ways taxpayers’ money is being squandered. Coburn awards Congress the “well-deserved but unwanted distinction as the biggest waste of taxpayer money in 2012.” […]

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Party Time at Taxpayer Expense

Written by Gary North on August 7, 2012

The Government Services Administration likes to have parties at taxpayers’ expense. It has gotten away away with this for years. The government spends so much money every year that junkets and parties go unnoticed. The GSA hid the fun and games under this enormous layer of government spending. But then the party in Las Vegas […]

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$270,000 for a Government Awards Ceremony

Written by Gary North on July 31, 2012

The U.S. government has an agency, the General Services Administration. It supervises real government-owned estate. It supervises government purchasing. It also throws terrific parties. Expensive parties. You may have read of the party in Las Vegas that cost taxpayers $800,000. That got a lot of attention three months ago. Well, the GSA is at it […]

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Up a Tree: $74,000 to Fund a Treehouse Museum

Written by Gary North on May 24, 2012

Did you know there is something called the Institute of Museum and Library Services? Did you know that the U.S. government operates it? I didn’t. But then I read about the Elizabeth Stewart Treehouse Museum. It has been given a grant by the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences. The grant totals $74,470. “It’s a […]

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It Pays to Be Dead: Federal Checks to Dead Employees

Written by Gary North on May 8, 2012

It may seem incredible, but the U.S. government has spent $120 million over the last five years to pay dead federal employees. Yet the government insists it is running a fiscally tight ship. Congress cannot seem to find ways to cut spending. In one case, a man died in 1971. His son collected his paychecks […]

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Feds Spend $133 Million to save $280,000 a Year (Maybe)

Written by Gary North on April 11, 2012

The U.S. government is spending $133,000,000 to renovate a government office building in Portland, Oregon. It will make the building “green.” It will plant shade trees — 18 stories of shade trees. The savings are officially estimated to be $280,000 a year. A critical story in the American Spectator reports that this will take 475 […]

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$6.6 Billion in U.S. Currency Has Flown the Coop

Written by Gary North on April 5, 2012

The United States government in 2003 printed up $6.6 billion in money and flew it to Iraq. The money disappeared. This has been known for years. It so perfectly illustrates how the U.S. government works that no one in charge says anything. This is the biggest robbery of currency in history, yet hardly anyone knows […]

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