by Sam Huntington
I was doing some reading the other day at The Heritage Foundation. They put together an article about the booze, pole dancing, and luxurious hotels charged to the American taxpayer during 2013. You can read the article here.
I’m not saying that any one of these expenditures will bankrupt America. I’m not even saying that all of them together present a clear danger to the US economy. I’m certainly not suggesting that expenditures under one administration is more shocking than any other. I’m only suggesting that the arrogance of the federal bureaucracy is nothing if not jaw dropping. With millions of Americans out of work, all the rhetoric about rich people not paying their fair share, and all the issues about sequestration … it makes you want to know, “Who in the hell are these people?”
Heritage Foundation’s top ten outrageous government waste includes:
- An outhouse in Alaska, $98,670.00
- Heated bus stop in Arlington, Virginia, $1 million
- Pole dancing grant, $10,000.00
- Pizza from a printer, $124,996.00 (another NASA project)
- Female psychology, $335,525.00
- Booze and whiskey glasses for the State Department, $5.4 million
- Monitoring psychological depression on Twitter, $82,000.00
- A new facade for the British Embassy, $1 million
- New artwork for the VA office, $562,000.00
- Government employee vacation to St. Croix –we have no idea how much this cost.
I could write for another hour about other things that deserve closer attention, but I know you get it. Well, most of you do. Tell me though, how do we get the attention of bureaucrats who don’t really care what we taxpayers think?