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25 Bizarre Examples That Show That The U.S. Government Is Absolutely Brimming With Idiots, Incompetents And Incredibly Corrupt Politicians

If our founding fathers could see us today, what would they think?  Unfortunately, they would probably come to the exact same conclusion that so many of us have come to – the U.S. government is absolutely brimming with idiots, incompetents and incredibly corrupt politicians.  Today it is very rare to come across a politician that still has any integrity left.  Washington D.C. has become such a cesspool that it seems to corrupt even most of the politicians that originally go there with good intentions.  We have created the most complicated government in the history of the world and we have hundreds of thousands of pages of laws, and yet nothing seems to work right.  Our economy is dying, our relationships with the rest of the world are a mess and we have accumulated the largest debt in the history of mankind.  Meanwhile, our politicians openly hand out our money to their friends and to those that have donated money to their campaigns and they waste our money on some of the stupidest things imaginable.  Have we now gotten to the point where our system of government has become so corrupted that it is almost impossible to repair it?

There days is seems as though almost everything our government tries to do is cursed.  Nothing ever seems to turn out the way that it is supposed to.  The more our politicians promise to get spending under control, the more money they seem to waste.  It is almost as if there is a “drought of common sense” in Washington D.C. right now.  Not only can’t our politicians fix our problems – everything that they do only seems to make our problems even worse.

So would it really be so bad if there was a government shutdown for a while?  At least then our politicians would not be able to do any more damage.

New stories of political corruption seem to come out almost daily now.  So many members of Congress are entangled in controversy that it is hard to keep up with it all.  And yet they seem to have no problems with passing endless amounts of onerous new laws that make life even more difficult for all the rest of us.

We have become a society with millions of laws but that is becoming more lawless by the day.  Federal money is flying around everywhere and yet our politicians can’t seem to find anywhere to cut spending.  Incompetence rules in Washington D.C. and yet the American voters seem to keep wanting to reward it.

What in the world is going on out there?

The following are 25 examples that show that the U.S. government is absolutely brimming with idiots, incompetents and incredibly corrupt politicians….

#1 As 2010 came to an end, 96 departing members of the U.S. House of Representatives (most of them Democrats) awarded millions of dollars in extra pay to their staffers and aides as they closed down their offices.  Keep in mind that this was U.S. taxpayer money that was being spent.  The Wall Street Journal described what happened this way….

The 96 lawmakers paid their employees $6.7 million, or 31%, more in the fourth quarter of 2010 than they did, on average, in the first three quarters of the year.

#2 If the new health care law is so great, then why is the Obama administration allowing so many organization to opt out of it?  According to the Department of Health and Human Services, more than 1,000 organizations have received Obamacare waivers so far.

#3 Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida used $15,551 in federal stimulus money to pay two researchers to study how alcohol affects a mouse’s motor functions.

#4 A perfect example that shows just how clueless our leaders are about the deindustrialization of America occurred recently when U.S. Senator John McCain claimed that iPods and iPhones are made in the United States.

#5 Barack Obama recently challenged a group of business and labor leaders to come up with some great ideas for creating more jobs inside the United States on the exact same day that he was pushing hard for Congress to approve the new free trade agreement with South Korea which will send even more of our factories and jobs overseas.

#6 Syracuse professor of psychology Michael Carey received $219,000 in federal stimulus money for a study that examines the sex patterns of college women.

#7 The National Institutes of Health spent approximately $442,340 to study the behavior of male prostitutes in Vietnam.

#8 Our federal tax code has become so riddled with loopholes that many of the largest corporations in the U.S. have figured out how to pay their top executives millions upon millions of dollars in bonuses and still not pay a single dime in income taxes to the U.S. government.

#9 Back in 1913, the federal tax code was a whopping 400 pages long.  If you lived back then, would you have had enough time to read the whole thing?  Perhaps.  Well, today the federal tax code is approximately 70,000 pages long.  Do you think that anyone has ever actually read that thing from beginning to end?

#10 This year, it is estimated that U.S. taxpayers will spend somewhere around 7.6 billion hours preparing their taxes.

#11 1.15 million dollars in federal stimulus funds were allocated for the installation of a new guard rail around the non-existent Optima Lake in Oklahoma.

#12 For the month of February alone, the U.S. government ran a deficit of 223 billion dollars, which was a new all-time record for a single month.

#13 Researchers at the State University of New York at Buffalo received $389,000 in federal stimulus funds to study 100 residents of Buffalo, New York and record how much malt liquor they drink and how much pot they smoke each day.

#14 A total of $3 million has been granted to researchers at the University of California at Irvine so that they can “research” video games such as World of Warcraft.

#15 One dinner cruise company in Chicago, Illinois received nearly $1 million in stimulus funds to combat terrorism.

#16 During Barack Obama’s first two years in office, the U.S. government added more to the U.S. national debt than the first 100 U.S. Congresses combined.

#17 Landon Cox, a Duke University assistant professor of computer science, was awarded $498,000 in federal stimulus money to study Facebook.

#18 The entire U.S. government might shut down because Barack Obama and the Republicans are squabbling over 61 billion dollars in spending cuts that would barely even make a dent in the gigantic budget deficit that we are facing this year.

#19 Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has a track record of incompetence that is so monumental that it is really difficult to even find words to accurately describe it.  Unfortunately, Barack Obama is so incompetent that he actually renominated the guy and our Senators are so incompetent that they actually confirmed him again.

#20 Barack Obama and the Federal Reserve keep trying to convince us all that we are in an economic recovery and yet the number of Americans on food stamps has surpassed the 44 million mark for the first time ever.

#21 The Conservation Commission of Monkton, Vermont recently received $150,000 from the federal government to construct a “critter crossing”.  Thanks to U.S. government money, the lives of “thousands” of migrating salamanders are now being saved.

#22 Approximately $1 million of U.S. taxpayer money has been used to create poetry for the Little Rock, New Orleans, Milwaukee and Chicago zoos.  The goal of the “poetry” is to help raise awareness on environmental issues.

#23 The “entitlement mindset” that permeates not only the U.S. government but also much of the voting public was clearly displayed recently when a union protester in Wisconsin asked a Tea Party activist the following question: “Why do you have a right to your money?”  Of course with politicians such as Howard Dean publicly declaring that it is the “job of the government” to redistribute wealth this is the kind of nonsense that you are going to get.

#24 The budget that the Obama administration has submitted for fiscal 2012 assumes that the U.S. government will bring in about 2.1 trillion dollars in income this year (mostly by taxing all of us), and by 2021 Obama’s budget assumes that the U.S. government will be able to increase that figure to 4.9 trillion dollars.  Can anyone figure out how in the world the U.S. government is going to get over twice as much tax money out of all of us ten years from now?

#25 Barack Obama, the man with “the most important job in the world”, sure does seem to have a lot of free time on his hands.  He recently played his 60th round of golf since becoming president.  Obama has also become the first U.S. president to ever produce his own beer.  Obama certainly does seem to be enjoying the high life right now.  During his first two years in office, Obama enjoyed a total of 10 separate vacations that stretched over a total of 90 vacation days.  Wouldn’t it be great if we all were given that much vacation time?

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  • http://www.planorperish.com Gutter Economist
  • Mark McBee

    “Get a brain MORANS.” Yeah, go #1 USA. hahahaaa.

  • William

    Well, one thing is sure……neither political party has any answers to the nightmare they created. Here is just one example:
    Republicans cut taxes and started an unnecessary war. In previous times when the USA went to war, taxes were increased. Now, Republicans whine about deficit spending just after they extended the Shrub tax cuts for two years, which adds $858 BILLION to the national debt. Yet, these Republicans who drove America into the ditch want to blame Social Security, which is not part of the deficit/debt issue until the $2.6 TRILLION that was stolen from Social Security has been REPAID TO THE SOCIAL SECURITY system.

  • http://www.grandmasdepressionmemories.com/ Leigh Kimmel

    If the leadership of the country does not set a good example and abide by the laws because it’s the right thing to do, the ordinary rank and file will only obey the laws out of fear of getting punished.

  • Tao Jones

    None of this is a result of stupidity or incompetence.

    Think about it: if the events unfolding were a product of simple stupidity or incompetence, then OCCASIONALLY they would make a blunder in favor of the People.

    “Ooops! I guess this new law means more freedom for our constituents! ooops, guess this money we earmarked for the infrastructure actually created new jobs and made the commute better, faster, and safer!”

    Instead, every decision made leads to more tyranny, more taxes, more erosion of civil liberties.

    These people are not stupid, they are COMPLICIT. They willingly dance to the tune being called by our REAL Masters, whomever they turn out to be.

    Stop giving them the benefit of the doubt. They are not stup, they are Evil.

    And they are working like busy beavers to weld the chains around our necks.

    Free your mind!

  • Dan Tanner

    The idiots and incompetents continue to do these things because they never pay a price for their stupidity.

    But that is the stupidity of the sheep, not the crooks who own them.

    In the end, they can do what they want as long as they leave me alone.

  • ChiefThunderbutt

    Reference #25, No president in history took more vacation time than George W. Bush. He took more time off during his first three years than Clinton took during his entire term of office.

  • hipshotpercusion

    “Big dog eats little dog, little dog eats S**t.” Or…”I’ve got mine, piss on you and yours.”

  • A Dodgy Bloke

    As a rule the more complex a system is the more likely it is to fail in unexpected ways. The problem we have is nobody really understands that, ns fewer people in Washington do. An example is the 2000 page health care bill, anybody who expect 2000 pages of regulations will solve anything is either a Madman, or a Fool. My advice is don’t except anybody in DC to solve this as I have said before this is save what you can time, become when this comes apart either you’ll be ready or you will not.

  • smitty

    thats right his real name is barry sotoero and he’s not even eligible to be President.- FACT!

  • http://www.pathtoasia.com rhea

    The country as a whole does have a lot of money. We just have to get some of it back from those who pocketed it in the form of a welfare check from the dumbest man ever to be in the Oval Office.

    “Retire or work in Asia – we can help. http://www.pathtoasia.com/

  • Mary Harden

    Let me see now….. We have a President who is incompetent and Illegal..We have a congress who is brain dead…************* we are drowning instupidity. You are exactly right… Lets find out who is pulling the Puppets strings!!!!!!!!!

  • Alex Wallenwein

    You wrote: “During his first two years in office, Obama enjoyed a total of 10 separate vacations that stretched over a total of 90 vacation days.”
    - Nothing wrong with that. I vote to give him a permanent vacation paid for in full by him.

  • patricia

    how is it that with your list you did not mention TRILLIONS given to and stolen by the banksters…these little wastes on your list are qute and funny but no mention of the real problem…whts uup with that?

  • SiliconJon

    Try nixing the use of fallacies, such as:

    Generalization (tags such as liberal, conservative, progressive, etc)
    Division (all Democrats this, all Republicans that)
    Bandwagon (GO, TEAM GO! What was our purpose again?)
    Appeal to Ridicule, Guilt By Association, and so many more.

    Our current “political” behavior, which should be nothing more than people taking an active part in the system that runs much of their lives, is a buffet and orgy of fallacy. I expect no perfection, but the inverse is what we have, and a great deal of walking down that path is required to get us back inline.

  • Imaplaneiac

    The dude shown in the photo within this article should learn how to spell ” moron ” BEFORE accusing others of being a ” moran “! He, apparently, was educated in one of our fine public schools; staffed by (union) ” teachers ” who couldn’t spell either?

  • http://www.pathtoasia.com rhea

    The problem with politics isn’t the money, it’s the power. As long as politicians have the power to grant favors, exemptions, and business protection, people will find a way to subvert them–if not with money now, then with promises to take care of them later.

    We help Americans find jobs and prosperity in Asia. For details, visit http://www.pathtoasia.com/jobs/

  • Tao Jones

    @ SiliconJon:You said, “Try nixing the use of fallacies, such as:

    Generalization (tags such as liberal, conservative, progressive, etc)
    Division (all Democrats this, all Republicans that)
    Bandwagon (GO, TEAM GO! What was our purpose again?)
    Appeal to Ridicule, Guilt By Association, and so many more.”

    Did you even read the article? Or were you too eager to let everyone know you’re familiar with the concept of logical fallacy?

    This is a list of specific examples of corruption and government bloat. It is (or should be) a very thought-provoking list. I urge you to set your ego aside for the five minutes it would take you to read it in its entirety.

    It should prove instructive for you.

  • http://casescorner.com Dan @ CC.C

    Serious ‘Food For Thought’ …
    When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion … When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing … When you see money flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors … When you see that men get richer by graft and pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you. When you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming self-sacrifice … You Will Then Know, That Your Society Is Doomed.

    and …

    “History Is The Joke Played By The Victors,
    Upon The Vanquished, In Front of An Audience …
    That Dares Not Laugh.”

  • Ken

    It’s already too late. Secession is the last hope for any state.

  • Don

    If I were elected President, during my first six days in office, from my underground command bunker, I would:

    1. Close all 700+ US foreign military bases, and bring all troops home,
    2. End all foreign aid immediately,
    3. End all subsidies to illegal aliens, round them all up, and deport them,
    4. Relocate all US forces to our borders, close them, and open them only to LEGAL access,
    5. End the IRS and personal income tax,
    6. End the FED,
    7. Fire all of the federal Senate and Congress, except for Ron Paul,
    8. Dissolve most of the government alphabet agencies,
    …and that’s just a start.

    On my 7th day in office I would emerge from my underground bunker and be assasinated – most likely by the CIA, the FBI, or some other government agency.

  • Big M

    First off, the fact that the guy with the signs is allowed to reproduce and vote scares the shit out of me. And then . . .

    Let’s drop the “we” when you’re talking about this debt, OK? Nobody outside of DC took out these loans from these crooked banksters, and nobody else directly got the money, much less signed anything agreeing to pay it back. And then . . .

    “It is almost as if there is a “drought of common sense” in Washington D.C. right now.”

    These people know EXACTLY what they are doing. Do not convince yourself otherwise. They are PAID to do these things. Follow the money.

    “Not only can’t our politicians fix our problems – everything that they do only seems to make our problems even worse.”

    Anybody who depends on people in DC to solve their problems is worse than an a**hole. Refer back to “follow the money.” And then . . .

    “So would it really be so bad if there was a government shutdown for a while? At least then our politicians would not be able to do any more damage.”

    Now, this one, I couldn’t agree with more. Why don’t we shut it down forever? STOP VOTING! And then . . .

    “Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has a track record of incompetence that is so monumental that it is really difficult to even find words to accurately describe it. Unfortunately, Barack Obama is so incompetent that he actually renominated the guy and our Senators are so incompetent that they actually confirmed him again.”

    It’s too bad that even now, you can’t recognize that incompetence by Bernanke and his bankster buddies is played up by the media so that you’ll hopefully not see that they are actually crooks who know exactly what they are doing. How clueless are you people? Every time that they pull off an instance of their famous “incompetence,” they and all of their cronies become richer. Is that what you call “incompetence?” They paid themselves 150 billion in bonuses, after getting their paid-for treasonous puppets in Congress to shovel most of the money in the country to them. Do you call that “incompetence?” Osama Blackbush got more money from Wall Street than from anybody else. So why in Hell are you surprised that he nominated/renominated the guy(s) that he was paid to nominate/renominate? And why are you surprised that the same f***stains in Congress who were paid off to hand the banksters all of that money would confirm/reconfirm the people who the banksters paid them to confirm/reconfirm? And why in Hell do you think that all of this is because of “incompetence?”

    Are you sure that the author of this piece wasn’t the guy with the signs?

  • C. Racine

    Seems everyone is bent on gloom and doom and spreading fear around much the same as conventional media.

    You can agree with that opinion, create that reality for yourself and you are playing right into the politicians hands.

    As you are paralyzed with fear and hoplessness, into believing you can do nothing about it, they have already won.

    They already have you under control and determine what they will lead you into…

    Lies, lies, and more illusions.
    Game over. They win—You lose again.
    How does it feel being totally focused on what you don’t want?

    You deserve to get exactly that.
    What a bunch of losers!

  • http://hotmail.com Larry Velasco

    Barry Soetoro Hussein, AKA, Barrack Hussein Obama is, in my opinion, a fraud, fake, taker, non-American, moron, racist LIAR. He is dumber than Bush 2 and Jimmie Carter. He is a BAD person. Not just ordinarrily bad. He is a threat to this country. General Electric is a bad company. Kaiser is a bad company. These guys have to be EXPOSED. We have to take back this country. No more IMMIGRATION at all. TSA is crooked corrupt. When will people learn that? Concerned AMERICAN, LV.

  • http://www.latinosfedtx.org Juan Reynoso

    AMERICANS FOR HONEST GOVERNMENT
    https://www.teapartypatriots.org/
    http://grassrootstexans.net/pages/home/
    July 4th, 2011
    Fellow Americans, we have come to the cross roads, one leads to Freedom and the other one to Slavery. We must decide the path of our future, Freedom or Slavery.
    This is the truth, for years we have two main political parties, Democrats and Republicans both Parties violated our constitution, our rights and liberty, they trash the rule of law, pass legislations that are in violation of our Constitution, they are the promoters of Globalization, free Trade, the invasion of illegal aliens, the establishments of sanctuary cities, the eradication of our Judea Christian religion, Patriotism and American values. Fellow Americans, A true nation is held together not by any political creed but by patriotism, as true Americans we must stand against the slavery of the American people. President Obama, the puppet of the New World elite, the promoters of the one world order; is transforming our country into a Socialist Marxist political state. Obama in the name of social justice, is destroying our country and transforming the middle-class and the poor in to economic slaves, controlled by their political ideology of distribution of wealth.
    Fellow Americans, for two centuries Americans have died for our values and freedom, we are not born to be economic slaves or to be force into a communist type of Government. Our funding fathers give us the right of self determination and the right to work to be the best we can be, to contribute to the economic and welfare of our families. Our Constitution do not allowed Obama and his Socialist Democrats, to take our money and ruin our future by expending trillions of Dollars that we the American taxpayers will be obligate to pay. Obama, during the 30 months that he is the White House, he expended 5.3 trillions Dollars and do not accomplished any thing; Obama and the Socialist Democrats expending frenzy are destroying our country’s economy.

  • Dude

    There are a few good points on this
    article but then it has an obvious Libertarian propaganda in it. The major
    problems in the USA happens with corporation and not just unions (yes they have
    problems but they are not the major ones in the US). We need to break up their monopolies
    and break them all up into small business and put heavy restrictions to prevent
    monopolies in corporation from happening again, monopolies are not capitalism but sends a capitalism towards a Soviet Union dictatorship with few friends helping other friends get the top positions and the most money (also destroy the whole global trade pact cause it is just slavery in other countries). Next we need to work on fixing
    and also providing Unions into all major business, the people need a voice and
    as individuals it doesn’t work but together they resonate. Finally we need to
    rest our government and reformat it towards less restriction on the majority
    of USA citizens and more penalties and extremely heavy penalties toward the
    people in power for the reason that a corrupt Politician can cause a lot more
    trouble then a drugged up loser.

  • Tony

    I can’t agree more. My experience with social security has confirmed that government bureaucrats are incompetent if not crooked.