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30 Stupid Things The Government Is Spending Money On

If you want to get paid for doing something stupid, just turn to the U.S. government.  The U.S. government is paying researchers to play video games, it is paying researchers to study the effects of cocaine on Japanese quail and it has spent millions of dollars to train Chinese prostitutes to drink responsibly.  The amount of money that the government wastes is absolutely horrifying.  Do you remember all of that political wrangling over the debt ceiling deal last year?  Do you remember how our politicians told us that there were cutting spending as much as they possibly could?  Well, it was all a giant lie.  As you will see below, the U.S. government is spending money on some of the most stupid things imaginable.  What makes all of this even worse is that we are going into enormous amounts of debt in order to pay for all of this.  We are borrowing billions of dollars a day in order to pay for stupid stuff that no government on earth should ever be paying for.  Trust me, you are going to find it hard to believe some of the stuff in this list.  It is almost inconceivable what our politicians are doing with our tax dollars.

The following are 30 incredibly stupid things that the federal government is spending money on….

#1 The U.S. government is spending $750,000 on a new soccer field for detainees held at Guantanamo Bay.

#2 The Obama administration plans to spend between 16 and 20 million dollars helping students from Indonesia get master’s degrees.

#3 If you can believe it, the U.S. government has spent $175,587 “to determine if cocaine makes Japanese quail engage in sexually risky behavior”.

#4 The U.S. government spent $200,000 on “a tattoo removal program” in Mission Hills, California.

#5 The federal government has shelled out $3 million to researchers at the University of California at Irvine to fund their research on video games such as World of Warcraft.  Wouldn’t we all love to have a “research job” like that?

#6 The Department of Health and Human Services plans to spend $500 million on a program that will, among other things, seek to solve the problem of 5-year-old children that “can’t sit still” in a kindergarten classroom.

#7 Fannie Mae is about to ask the federal government for another $4.6 billion bailout, and it will almost certainly get it.

#8 The federal government once spent 30 million dollars on a program that was designed to help Pakistani farmers produce more mangos.

#9 The U.S. Department of Agriculture once gave researchers at the University of New Hampshire $700,000 to study methane gas emissions from dairy cows.

#10 According to USA Today, 13 different government agencies “fund 209 different science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs — and 173 of those programs overlap with at least one other program.”

#11 A total of $615,000 was given to the University of California at Santa Cruz to digitize photos, T-shirts and concert tickets belonging to the Grateful Dead.

#12 China lends us more money than any other foreign nation, but that didn’t stop our government from spending 17.8 million dollars on social and environmental programs for China.

#13 The U.S. government once spent 2.6 million dollars to train Chinese prostitutes to drink responsibly.

#14 One professor at Stanford University was given $239,100 to study how Americans use the Internet to find love.

#15 The U.S. Postal Service spent $13,500 on a single dinner at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse.

#16 The National Science Foundation once spent $216,000 to study whether or not politicians “gain or lose support by taking ambiguous positions”.

#17 A total of $1.8 million was spent on a “museum of neon signs” in Las Vegas, Nevada.

#18 The federal government spends 25 billion dollars a year maintaining federal buildings that are either unused or totally vacant.

#19 U.S. farmers are given a total of $2 billion each year for not farming their land.

#20 The U.S. government handed one Tennessee library $5,000 for the purpose of hosting a series of video game parties.

#21 A few years ago the government spent $123,050 on a Mother’s Day Shrine in Grafton, West Virginia.  It turns out that Grafton only has a population of a little more than 5,000 people.

#22 One professor at Dartmouth University was given $137,530 to create a “recession-themed” video game entitled “Layoff”.

#23 According to the Heritage Foundation, the U.S. military spent “$998,798 shipping two 19-cent washers from South Carolina to Texas and $293,451 sending an 89-cent washer from South Carolina to Florida”.

#24 The U.S. Department of Agriculture once shelled out $30,000 to a group of farmers to develop a tourist-friendly database of farms that host guests for overnight “haycations”.

#25 The National Institutes of Health paid researchers $400,000 to find out why gay men in Argentina engage in risky sexual behavior when they are drunk.

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

#27 The National Institutes of Health loves to spend our tax money on really bizarre things.  The NIH once spent $800,000 in “stimulus funds” to study the impact of a “genital-washing program” on men in South Africa.

#28 According to the Washington Post, 1,271 different government organizations work on government programs related to counterterrorism and homeland security.

#29 The U.S. government spent $100,000 on a “Celebrity Chef Fruit Promotion Road Show in Indonesia”.

#30 The feds once gave Alaska Airlines $500,000 “to paint a Chinook salmon” on the side of a Boeing 737.

How in the world can our government be so foolish?

Anyone that claims that there is not a lot of stuff that can be cut out of the federal budget is lying to you.

All of this crazy spending is going to get us into a massive amount of trouble eventually.  Already, on a per capita basis the U.S. national debt is worse than the national debts of Greece, Italy, Ireland, Portugal and Spain.

We have accumulated the biggest debt in the history of the world and we are adding to it at a rate of about 150 million dollars an hour.

Our politicians strut around as if they are the smartest and wisest leaders in the history of the world, but the truth is that someday people will look back in horror at the decline of our once great society.

The federal government needs to stop spending so much money on stupid things and needs to stop pushing our national debt to nightmarish new levels.

Unfortunately, the corruption in Washington D.C. is so deep and so pervasive that it is going to be almost impossible to turn it around.

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  • mark

    The government will not change. It is just to large. The corruption and stupidity combined with departments doing the sames things is normal for these people. The only way to fix some of the problems is to shrink the size and scope of government. Let’s go back to what our Founding Fathers had in mind.

  • http://lastdayrapture.blogspot.com/ TK

    Wow, now that is how you run up a debt!

  • Hefsmaster

    18. The federal govt. spends 25 billion a year maintaining unused or empty buildings.

    My 20 years of conspiracy research and subsequent awakening regarding our nations intentional destruction brought me to my midlife crisis… Which led me to buying a school… for 12,000 dollars.

    44,000 sq. ft and 8 acres of end time preparation…. ( and a hell of a lot of fun in the meantime! )

    Cookie monster not invited….

  • mondobeyondo

    I can’t believe my tax dollars are actually funding this stuff. Every American ought to be outraged. Remember this when April 15th rolls around.

    • Adina

      Nothing we can do about it, what do you suggest?

  • mondobeyondo

    Might as well throw in some old classics, like the “bridge to nowhere” in Alaska, the modern airport in Montana that serves a town of 28 people, or the infamous study about what causes lab rats to get fat (turns out it’s from lack of exercise).

    * the first example actually is real!

    • Darryl Phillips

      The “bridge to nowhere” isn’t. In Alaska most transportation is by small aircraft and the bridge was/is between the town and the airport. True, nobody lives on the airport, but it is just like an overpass where nobody lives either. Please don’t blame the bridge to nowhere!

      • knightowl77

        I’ve been there, the residents can and do use the ferry to get to the airport….Why should taxpayers in Oklahoma or New York or Arizona be paying for bridges in Alaska, when the state has so much money that instead of collecting state income taxes they actually send each resident a check? This is why we hate the morons in DC.

        • Dangfitz

          …especially when it was a quarter of a billion dollars, as a starting figure. If history is any guide it would have been anywhere from 2 to 6 times that.

  • William

    This is chump pocket change compared to the cost of inept and incompetent and lazy Civil Service workers who are essentially immune to being fired, even for cause. I have a brother in law who retired as a GS 14. He had nothing to do at work, and took magazines and newspapers to the office to read. That is a hard fact. Multiply that by hundreds of thousands, and you can see why America is dying. The federal work force could be cut by 35% with NO reduction in real productivity of anything these worthless cretins are supposed to do. The bloated staff at TSA is a PRIME example of corruption through imcompetence going wild.

    • knightowl77

      Don’t usually agree with you, but on this we have common ground.

    • Dangfitz

      I agree wholeheartedly, and I usually don’t bust people on spelling or grammar, but I have a short list of words you absolutely have to type correctly. “Incompetence” is one.

  • REED RICHARDS

    Michael,

    SEE BILL MAHER ON HOW TO BALANCE THE ASYLUM STATES FEDERAL BUDGET:

    I did the math. Cutting out every single one of the items you cited about will only have a cost savings of 32,181,939,769.00 or 32.2 billion. If the GDP cited for amerika is correct at 15 trillion (which in my view it is not) then saving 32.2 billion out of a 15 trillion dollar economy will make no difference. This is akin to the Bill Maher analogy: Going after the parsley of social spending hoping to balance the budge while not touching the social security and medicare portion (macaroni and cheese) and not touching defense spending (two gigantic chicken breastS). Even if you cut every single dime for food stamps, unemployment checks, and other social spending in the form of handouts to the poor and dying middle class you will never balance amerika’s budget, not without touching defense spending, social security or medicare……………..

    • Jonathan

      Actually your analogy is incorrect. Medicare/Medicaid accounts for 23% of the Federal budget, Social Security for 20% and DoD for 19%. That would make Medicare/Medicaid and Social Security the 2 huge chicken breasts and DoD the side.

  • justadad

    You left off the top three
    The Department of Energy
    The Department of Commerce
    and the uh …
    the uh …
    I’ll remember it in a minute.

    • http://lastdayrapture.blogspot.com/ TK

      Ha ha ha ha, hehehe, I laugh really hard every time I get reminded about that debate!

    • REED RICHARDS

      justadad,

      I know, cut all federal aid to the asylum state of Texas…..

      • knightowl77

        Just eliminate Federal aid PERIOD….the concept of sending money to DC so they can parcel it back out is ludicrous….

        Mandatory (entitlements & interest payments) spending alone now exceeds ALL tax receipts without a dime spent on defense or welfare or all the crap listed above….to spend money on those items we borrow every penny.

        and yet the only one of these programs the Federal Gov’t is actually mandated (by the Constitution) to spend money is DEFENSE

  • Groener

    Spending millions to bring Indonesian students to US to study? That’s Obambi’s way of paying his debt to Soetoro.

  • Gay Veteran

    And The Number ONE Stupid Thing The Government Is Spending Money On”

    empire abroad and the national security/surveillance state at home

    our war of aggression against Iraq will ultimately cost us over $2-3 TRILLION

  • Piglet

    [#23 According to the Heritage Foundation, the U.S. military spent "$998,798 shipping two 19-cent washers from South Carolina to Texas and $293,451 sending an 89-cent washer from South Carolina to Florida".]

    – This was probably due to airlifting the “cargo” via C-17 aircraft from Charleston AFB, SC, to Texas and Florida. Most people would be astounded at how much it costs per hour to operate aircraft, and we are flying things all over the world every day.

    • ParanoidPeter

      I might be the dumbest dude on the block but what the heck is a 19-cent washer

      • old1

        A penny with a hole drilled in it!

      • Common Sense

        Hey ParanoidPeter. A washer is a flat object with a hole in the middle usually. Most of the time used on a nut or bolt. DO YOU KNOW WHAT THOSE ARE? IF NOT MAYBE WE COULD GET YOU ELECTED……….Don’t feel bad. If Common Sense was so Common then more people would have it!

    • Helix

      Don’t they have machine shops in TX and FL?

      Oh, wait. I forgot. We don’t teach our kids how to make washers anymore. We’re too busy teaching them “Consumer Science”.

  • i’vegivenup

    #31 Stop giving pensions and full benefits to members of Congress when they “retire” (like they ever work in the first place). Let the do-nothings fend for themselves!

    • Helix

      Agreed. They can contribute to a 401K or 403B while they’re in office. Like the rest of us if we’re lucky enough to have a job with any kind of retirement plan at all.

    • David Mowers

      Amazingly everyone wants to argue the ten or thirteen grand a year SS recipients will get while ignoring the federal funds and tax exemptions given to colleges and the outrageous pensions offered to faculty supported by federal taxpayers. 13 compared to a national average of 400 thousand a year per person.

  • BenjiK

    While the sexual results were inconclusive in the Japanese quail study, it did prove that the quail with the cocaine was definitely the most popular bird at the party……

    • Chris

      I lol’d

  • Eisenkreutz

    Any government is a giant cumulonimbus cloud of stupidity, incompetence, greed and corruption. “efficient government” is an oxymoron. Cutting the size of government is the only solution. RIP Breitbart “BEHAAAAAVE YOURSELF!”

    • http://lastdayrapture.blogspot.com/ TK

      Amen! Preach it!

    • knightowl77

      Amen, RIP Breitbart…

      Vote Ron Paul

    • Helix

      I disagree. A government really is a reflection of the will of the people. If you demand good government, you get it. If not, you get what we have now.

      While rot may start at the top, we have collectively allowed it to percolate down through all levels of society. We’re getting what we deserve.

      • Becca’s Cousin

        We the people aren’t even sheep anymore. We don’t even bleat. The Founders designed the Republic for a Moral Society. The Liberals are Liberal in name only. Really, have you ever met a less liberal bunch. They do not liberally give anything that is good or kind, they only Liberally Mock that which is good. Political Correctness has eaten the heart out of our great Nation. The Current President cannot appear anywhere where a cross is present. Is he a vampire? The Founding Fathers gave us the guarantee in the Constitution that “We The People” would be able to keep ALL of our God Given Rights.
        Rights too numerable to list in the Bill of Rights. (which is why they didn’t, at first, want to write down our rights in the Bill) Our Founding Fathers were once afraid that if they wrote down some of our rights in the Bill of Rights, some awful future day would come and some stupid and vindictive Congress or Senate would come and would say that those rights that were written down were the ;only rights that We the People had. Or worse, What if they decided that the rights weren’t God given, but were Government Endowed and that they could be legislated, messed with, or even taken away? Well, folks, Sorry to say it, But those days have come and gone, and may come again. They came in with Obama’s monster Senate and Filibuster proof Congress and they are re- writing history, our laws and the way our Government Process works every day.
        Why in Florida, There is retroactive Birth Control. That means, if the mother doesn’t want the child, it’s legal to murder it. What have we come to? How can we call ourselves decent if we can murder infants?
        We are supposed to be a Nation that has the Right of Freedom OF Religion. That means that We the People may choose whichever Religion we desire for ourselves, and our Government will not choose one for us. It certainly does NOT mean that our Government will Banish Religion. Our Government Began long ago with people fleeing to America because of Religious persecution. The right we have is Freedom Of Religion, Not Freedom From Religion. We who are Believers do Not push our beliefs on others, so please, Those of you who do not believe in anything, Don’t mess it up for us. Look the other way if you see the occasional cross, or crucifix, or hear a religious song. Will it really harm your precious ears to hear the name of Jesus? Our Nation is falling down around our ears, and Jesus didn’t do it, a bunch of Godless fiends did, so let’s think of ways to get out of the mess.
        I have ideas, but I have work to do now so, look for my next missive.

  • http://donrumps@yahoo.com Don

    EARMARKS, when do we stop them?. Whan we vote every member on congress out of office both the house and senate.

  • http://goto.glocalnet.net/pdn/ Urtica dioica

    The U.S government spending on tattoo removals sounds like a great idea though.

    • giuseppe847

      That was only for one NBA player!

  • Cinderella Man

    Damn, I wish I could think of something stupid to get paid for!!! Michael youre spot on about the farmers getting paid not to use their land. The CRP program has been a pain in our ass for some time now. I get so irritated at seeing the big ranches and farms getting a fat welfare check from the govt. in CRP payments. Is BS! They should have to scratch a living off the land just like we have to!! But their time is coming to an end cause the gravy train with biscuit wheels is coming to a halt at the end of this year. As Carlito would say “Here comes da pain!!” In Jan. 2013 if the earth hasnt changed poles and mutant zombies arent running the planet the tax armegeddon will hit us. No CRP, no more earned income credit, no more 15% tax on capital gains, and so on. We will see what the poor Greek bastards are going through! Austerity will be a new living hell we have to live through!!!

    • http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/otep/smashthecontrolmachine.html SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE

      WHY DO FARMERS HAVE A BIG CURVE IN THEIR CAPS??ITS FROM LOOKING IN THE MAIL BOX FOR THAT FARM SUBSIDY CHECK!!!!!AND THEN THEY BITCH ABOUT ALL THE PEOPLE ON WELFARE!!!!

      • http://www.facebook.com/joe.ensminger.10 Joe Ensminger

        They also arent allowed to sell their product on the open market but are rather forced to sell at prices determined by the govt. I agree with killing almost every subsidy known to man but I also think the system is set up to make farming impossible for anything other than mega corp farming through legislature put forth by the mega farms themselves. There are a lot of issue in agriculture that need addressing but I seriously doubt you know any farmers or you would know the crown in their caps is from fidgetting wtih it due to stress.

    • jaxon64

      Here in Maryland they actually pay farmers not to grow tobacco. I guess the Govt must have done a billion dollar study and found out that 5 years of costs for treating the smoker’s cancer is more expensive than 30 years of Social Security and Medicare expenses.
      However, back to the subject of the ex-tobacco farms- guess what they are growing instead for massive govt subsidies? That’s right, corn for ethanol !! The idiocy of our govt would be almost comical to observe if we could act as unaffected, neutral observers.
      Anyone wanna discuss the horrible failure of every aspect of the ethanol program? ( I bet their incorrect studies probably cost a few tens of billions also).

      • Helix

        Just means that the Dept. or Ag has been captured by the Farm Lobby. Nothing new here. Just add it to the list headed by the Bank Lobby, the Healthcare Lobby, the Education Lobby, etc.

  • Virginia

    They create these jobs for people with “higher degrees.” You make 6 digits and do absolutely nothing of any real significance by running computer programs that come up with statistical data that doesn’t amount to a hill of beans in the large scheme of things.

    • http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/otep/smashthecontrolmachine.html SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE

      THAT’S WHY WE CALL THEM BEAN COUNTERS!!!!IF WE HAD A FLAT TAX WHAT WOULD ALL THE ACCOUNTANTS DO???HOW MANY JOBS COULD BE CUT FROM STATE AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT!!!!IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN WITHOUT A CRASH!

      • Helix

        Nor will it happen with a crash. There is absolutely no way that people of means will allow their dividend checks and capital gains to be taxed at the same rate as earned income. Come what may, labor will continue to be taxed into subsistence, while capital will continue its free ride.

  • Janice McDowell

    When you talk about cutting social security, please keep in mind – THIS IS NOT WELFARE AND THIS IS NOT AN ENTITLEMENT! I spent 40+ years paying MANDATORY social security and my employers paid a matching amount. If you want to cut out social security, return MY money, with interest, to me – keep the employers’ share if you must but return my money. Cut out Congress social security, which taxpayers pay, and cut out all their pensions but do not think I will stand by while you take away my money. Cut out Medicare – but when you do make sure you cut out Medicaid also and along with that all the welfare for which I have paid for with my taxes. Better yet – CUT OUT CONGRESS which is a cancer in America. Let Fannie Mae fall, let the banks fall.

    • Patricia Ford

      Right on. Also eliminate our tax dollars to the National Endowment for the Arts.

      • Dangfitz

        I’d be good with that. Return all the money, and end the program. You could fund it by selling off real estate; the federal government owns 33%+ of all the land in the United States.

    • bullsheet

      Sorry to break it to you, but contrary to popular belief, social Security does not go to any fund. It is not saved anywhere, neither does it gain any interest. It is included in the general fund and is spent at the feds discretion. “Benefits ” are paid as any government expenditureout of the main budget. It is not a savings plan, it is a tax on individuals and businesses and pays like any other welfare program. You will never live long enough to collect what you “paid into” and when you die no sum will be passed along to anybody for it never existed to begin with. It has already been spent.! You have been lied to your whole life.have a nice re retirement

      • Marybeth Charania

        say what? you will never live long enough to get back what out paid in?

    • mark

      im only 13 but i agree

    • Joshua

      Social Security would be great if only those who put money into it got money out of it. You Janice deserve money from social security, but for the grand scale of America the program is detrimental.

      • David Mowers

        Social Security doesn’t pay out to non-contributors and never has except for those who retired immediately after the program started.

  • EgyptianFishMan

    The world is a science project, an experiment. Test after test, the world government is preparing a new system that will be good for everyone who isn’t an malevolent ****************.

  • Dave

    Ok I’ll admit that some of this is true, but why have you not talked about the ridiculous salary of sports players? The government isn’t the only big spender in our country.

    • Dangfitz

      But the sports players aren’t taking our money at gunpoint. The IRS does. The key difference is that – outside of subsidies for sports stadiums, where politicians take money from you and your children and give it to billionaire team owners – the money that sports figures get is given to them voluntarily.

    • Kylie

      A ridiculous amount of money goes from consumers pocket to theirs. It’s not the governments fault we put high value on sports. If no one watched the games, bought the merchant, etc they would not get paid that much.

  • Dan

    I’ve got a gay friend who wants to know more about signing up for that genital washing program.

  • Ronrico

    It would be nice to see which congressmen sponsored and voted for these bills. That would bring it to a realtime personal level where we as citizens might have some control over these expenditures.

    • Helix

      It’s all public record. Not that anyone bothers to check…

  • Harris Klein

    None of this surprises me as I have seen others about as dumb However, this is a great list to show to some of our newer canduidates for federal offices. Yes, this is dumb and dumber.

  • old1

    31. We The People in 2008 elected a foreigner that turned out to be a Communist Muslim that handed out forged Birth Certificates and Selective Service Registration cards to try to show he could be considered an American when in reality he was born a British Subject and can never be considered Natural Born so is Constitutionally eligible to serve as our President although he currently still illegally sleeps in our White House every night. NOW THAT IS STUPID!

    • old1

      OOPS! Ineligible!!!

  • steve

    everybody who protests these nutty spending sprees of the govs, do not file your taxes under protest of wasteful spending of your taxes.
    See how many of us gets thrown in Ovomit’s prisons.

  • steve

    We are flying a few planeloads of Ovomit’s family, secret service agents, doctors, dentists, beuticians, chefs, etc,etc,etc,from the mainland to Hawaii on a regular basis. Maybe they can figure out how to take a few extra washers along in case something needs fixing.

  • jimbo

    FIRE ALL THEIR ASS’S. VOTE THESE FACIST NAZIS OUT OF OFFICE! ALL OF THEM. ITS THE ONLY WAY~!

  • Hank H

    We pay the fox to guard the henhouse. The rule makers get all the perks. Almost all are whores (do me a favor and I’ll do some thing for you.) washington is corrupt
    Oh Hell! does anyone know of some shang gra la anywhere where there are NO politicians, minimal laws, big banks, corporate personhood, cafo’s, GMO’s, mega pharmaceutical/drug cartels,( the sickness industry wrongly called health.)
    Come light up with me and discuss a sane lifestyle.

  • Leslie

    They are deliberately doing this to funnel the money out of our pockets, they already have more $ then imaginable, $ really isn’t that enticing to them anymore. Power is all they are after and they are doing a dam good job at taking ours away.

    I have to comment on the social security issue. This always get’s me.
    They have been robbing that fund every year since Regan to pay down the deficit, this fund was never supposed to be used this way, it is for the people paying into it. Honestly this fund needs to be handled privately out of the reach of the fed Gov, (of course how to do that and not end up with the same situation as the fed reserve I don’t know). Between the principle and the interest lost on the principle, this fund should have a huge surplus balance w/o risk of ever running out of funds like they keep talking about.
    Social Security should never have had the hands of the Fed Gov using funds except to pay the checks out to the people who had paid into it.
    My friends husband works for the Post Office and he says they even came along and all the $ they had set aside for the Postal employee’s retirement the Gov came along and combined it with Social Security, so now no more retirement for postal workers, they get social security like everyone else.

    • Helix

      Re: Honestly this fund needs to be handled privately

      You mean, by the likes of MF Global? Or would you prefer JP Morgan?

    • https://twitter.com/TheMissesHelp The Misses

      Yes, the power to continue funneling money to “Friends” of their cause. And when those friends are elected, they’ll have even more power to continue this pyramid scheme. Yes, that’s a pun.

      twitter @theMissesHelp

  • Ron

    Interesting and eye opening article.
    can you elaborate on the source of the information.
    Thx

  • http://stopneocons.bravejournal.com Winston Smith

    #5 The federal government has shelled out $3 million to researchers at the University of California at Irvine to fund their research on video games such as World of Warcraft. Wouldn’t we all love to have a “research job” like that?

    -a lot of this is to dumb down people to get them used to joining military and killing. A lot of video games developed by the Defense industry. During Vietnam, they did studies and determined that in the past, most soldiers either did not fire weapons when they could or did not fire directly at people, either consciencoulsy or sub-con. The question then became “how do we get them to lower their natural inhibitions about killing their fellow human beings”, profoundly against our nature. ANswer among many, evolution teaching and things like video games, where life is so real to players, they think-hey, a zombie, Afghan civilian-whats the difference…again, this is sub-com mainly. The studies? I was taught this in the police academy…..there was talk of how to train cops to shoot and not think about it, maybe good with a real bad guy, but side effects-we all can imagine….

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.ensminger.10 Joe Ensminger

      What you speak of during vietnam is the reason we use “ivan” to human shaped target for military weapons practice and qualification rather than the simple bulls eye used previously. Its all about conditioning…

  • http://stopneocons.bravejournal.com Winston Smith

    are there a lot of brids getting high on coke? where are they getting it (visualize a bird in darks shades in a back alley). Perhaps, finding out where this possible coke stash is they are getting into may be more beneficial……

  • Jessica

    @Ron
    You can click on all of the hyperlinks and they take you to other sites where the info was gleaned…most take you to other lists of wasteful spending, but in most of those lists are cited references at the bottom.

  • Tom

    Is there a list of sources for this info. I mean all of it is infuriating and ridiculous, but I need to make sure some of these things weren’t taken out of context.

    • Michael

      Just click on the link provided under each data point.

      Michael

  • http://worstthingintheworld.com/ Mandy

    Great idea! Thanks for the suggestion. I’ll be updating the post text and be sure to include it up there, thanks.

  • Andrea

    In response to Heidi, the money Romney is spending is HIS!!! He can do whatever he wants with HIS money! I would probably do the same thing if i was loaded. Why not! Obama is an idiot! My husband and i built our business all by ourselves. Our nest egg, blood, sweat and tears have gone into our business. We get no help. Lets not steal from the rich. Easy solution….lets not waist our tax dollars on clean energy companies that go bankrupt within months. Thanks a lot! Also i would rather not spend 20 million dollars on
    indonesias schooling. I cant even get my Masters degree because i cant afford it! Glad they’re having a great time!

    • BlackBeltHeidi

      For some reason I can’t reply from my facebook account nor can I see my original comment any longer but if you read all the following comments you would see I do NOT support Obama either. The assumption that I support Obama just because I don’t like Romney is exactly that, an assumption. I have two business, one that I have been running for better than 23 years, and at one time my husband and I had three. We built ALL of these on our own as well, without guv assistance. So I agree with you on all that. However, Romney is no better than Obama. This was the point in my original post. He is being backed by the same banking corporations that support Obama. These same corporations also supported Hitler in WW2. Let alone that someone with that kind of money should not need backing by banks nor host campaign dinners at 50,000 a person.

      I cannot support either one of these globalist puppets, nor will I. We do not really have a voice at all, as was proved to any one who was actually paying attention to the teleprompted RNC and DNC events.

      • http://www.facebook.com/joe.ensminger.10 Joe Ensminger

        Preach sister!

  • Josh

    For those of you reading this and wondering, “What can I do?”, just think about this… there is no law in existence that requires an individual to pay the Federal Income Tax and yet “Uncle Sam” is right there taking his cut before you have a chance to spend any of it. So now, here is what you do: Educate yourself! Become a fount of knowledge so that others might learn by your example because let us face it, if we just keep talking about it nothing will ever change.

    Those of you talking about individuals as a benefit or cancer on the US, e.g. past, present, and future presidents, STOP. No one person is ever going to be able to fix the problems that have been allowed to destroy so much of what is truly good about being human and American. What separates us from the rest of the animal kingdom is love, it is time people stopped fighting and started learning how to love again.

    I am an Army veteran myself, I left to join the military when I was very young and still did not understand much of the world. When I returned home, after completing nearly five years of honorable service, I see people doing anything and everything they can do put themselves and their own before everyone else. In this process, we are neglecting a very simple and basic need to communicate, as seen with WikiLeaks and other forms of media: communication, and thus knowledge, is truly power. In presenting a simple idea to someone, with the facts, you can change a person. It is amazing to me how so many people when confronted by death and told they have little time left start doing everything they can to learn about what is healthy for them to eat, what will make them feel better, etc. It is a shame that so many people wait to find out about what makes their life better until death really is knocking.

    All I can say is that the list above covers some interesting talking points but, depending on who you are, it may not cover points that you see as issues. Personally, I believe that we have the government that some previous generation deserved and that through the controlling of media outlets the average US citizen has come to believe that things are the way they are and nothing is going to change. That stance, the understanding, is completely wrong. Anything and everything is subject to change so the fact that people seem to have given up or given in saddens me greatly. A love of money is not love at all, its greed.

    I am neither Democrat nor republican, I am simply human and all I want is to enjoy life. However, if I may point out a sign of the times: could someone explain to me how Romney made over $23million in 2008 but paid roughly $450 total in federal income tax? I just find this funny because I know my mother in law made far less than that but had to pay far more, I guess she didn’t go on enough vacations that she could write off as tax deductions. This is not a shot at Romney, take a minute to actually think about this, the man paid basically nothing in taxes considering he brought in over 23million and yet because of his ability to spend money he was able to keep his money.

    Anyways, if you want something to change then change it. If you see something as being wrong then stand up for what is right. “Give to us clear vision that we may know where to stand and what to stand for—because unless we stand for something, we shall fall for anything.”- Peter Marshall

  • pam

    Hi, First Thank you for your service. Secondly in two months since I became aware of Agenda 21 I have not seen a better post than yours. I printed 500 flyers and pass them out and tell people to tell other people . One person can make a difference.Just wanted to let you know you made me feel less alone with that post. Thanks

  • Ya

    Any cites?

  • http://www.facebook.com/touche37 Samuel Ford

    The nieve ones are those who trully believe that our government is spending that kind of money on these foolish adventures. Just like in the eighties when they were spending $500,000 for a hammer and $800,000 for a screw driver. These are just cover ups for the programs they don’t want you to know about or the programs we trully don’t want to know about. Our government is involeved in so much covert operations be it military or scientific that they can’t just come out and say this is what it is for. We are only fooling ourselves if we think this is what they are trully spendng the money on. The problem is that we don’t really know the truth. That is the scary part.

    • jimmy

      true dat

    • hihihihihi

      you dont have any evidance to support that; you dont even know that to be true, do ya

  • Lucas

    are there any sources you want to site or are we going to take this at face value?

  • Mark in MI

    Best statement I heard in a while – – Congress is the Cancer of America

  • SuperDuperStupidCocky

    we are all being covertly conditioned to do just what we are being digitally programmed for. FOLLOW ORDERS and sacrifice our lives for the wealth of others. we dig the ditches and eat tuna sandwiches and the ceo sits in his comfy leather chair waiting for the gourmet chef to bring in the ceo special. two thousand dollar lunch.
    the machine is too far ahead of us. even if we were to “uprise” or fight the tyranny that our ancestors died to abolish we will be called terrorist’s. a terrorist in america wheres a suit and is protected by the military. the governement is spending us into an economic meltdown and then telling the state wat laws the state will abide by. well sorry feds but the state makes its own laws. dont make us the next egypt

  • SuperDuperStupidCocky

    p.s. dont make the US the next egypt.

  • SuperDuperStupidCocky

    its all just a bunch of bull. the scientist collects $1000 and doesnt have to pass go

  • Eddie

    I really hope this is satyrical.
    #2, #6, #8, and #9 (I stopped reading after that) all have either potential international relation, medical, or environmental benefits.

  • inund8r

    Interesting list. You should know that there is a good reason why the government pays farmers to not farm their land. Anyone heard of the “dust bowl”? By letting their fields lie fallow, farmers not only will have a better crop the next year because of the nutrients that will be added to the soil naturally, but also because that will prevent a second dust bowl. The government is very right to give such money to farmers. You may not know, but farmers actually plant other plants that help the soil during those years they are not planting regular crops.

  • Pr

    How about the hundreds of billions spent on education,health care ,etc on ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS!!!!!!!!!!!

    • May

      Are you Native American? If you aren’t then you’re nothing but an immigrant, too. As were your parents, and grandparents, and great-grandparents. You likely wouldn’t be where you are now if more people had that same attitude. .

      • Stella

        An immigrant is a person who lives in a country that’s not their motherland (that means the country that YOU’RE born in, not your mother!) You don’t know if Pr was born in the U.S. or not, so you cannot presume that he/she is an immigrant. It doesn’t matter where your ancestors are from, the country that you are born in is where you are from.

        Here’s an example:
        My parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and so on, are Swedish. I was born in the U.K., so my nationally is English but my ethnicity is Swedish. I’m Swedish, and I live in the U.K.;however, that does not make me an immigrant. My parents immigrated to London from Stockholm before I was born, so they’re immigrants. Because I was born in London, I have a birth certificate here, a passport here, and all that good stuff. I’m English with Swedish blood.

        Hope I cleared it up!

      • Kylie

        ILLEGAL was the key word…. :p instead of funding non-americans and handing out citizenship like candy they need to set up classes or programs that teach immigrants our history, laws, and English before giving them citizenship and requiring a valid green card before they can take those classes.

  • Slim

    Love this but #15 has nothing to do with tax dollars. The post office is not funded by the government whatsoever. They are only controlled by the government.

  • MalibuJoe

    Silly man! Do you really think the gov’t paid $900K+ to ship a washer? As Tommy Lee Jones says in Men in Black, when asked where the money comes from, “Do you really think the government pays $800 for a hammer?”

  • Yoshi

    Some of these don’t even sound stupid. I think that calling pointless is a big presumption. There must be some benefit on our part or the general planet for some of these. Some of these even I could think of a few reasons for them.

  • Common Sense

    High taxation; Poor representation. Civil liberties whittled away. Bill of Rights? Anybody ever read what the opinions were that brought this country into existence?
    National Debt and wasted government spending. How much is spent on Presidential campaigns every 4 years?
    Would it not make more financial sense to have presidential terms last 6 years and the man could not serve but 1 term?
    At least he wouldn’t be spending the last 2 years of his term trying to get re-elected. Maybe if he knew he could not be re-elected then he might do the right thing instead of worrying about pissin’ people off.
    They are doing pretty good about that if your income is less than 25K a year.
    Does our government need restructure or is it working fine?
    Do away with electoral college vote and go to popular vote.
    Outlaw Lobbyists. It is merely selling our government officials to the highest bidder.

  • jimmy

    is it me or is america turning into the united socialist communistic regime of america

  • michaelrivero

    Or … these are all covers for covert actions against foreign governments. For example, the program to teach Chinese prostitutes to drink responsibly might possibly be a program to recruit those top prostitutes used by Chinese government officials as spies-in-place.

  • David Mowers

    You miss the point of these programs entirely; kick-back fraud. Everyone of these “contracts” is pay-off money by politicians to the sons and daughters of the 1% who paid to get them elected.

    We should just round up and jail all the 8,274 super-rich Americans since it is patently obvious no one makes that kind of money in America without committing political fraud.