The 10 Dumbest Examples of How Government Wastes Taxpayer Dollars

There are few things that put as big a smile on my face as pointing my finger at the U.S. government for its sometimes errant spending habits. I've been doing it for years with CEOs, so it's only fitting I turn my attention to the worst-run business of them all (from a loss perspective), the U.S. government. We know in hindsight that select government funds are wasted each year, but many of the ways that these funds get used often fall through the cracks, unnoticed.

Every year, however, Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn and his political team put together a summary of 100 ways the U.S. government has wasted taxpayer money in the previous year. Known as Wastebook 2013, Sen. Coburn's 177-page report (link opens PDF) for the past year outlines what is nearly $30 billion in wasted taxpayer funds of what he suspects could be as much, if not more than $200 billion wasted annually.

Source: Tax Credits, Flickr.

While this is just a fraction of the annual federal budget, and wouldn't make a big dent in our nearly $17.3 trillion national debt, it nonetheless represents an opportunity for the government to look more closely at ways to reduce its spending at a time when budget cuts are a primary focus. Maintaining a sustainable budget is also imperative to a growing U.S. economy, and the continued positive outlook of sectors dependent on U.S. spending, such as aerospace and defense.

With that being said, today we're going to look at the 10 dumbest ways the U.S. government wasted your taxpayer dollars last year.

1. Not to sugarcoat things
In what is perhaps one of the most perplexing industry props of our generation, the 2008 Farm Bill created the Feedstock Flexibility Program (FFP), which was aimed at increasing the use of ethanol and biofuels. The terms of this program require the U.S. government to purchase sugar from sugar producers in times of surplus and resell that sugar to ethanol plants to ensure that sugar producers remain profitable and that sugar prices remain higher than the rest of the world. Why?

According to Wastebook that's because sugar producers can use their sugar as collateral for loans from the government, which many producers simply can't repay. In 2013, the U.S. Department of Agriculture resold much of its sugar at a loss – a $171.5 million loss to be exact -- and estimates call for the FFP to cost taxpayers another $239 million over the next 10 years.

Source: Wastebook 2013.

2. Solar D-efficiency
The U.S. government has made no qualms about its efforts to encourage green energy solutions throughout the U.S., but clearly some of those projects aren't well thought out.

In 2012, federally funded solar panels were commissioned to be placed on Manchester-Boston Regional Airport's parking garage. More than a year later, one-quarter of those solar panels sit under a tarp because glare from the sun makes the runways difficult to see for the control tower.

What's even more interesting is that the solar panels were anticipated to have a life of 25 years, and save around $100,000 annually in electricity costs, yet the overall project cost was $3.5 million. Feel free to ponder the math on that one.

3. Facebook moves the IRS into its inner circle
While many of us loathe tax time, social media giant Facebook (NASDAQ: FB  ) is licking its chops because it'll likely get another whopping refund this year thanks to a corporate tax law that allows it to use employee stock options as a tax deduction. Because Facebook grants options to its employees, it's thus far been able to claim a whopping $3.2 billion in federal and state deductions.

The end result is that the IRS wrote Facebook a $295 million refund check in 2012 despite the company earning $1.03 billion in net profit. With $2.17 billion in carryover deductions left for fiscal 2013, Facebook is unlikely to pay any taxes again this year, and will most likely get another refund check from Uncle Sam.

4. A 'taxing' problem
There are two certainties in life, according to Benjamin Franklin: death and taxes. I'd contend the third certainty is that there will always be tax cheats (i.e., people who don't pay their taxes or use illegal loopholes to subvert them).

According to Wastebook, some 312,000 federal employees and retirees were delinquent on their federal income taxes, including $1 billion from federal employees, about $2.1 billion from military and civilian retirees, and more than $300 million from active military. Combined, that's roughly $3.5 billion in uncollected taxes. If that weren't problem enough, Wastebook shows that many of the still-working delinquent citizens are still employed by the federal government, which is "inappropriate for any individual in violation of the law."

5. Happy wife, happy life!
A study conducted by the National Institutes of Health -- which, may I add, conducts thousands of important clinical trials annually -- wandered off course a bit with a $335,525 study grant that it used to research the behavior of 82 married couples. Specific to the NIH's findings was that "marriages that were the happiest were the ones in which the wives were able to calm down quickly during marital conflict." I'm not married, personally, but I have a strong suspicion that telling your wife to "calm down" isn't the holy grail of argumentative solutions.

Source: Wastebook 2013.

6. The not-so-Goodyear blimp
Every year quite a few defense budget flubs make it onto Sen. Coburn's wasteful spending list, and this year was no exception.

One unique "defense" mechanism was the Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle (LEMV), which was nothing more than a football field-sized blimp designed to provide continuous reconnaissance of Afghan battlefields. The proposed advantage was that it could carry around a 2,750-pound payload across a 2,000-mile radius for up to 21 days while being unmanned.

The one snafu with the project was that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found numerous technical problems with the LEMV that eventually led to the blimp getting scrapped before it ever saw those Afghan battlefields. The total cost of the project was a cool $297 million and the Army resold the LEMV back to the original building contractor for a bargain basement price of $301,000. Just your standard 99.9% discount!

7. Weapons? We don't need no stinkin' weapons!
If you thought the $297 million lost on the blimp was abysmal, you may want to just skip ahead to No. 8 now.

Because the Department of Defense has a habit of over-ordering when headed into conflict, the military wound up destroying 170 million pounds worth of usable vehicles and other military equipment in Afghanistan, according to Wastebook. In other words, 20% of all military equipment in Afghanistan, valued at $7 billion, was scrapped rather than brought home or sold to the Afghans because the costs of shipping them back home would be too high, and flooding the Middle East with used military equipment may have hurt defense companies domestically by driving down prices.

8. So nice, you'll see it twice
Given the bungled rollout of the Obamacare website, Healthcare.gov, taxpayers have been particularly keen on wasteful spending when it comes to IT programs. According to Wastebook, there's plenty of waste to go around with the federal government spending $82 billion on IT each year, and a recent GAO report noting that three agencies have spent $321 million on essentially overlapping IT programs over the past couple of years. Not surprisingly, the most costly overlap was accredited to the Department of Health and Human Services (yes, the overseers of Obamacare), which has four overlapping systems related to "Enterprise Information Security," which costs $260.4 million annually.

9. Giving credit where credit isn't due
To put it mildly, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) – a refundable tax credit designed to help lower-income working individuals – is difficult to understand. The dollar caps surrounding the law and the people who qualify can change on a year-to-year basis, making the job of giving the right funds to the right people daunting for the IRS.

According to an audit conducted by the Treasury Department Inspector General for Tax Administration, the IRS paid out $13.6 billion in false EITC claims in 2012, and averages $11 billion in false claims each year, compared to an average annual EITC payout of $55 billion. Worse yet, Wastebook claims that the IRS has made no genuine attempt to implement a plan to reduce the payouts of these false claims.

10. NASA goes to Congress
Last, but certainly not least, we have NASA, which is known for exploring strange new worlds, announcing that it'll be spending a cumulative $3 million over a five-year stretch on allowing its employees to better understand how Congress works. As Wastebook describes, this funding will allow attendees to "look at how Congress is organized, the key players and their roles, how the legislative process really works, and how Congress directly affects the daily operations of every department and agency in the Executive Branch." Somehow, I just don't see this $3 million expense is helping us get to Mars any faster.

Ultimately, these 10 wasteful programs are but a snippet of the 100 listed in Wastebook. Which wasteful program stands out the most to you? Tell me and your fellow Fools in the comments section below.

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  • Report this Comment On February 01, 2014, at 1:13 PM, FormerIRS wrote:

    Sorry, but item #3 and any similar items are illogically called "waste" unless you define waste as any tax credit or deduction you disagree with. And why does the IRS get slammed when Congress is responsible for the tax code which allows this benefit to any corporation?

  • Report this Comment On February 01, 2014, at 3:36 PM, avanelle wrote:

    your the same idiots thay have given us a 17 trillion debt. both parties and most presidents in the last 40 years have put us in this mess and now you want us to follow you, listen to you, you want other nations to be like us. when i look at president obama and harry reed and nancy pelosi , its no wonder we are 50 tillion in debt. the three brains together wouldn't make a good idiot.

  • Report this Comment On February 01, 2014, at 3:48 PM, DQ10 wrote:

    400 billion spent so far on the F-35, and it doesn't make the top ten?

  • Report this Comment On February 01, 2014, at 4:05 PM, TheAncient wrote:

    I have to agree with DQ10, Motley, you choked on this one. When the rest of the world is developing or buying 2 engined fighters for their military why would the US move to a single engine? What possessed them to sign a 60 YEAR contract for 2443 fighters? Is technology going to suddenly go stagnant? $1+ Trillion in tax dollars, probably more because spares are priced in today's dollars. The next choke Motley is the multi TRILLION dollar upgrade of ALL the US nukes in its inventory over 10 years. Sorry, avanelle, you are clueless.

  • Report this Comment On February 01, 2014, at 4:41 PM, rodgermitchell wrote:

    Amazingly, the Fool does not tell us the most basic fact of all economics: Monetary Sovereignty

    (See: http://mythfighter.com/2010/08/13/monetarily-sovereign-the-k...

    Consider the following sentence in the above post: "Known as Wastebook 2013, Sen. Coburn's 177-page report for the past year outlines what is nearly $30 billion in wasted taxpayer funds of what he suspects could be as much, if not more than $200 billion wasted annually."

    Unlike state and local governments and even euro governments, the U.S. government is Monetarily Sovereign.

    The U.S. government has the unlimited ability to create its sovereign currency, the dollar.

    Unlike monetarily non-sovereign governments, the U.S, does not use tax money to support spending. It creates dollars, ad hoc, by spending.

    Federal tax dollars (unlike state and local tax dollars) cease to exist (they no longer are part of the money supply) the moment they are received by the Treasury.

    Therefore, it is impossible for tax dollars to be "wasted." They are destroyed upon receipt.

    Yes, some federal spending is more immediately productive than other federal spending, but all federal spending enriches the economy. Even building the notorious "Bridge to Nowhere" benefited the economy -- at no cost to anyone.

    Since all of the above is counter-intuitive, and not what you have been told for many years, you might wish to understand Monetary Sovereignty.

    The above link is one good source. Another is: http://mythfighter.com/2013/07/27/i-just-thought-you-should-...

    Every American should understand Monetary Sovereignty, in order to determine which federal actions are beneficial and which are not.

    And the Fool should learn it before providing further advice related to he economy.

  • Report this Comment On February 01, 2014, at 4:52 PM, christian1269 wrote:

    You're just a racist if you complain about anything Obama or his administration did. He can spend millions on one vacation, and the news media asks him what he had for dinner.

  • Report this Comment On February 01, 2014, at 5:45 PM, gotaub wrote:

    Really? You can't see how NASA understanding congress better will help us get to Mars? Really? Humm. Maybe you should spend some money and learn how congress works.

  • Report this Comment On February 01, 2014, at 5:50 PM, quacker wrote:

    if you vote incumbent you are the problem

  • Report this Comment On February 01, 2014, at 5:59 PM, djconklin wrote:

    To #8 the writer should have added the almost $1 BILLION the Pentagon spent on a failed inventory control system and the scrapped.

  • Report this Comment On February 01, 2014, at 6:11 PM, JePonce wrote:

    It is to be expected. We suffer from Obamanomics, "the antediluvian Leftist hypothesis that the Anointed Elitists can spend our way into prosperity, and borrow our way out of debt; with taxpayer earnings and taxpayer debt."

  • Report this Comment On February 01, 2014, at 6:16 PM, JePonce wrote:

    djconklin claims if the million living in poverty and survive only because of food stamps complain they are Racist.

    djc fails to recognized that denial and name calling is the refuge of the morally and ethically bankrupt. or just another good Democrat.

  • Report this Comment On February 01, 2014, at 6:17 PM, rodgermitchell wrote:

    <i>" . . . can spend our way into prosperity, and borrow our way out of debt; with taxpayer earnings and taxpayer debt."</i>

    The Federal government, being Monetarily Sovereign, does not use taxpayer money. And federal debt is irrelevant.

    States and local governments, being monetarily non-sovereign, DO use taxpayer money, and their debt is a burden on them.

    Those who do not understand the differences between Monetary Sovereignty and monetary non-sovereignty, do not understand economics.

  • Report this Comment On February 01, 2014, at 7:19 PM, NeedaClue7 wrote:

    I call foul on the Facebook example. The tax deduction that Facebook received was matched by the taxable income reported by Facebook employees. The government probably made money on this, as the income was likely large enough to put many of those employees in the upper income tax brackets (not to mention Medicare taxes they and the Company would have paid).

    People always conveniently forget that in the case of those corporate deductions for stock options the employee recipients are taxable on the exact same amount in the same tax year as the corporation that get's the deduction. See IRC §83.

  • Report this Comment On February 01, 2014, at 7:26 PM, GrayPlayer wrote:

    Yet voters continue to re-elect the same "boozo's" year in, year out!

    Is it any wonder we are so deep in debt!!!

  • Report this Comment On February 01, 2014, at 8:40 PM, Fight4Justice wrote:

    '..destroying 170 million pounds ...... 20% of all military equipment in Afghanistan, valued at $7 billion....flooding the Middle East with used military equipment may have hurt defense companies domestically by driving down prices.'

    Our government is more concerned about military contractors than the unemployed. I would rather have seen that $7 billion used to help the unemployed during these difficult times but no they just scrapped it to help Lockheed, Northrop, Boeing, Gen Dynamics and Raytheon. Be damned the US government!

  • Report this Comment On February 01, 2014, at 8:40 PM, RMengineer wrote:

    What's an "illegal loophole"? If it's illegal, isn't that just fraud? If it's a loophole, then isn't it legal by definition as that's what a loophole is? A "loophole" implies a LEGALLY permissible maneuver to avert a consequence that would otherwise result from application of the law. That is, if it's illegal, it's not a loophole, it's just fraud. If it's a loophole, then it's not illegal.

  • Report this Comment On February 01, 2014, at 8:48 PM, DevonShire123 wrote:

    The fake media, which is actually just the propaganda arm of the White House, wants you to think, "Aw, that's so DUMB! Man, politicians are DUMB. We should vote in someone smart for a change." But in actuality, 'dumb' isn't the right word. They are corrupt, they are evil, they are bought off by the bank of Rothschild. And virtually everyone we "vote" in will be exactly the same. You don't make it to Washington unless you're already in the pocket of the banking cartel.

  • Report this Comment On February 01, 2014, at 8:54 PM, Fight4Justice wrote:

    Also, regarding the $7 billion of military equipment scrapped so as not to cause any harm to the military contractors profits, I have to asked, 'did the initial purchase of the $7 billion already boost the contractor's profits and if so wouldn't the sale of said used equipment simply even out this excess order thus causing no harm with a zero sum game?'

  • Report this Comment On February 01, 2014, at 10:53 PM, Michaellaborde wrote:

    And the #1 dumbest taxpayer wasteful spend is Obamacare.

  • Report this Comment On February 01, 2014, at 10:57 PM, Freddyfreebe1 wrote:

    Funny how we can vote people in office to make changes and all we get is another on the take whistle blower. It seems like rather then feed the media and complain, he should have working to change these thing after being there for so many years. Did I say work?

  • Report this Comment On February 01, 2014, at 11:22 PM, Dadw5boys wrote:

    Really funny Coburn did not mention the Republicans set it up in 2003 with over $200 Billions Funding and that President Obama has demanded the 502 Home Loans be cut by 95 % actually ending the program leaving enough only to handel those existing loans.

    I wonder who was buying those homes ? Politicians, Lobbyist and Bankers ? take a look http://ruralhousingcoalition.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/...

  • Report this Comment On February 01, 2014, at 11:32 PM, kickchina wrote:

    Let's get serious. Biggest waste is medicare paying for useless treatments for end of life care like paying for chemo for stage 4 lung cancer and other terminal illnesses. You have stage 4 lung or brain cancer you are going to die . You want to pay own funds for this waste, go ahead, we can't afford it. Medicare should only pay for treatments that have proven record of either a cure or a good chance of extended quality life.

  • Report this Comment On February 01, 2014, at 11:36 PM, kickchina wrote:

    Another big waste is entire farm support programs for welfare commodity crop farmers. Farming is a business, can't make it sell and give someone else a shot. All goes corporate, I don't care, no mandate to save family farms in constitution like there is none to save family hardware stores. The biggest joke is many of these welfare farmers in south and west think they are conservatives and endorse less federal spending as they go cash their welfare checks.

  • Report this Comment On February 02, 2014, at 5:07 AM, 2muchcommonsense wrote:

    #1 waste is this report because no report by congress is done for free and this one cost probably about 1 million tax payer dollars to show us how they waste taxpayers money, but never do anything to fix it.

  • Report this Comment On February 02, 2014, at 5:16 AM, 2muchcommonsense wrote:

    i believe we should get rid of the income tax and go to a national sales tax. Meaning the more you spend the more taxes you pay. No more tax breaks or people lying on their income tax forms.

  • Report this Comment On February 02, 2014, at 7:13 AM, SgtChewy wrote:

    I always thought (and was taught) that that's what you learned about in school. Grades 1 through 12. Maybe even College? (#10 NASA goes to congress)

  • Report this Comment On February 02, 2014, at 7:21 AM, SgtChewy wrote:

    You say that really easy (kickchina) until it's your life or farm hanging in the balance... By the way educate yourself... these checks you assume you know something about were in place almost 40 yrs ago... I can remember my dad (a farmer) telling me how the Gov. paid him not to plant a field.

  • Report this Comment On February 02, 2014, at 9:08 AM, Dart14N wrote:

    #7 just shows ignorance of history and economics. It's not that DoD "overordered" equipment for Afghanistan, it's that 150,000 US Soldiers, Marines, Airmen, and Sailors (yes, Sailors) require more equipment than the 68,000 we have now or the 10,000 (or zero) we'll have in 2015. The equipment is optimized for occupation duty during an insurgency, so unless we're planning on overthrowing yet another country's government and dissolving its army, we just don't need most of it now. To spend more to ship back unneeded equipment, or to pay more later to destroy it on the battlefield after it inevitably falls into the hands of enemies of the US, is just stupid.

    Funny how the $4 billion a year in tax credits for oil companies (enough to pay for those solar panels 1,600 times over) doesn't show up, until you realize that Coburn's state is home to quite a bit of the oil industry. Not to mention the hundreds of billions of dollars in defense spending that exists for no good reason other than to protect the interests of those same companies in the Middle East. And before anyone posts "the US doesn't buy much oil from the Middle East" comments, go look at how many contracts US oil companies have in that region.

  • Report this Comment On February 02, 2014, at 9:16 AM, Dart14N wrote:

    As to crop payments, kickchina is right. Far from "helping family farms", they actually hurt efficient farmers by keeping marginal land in production, and lowering prices farmers get paid. Whom do they really help? Big agribusiness, by allowing it to buy up and keep less-productive land and still make a profit. My brother in law farms 450 acres of corn and soybeans, and he would much rather see the whole program go away.

  • Report this Comment On February 02, 2014, at 10:19 AM, Whoohah wrote:

    Wastebook shows that many of the still-working delinquent citizens are still employed by the federal government, which is "inappropriate for any individual in violation of the law."

    The only one who needs to learn hw to pay bills on time is the U.S. Government. What a great example.

  • Report this Comment On February 02, 2014, at 11:00 AM, agsb02 wrote:

    Why stop at 10, 90% of what Government does is a waste of money!

  • Report this Comment On February 02, 2014, at 11:29 AM, sogole wrote:

    Its easy to spend money that belongs to someone else.

  • Report this Comment On February 02, 2014, at 11:40 AM, Alericc wrote:

    "Because the Department of Defense has a habit of over-ordering when headed into conflict, the military wound up destroying 170 million pounds worth of usable vehicles and other military equipment in Afghanistan, according to Wastebook"

    They didn't over order anything, it would have cost more than they equipment was worth to pack it all up, ship it all back and then bring back up to specs. But you would rather we give it to the Afghans who detest us and are waiting for the US to get out so they can fly the Taliban flag. Or we can sell it to them and they can pay us with the SAME money we are giving them which equates to giving it to them. Destroy it ALL.

  • Report this Comment On February 02, 2014, at 1:31 PM, vet212 wrote:

    With weapons as in most of defence it is better to have and not need than need and not have. plus over spending and having more than you need actually allows training with REAL weapons not simulations always more effective

  • Report this Comment On February 02, 2014, at 1:51 PM, jimstaro wrote:

    Freedom Isn't Free!! I Paid For It!! American Veteran!!

    As those served ignore their responsibility and most of the issues, DeJa-Vu all over again:

    Congress thus Country, Undermine Veterans! Writing/Talking related to the VA, using us Veterans as their magnetic ribbons phony 'patriotism'! Free wars and not Sacrificing for the decades of results of those wars and for decades while ignoring many of the issues of the Veterans of!!

    There's only one branch of Government, Federal and States, consistently doing for not only us Veterans' but also the Military personal and their Families, and without the control of the Countries purse strings, combining the Cabinet agencies abilities to help where possible with their budgets and charged responsibilities. That's the whole Executive branch under President Obama. Doing what Congress, State legislatures, in passing feel patriotic support bills that are unfunded, and the people represented by them and served by the Military refuse to do, Sacrifice, especially the wealthy!

    The Abandoning of the missions and the purposes of, along with the once

    again promises to the Afghan people, first time was after the

    Afghan/Soviet long war, quickly after 9/11, with the Lives still being lost, those serving still being wounded!!! Giving rise to, with the rhetoric from within, not a victory over, and spread of al Qaeda type ideology criminal terrorism!!!

    The Cost of War, All Costs, the Responsibility of Those Served

    "12 years also is a long time. We now have a lifetime responsibility

    to a generation of service members, veterans and their families." Dr. Jonathan Woodson 11 Sep. 2013: 'With 9/11 Came Lifetime Responsibility'

    Where were the 'offsets' to federal spending as the rubber stamping, more then the off the books wars with no-bid contracts, was going on and claiming 'patriotism' for?

    Decades, and wars of, of under funding the VA. With these two recent

    wars little was done for the Veterans of as well as the Military

    personal, i.e. Walter Reed as one example, and their Families, in the

    first years of both under the previous executive branch and those

    congresses. Rubber stamped war costs, off the books and on the countries

    credit card with no bid private contracts, including building an

    expensive private merc army! That's not adding in all the other rubber

    stamped costs of the bush administration policy wants, especially in the

    first six years of!

    Rachel Maddow: "We got a huge round of tax cuts in

    this country a few weeks before 9/11. Once 9/11 happened and we invaded

    Afghanistan, we kept the tax cuts anyway.

    How did we think we were going to pay for that war? Did we think it was

    free?

    Then, when we started a second simultaneous war in another country, we

    gave ourselves a second huge round of tax cuts. After that second war

    started. The wars, I guess, we thought would be free, don`t worry about

    it, civilians. Go about your business." 23 May 2013

    "If military action is worth our troops’ blood, it should be worth

    our treasure, too" "not just in the abstract, but in the form of a

    specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

    David (CBS News) Martin: "Then there's the financial cost. To date,

    the Pentagon has spent more than $500 billion on the war in Afghanistan.

    A defense spending bill the Senate is expected to pass this week would

    add another $80 billion to that." 17 December 2013

    That's not counting those decades to come results from costs and the once again ignored, by those served, issues!

    The wars, neither Afghanistan nor Iraq, have yet been paid for. Nor

    especially the now decades to come, DeJa-Vu all over again, the of

    results for those sent, over and over, and the continuing under funding

    the Peoples Responsibility, the Veterans Administration charged with

    much more then just caring for the wounded, as those served ignore most

    of those results from!!

    'Cost of War' site {real and estimated costs}: "Total

    US federal spending associated with the Iraq war has been $1.7 trillion

    through FY2013. In addition, future health and disability payments for

    veterans will total $590 billion and interest accrued to pay for the war

    will add up to $3.9 trillion." 19 March 2013 © 2011 Watson Institute, Brown University

    USN All Shore '67-'71 GMG3 Vietnam In Country '70-'71

  • Report this Comment On February 02, 2014, at 2:56 PM, PaulSell wrote:

    What about the $800,000 it costs the American taxpayers to bring "Snuff Lip" back alone on Air Force 1 from her extended HawaiianChristmas vacation? Barry is a real azswhole!

  • Report this Comment On February 02, 2014, at 6:04 PM, ColeTrain wrote:

    At least our government was able to "compromise" on a $1.1t spending bill. $220m WASTED annually! Where is the accountability? It's time we start putting the real criminals behind bars.

  • Report this Comment On February 02, 2014, at 6:33 PM, pallmall wrote:

    "LOL" And you the stupid American taxpayer paid for it !

  • Report this Comment On February 02, 2014, at 7:54 PM, carmeno wrote:

    I have to add another dumb example of government waste. Trying to force feed us that Monsanto is our friend and that it's not at all responsible for the fast disappearance of bees that are essential for pollinating the corps (and butterflies that bring beauty to life), while at the same time the Department of Agriculture tells us how worried they are about the bees and for people to plant more of the plants that provide sustenance to the bees. (Maybe less of the bad ones?)

  • Report this Comment On February 02, 2014, at 10:18 PM, zahidul5799 wrote:

    There are few things that put as big a smile on our face by the U.S. government for its sometimes errant spending habits. According to this report for the past year outlines what is nearly $30 billion in wasted taxpayer funds of what he suspects could be as much, if not more as $200 billion wasted annually.

    Afghan/Iraq/Soviet long war, quickly after 9/11, with the Lives still being lost!!! Actually Uncle Sam is wasting a huge amount of money in such war to ensure this security. But, he is not thinking about the true thing that is American’s are losing their acceptance all over the world. If it is continuing than American’s lives may fall in danger. As never you fill happy with security or military guard. But, this day is in front of us to stay with security at any time and at anywhere!!!

    At the point (1-Not to sugarcoat things) you mention about sugar producers can use their sugar as collateral for loans from the government, which many producers simply can't repay. I think that is not a matter which cannot happen in any country but the amount is high not unfortunate things for U. S. A.

    At the point (2-Solar D-efficiency) The U.S. government has made no qualms about its efforts to encourage green energy solutions. Yes, our government should try to be more efficiency. They are taking the steps that can help us to prevent the environmental pollution. But, they need to take different good ideas about green energy from all over the world.

    About the point (3-Facebook moves the IRS into its inner circle) I think another refund check from Uncle Sam to Facebook is good news for Americans but if other countries apply taxes on Facebook than what will happen as Facebook is working around the world?

    About the point (4-A 'taxing' problem) I will say problem is a thing that may occur in anywhere but I hope government will solve as early as they can.

    About the point (5-Happy wife, happy) I will say Uncle Sam always thinking about our happiness.

    Weapons we need to safe our country but not in such amount that the number of atom bomb is more than 4250 units or like that. I will not say anything about NASA but I will say only the thing always we have to think about our earth, about the people of this earth, not only the people of America. If you think this world is like a family than you will understand How important it is!!! When most of the members of this family are not getting food, cloth, education and health?

    I think only than we can be safer when we can ensure the food, cloth, education and health for each and every member of this earth. Just a simple thinking if everyone get education than nobody will take weapons against you as education learns the speech of peace and to help others.

    Thanks

  • Report this Comment On February 03, 2014, at 12:02 PM, Soulman911 wrote:

    Government is going to do what it wants to do, including slowly kill us all. What's going to happen when American troops have to fire on its own citizens. Will the military wake up and drop their weapons? I don't think so. Stop paying taxes and let the system collapse, it's going to happen anyway whether we want it to or not.

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