60 Completely Outrageous Ways The U.S. Government Is Wasting Money

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60 Completely Outrageous Ways The U.S. Government Is Wasting Money - Photo by Little Mountain 5Is there anyone better at wasting money then the U.S. government?  Despite the sequester and all of the talk about “deep cutbacks”, the federal government continues to waste money in some of the most outrageous ways imaginable.  For example, does the U.S. government really have to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to study the size and shape of the reproductive organs of ducks?  Does the U.S. government really have to spend 1.5 million dollars to study why so many lesbians are overweight?  There is so much waste that could still be cut out of the federal budget, and yet the very small sequester cuts that just happened are being described as “catastrophic” by many of our politicians.  But you know what?  The federal government will still spend more money in fiscal year 2013 than it did in fiscal year 2012 even after the sequester cuts are factored in.  So if this is how much whining our politicians will do even though government spending is still going up, what would they do if we were actually forced to start living within our means at some point?  That is something to think about.  In any event, please show this article to anyone that believes that the U.S. government is actually “tightening the belt”.  Sadly, the truth is that the federal government is still wasting our money in some of the most frivolous ways that you could possibly imagine.


The following are some of the completely outrageous ways that the U.S. government is wasting money…

#1 The National Science Foundation has given $384,949 to Yale University to do a study on “Sexual Conflict, Social Behavior and the Evolution of Waterfowl Genitalia”.  Try not to laugh, but much of this research involves examining and measuring the reproductive organs of male ducks.

#2 The IRS spent $60,000 on a film parody of “Star Trek” and a film parody of “Gilligan’s Island”.  Internal Revenue Service employees were the actors in the two parodies, so as you can imagine the acting was really bad.

#3 The National Institutes of Health has given $1.5 million to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts to study why “three-quarters” of lesbians in the United States are overweight and why most gay males are not.

#4 The National Institutes of Health has also spent $2.7 million to study why lesbians have more “vulnerability to hazardous drinking”.

#5 The U.S. government is giving sixteen F-16s and 200 Abrams tanks to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt even though the new president of Egypt, Mohammed Morsi (a member of the Muslim Brotherhood), constantly makes statements such as the following

“Dear brothers, we must not forget to nurse our children and grandchildren on hatred towards those Zionists and Jews, and all those who support them”

#6 During 2012, the salaries of Barack Obama’s three climate change advisers combined came to a grand total of more than $370,000.

#7 Overall, 139 different White House staffers were making at least $100,000 during 2012, and there were 20 staffers that made the maximum of $172,200.

#8 Amazingly, U.S. taxpayers spend more than 1.4 billion dollars a year on the Obamas.  Meanwhile, British taxpayers only spend about  58 million dollars on the entire royal family.

#9 During 2012, $25,000 of federal money was spent on a promotional tour for the Alabama Watermelon Queen.

#10 The U.S. government spent $505,000 “to promote specialty hair and beauty products for cats and dogs” in 2012.

#11 NASA spends close to a million dollars a year developing a menu of food for a manned mission to Mars even though it is being projected that a manned mission to Mars is still decades away.

#12 During 2012, the federal government spent 15 million dollars to help Russian weapons institutes recruit nuclear scientists.

#13 Over the past 15 years, a total of approximately $5.25 million has been spent on hair care services for the U.S. Senate.

#14 The U.S. government spent 27 million dollars to teach Moroccans how to design and make pottery in 2012.

#15 At a time when we have an epidemic of unemployment in the United States, the U.S. Department of Education is spending $1.3 million to “reduce linguistic, academic, and employment barriers for skilled and low-skilled immigrants and refugees, and to integrate them into the U.S. workforce and professions.”

#16 The federal government still sends about 20 million dollars a year to the surviving family members of veterans of World War I, even though World War I ended 94 years ago.

#17 The U.S. government is spending approximately 3.6 million dollars a year to support the lavish lifestyles of former presidents such as George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

#18 During fiscal 2012, the National Science Foundation gave researchers at Purdue University $350,000.  They used part of that money to help fund a study that discovered that if golfers imagine that a hole is bigger it will help them with their putting.

#19 The U.S. government is giving hundreds of millions of dollars to the Palestinian Authority every year.

#20 Federal agencies have purchased a total of approximately 2 billion rounds of ammunition over the past 10 months.  It is claimed that all of this ammunition is needed for “training purposes”.

#21 During 2012, the National Science Foundation spent $516,000 on the creation of a video game called “Prom Week” which apparently simulates “all the social interactions of the event.

#22 If you can believe it, $10,000 of U.S. taxpayer money was actually used to purchase talking urinal cakes up in Michigan.

#23 When Joe Biden and his staff took a trip to London back in February, the hotel bill cost U.S. taxpayers $459,388.65.

#24 Joe Biden and his staff also stopped in Paris for one night back in February.  The hotel bill for that one night came to $585,000.50.

#25 If you can believe it, close to 15,000 retired federal employees are currently collecting federal pensions for life worth at least $100,000 annually.  That list includes such names as Newt Gingrich, Bob Dole, Trent Lott, Dick Gephardt and Dick Cheney.

#26 The U.S. Department of Agriculture has spent $300,000 to encourage Americans to eat caviar.

#27 The National Institutes of Health recently gave $666,905 to a group of researchers that is conducting a study on the benefits of watching reruns on television.

#28 The National Science Foundation has given 1.2 million dollars to a team of “scientists” that is spending part of that money on a study that is seeking to determine whether elderly Americans would benefit from playing World of Warcraft or not.

#29 The National Institutes of Health recently gave $548,731 to a team of researchers that concluded that those that drink heavily in their thirties also tend to feel more immature.

#30 The National Science Foundation recently spent $30,000 on a study to determine if “gaydar” actually exists.  This is the conclusion that the researchers reached at the end of the study….

“Gaydar is indeed real and… its accuracy is driven by sensitivity to individual facial features”

Here are 30 more examples of outrageous government waste from one of my previous articles entitled “Chimps Throwing Poop And 29 Other Mind Blowing Ways That The Government Is Wasting Your Money“…

#1 In 2011, the National Institutes of Health spent $592,527 on a study that sought to figure out once and for all why chimpanzees throw poop.

#2 The National Institutes of Health has spent more than 5 million dollars on a website called Sexpulse that is targeted at “men who use the Internet to seek sex with men”.  According to Fox News, the website “includes pornographic images of homosexual sex as well as naked and scantily clad men” and features “a Space Invaders-style interactive game that uses a penis-shaped blaster to shoot down gay epithets.”

#3 The General Services Administration spent $822,751 on a “training conference” for 300 west coast employees at the M Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

The following is how the Washington Post described some of the wasteful expenses that happened during this “conference”…

Among the “excessive, wasteful and in some cases impermissable” spending the inspector general documented: $5,600 for three semi-private catered in-room parties and $44 per person daily breakfasts; $75,000 for a “team-building” exercise — the goal was to build a bicycle; $146,000 on catered food and drinks; and $6,325 on commemorative coins in velvet boxes to reward all participants for their work on stimulus projects. The $31,208 “networking” reception featured a $19-per-person artisanal cheese display and $7,000 of sushi. At the conference’s closing-night dinner, employees received “yearbooks” with their pictures, at a cost of $8,130.

You can see some stunning pictures of GSA employees living the high life in Las Vegas right here.

#4 Do you remember when credit rating agency Egan Jones downgraded U.S. government debt from AA+ to AA?  Well, someone in the federal government apparently did not like that at all.  According to Zero Hedge, the SEC plans to file charges against Egan Jones for “misstatements” on a regulatory application with the SEC.

Normally, the SEC does not go after anyone.  After all, when is the last time a major banker went to prison?

No, the truth is that the SEC is usually just a huge waste of taxpayer money.  According to ABC News, one investigation found that 17 senior SEC officials had been regularly viewing pornography while at work.  While the American people were paying their salaries, this is what senior SEC officials were busy doing…

One senior attorney at SEC headquarters in Washington spent up to eight hours a day accessing Internet porn, according to the report, which has yet to be released. When he filled all the space on his government computer with pornographic images, he downloaded more to CDs and DVDs that accumulated in boxes in his offices.

An SEC accountant attempted to access porn websites 1,800 times in a two-week period and had 600 pornographic images on her computer hard drive.

Another SEC accountant used his SEC-issued computer to upload his own sexually explicit videos onto porn websites he joined.

And another SEC accountant attempted to access porn sites 16,000 times in a single month.

#5 According to InformationWeek, the federal government is spending “millions of dollars” to train Asian call center workers.

#6 If you can believe it, the federal government has actually spent $750,000 on a new soccer field for detainees held at Guantanamo Bay.

#7 The U.S. Agency for International Development spent 10 million dollars to create a version of “Sesame Street” for Pakistani television.

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

#9 The National Science Foundation spent $198,000 on a University of California-Riverside study that explored “motivations, expectations and goal pursuit in social media.” One of the questions the study sought an answer to was the following: “Do unhappy people spend more time on Twitter or Facebook?”

#10 The federal government actually has spent $175,587 “to determine if cocaine makes Japanese quail engage in sexually risky behavior”.

#11 In 2011, $147,138 was given to the American Museum of Magic in Marshall, Michigan.  Their best magic trick is making U.S. taxpayer dollars disappear.

#12 The federal government recently spent $74,000 to help Michigan “increase awareness about the role Michigan plays in the production of trees and poinsettias.”

#13 In 2011, the federal government gave $550,000 toward the making of a documentary about how rock and roll contributed to the fall of the Soviet Union.

#14 The National Institutes of Health has contributed $55,382 toward a study of “hookah smoking habits” in the country of Jordan.

#15 The federal government gave $606,000 to researchers at Columbia University to study how heterosexuals use the Internet to find love.

#16 A total of $133,277 was recently given to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games for video game preservation.  The International Center for the History of Electronic Games says that it “collects, studies, and interprets video games, other electronic games, and related materials and the ways in which electronic games are changing how people play, learn, and connect with each other, including across boundaries of culture and geography.”

#17 The federal government has given approximately $3 million to researchers at the University of California at Irvine to fund their research into video games such as World of Warcraft.

#18 In 2011, the National Science Foundation gave one team of researchers $149,990 to create a video game called “RapidGuppy” for cell phones and other mobile devices.

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

#20 In 2011, $936,818 was spent developing an online soap opera entitled “Diary of a Single Mom”.  The show “chronicles the lives and challenges of three single mothers and their families trying to get ahead despite obstacles that all single mothers face, such as childcare, healthcare, education, and finances.”

#21 The federal government once shelled out $2.6 million to train Chinese prostitutes to drink responsibly.

#22 Last year, the federal government spent $96,000 to buy iPads for kindergarten students in Maine.

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

#24 In 2011, the Air Force Academy completed work on an outdoor worship area for pagans and Wiccans.  The worship area consists of “a small Stonehenge-like circle of boulders with [a] propane fire pit” and it cost $51,474 to build.  The worship area is “for the handful of current or future cadets whose religions fall under the broad category of ‘Earth-based’, which includes Wiccans, druids and pagans.”  At this point, that only includes 3 current students at the Air Force Academy.

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

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

#27 The National Institutes of Health once spent $800,000 in “stimulus funds” to study the impact of a “genital-washing program” on men in South Africa.

#28 The National Science Foundation recently spent $200,000 on a study that examined how voters react when politicians change their stances on climate change.

#29 The federal government recently spent $484,000 to help build a Mellow Mushroom pizzeria in Arlington, Texas.

#30 At this point, China is holding over a trillion dollars of U.S. government debt.  But that didn’t stop the United States from sending 17.8 million dollars in foreign aid to China in 2011.

So what do you think about all of this government waste?

Please feel free to share your thoughts by posting a comment below…

The Truth

  • tesmith47

    the biggest waste of money is fake , bogus wars like Iraq, viet nam , afghanstan, they cost trilloins to fight these wars and trillions more after the war is over!!!!!!

    • Totally right! And lets open our borders, give all new comers free health care plus $10k, and small business loans of $500k! – Have a nice day!

      • tesmith47

        dear John, either you are being silly or disingenuous, either one is stupid.

  • Sean

    What a BS article! Forgot a couple line items there, “Michael”, like 3 billion direct aid to Israel, and the fact that we probably fund their entire military, and we also fight their wars for them.

    • Theres tons more they misssed, but the title is; “Completely OUTRAGEOUES Ways The U.S. Government Is Wasting Money” – We’ll never hear anything about Israel! – Thats a regular thing! – Not considered Outrageous! – LOL

      • Jew from Israel

        Again, for those antisemites who might have missed it:

        We do get aid from the US and many here would like that we dont.

        The “aid” is not “aid”. We agreed that we would not develop our military industry in certain ways and in return for the “aid” we would purchase yearly a certain amount of military equipment from the US (to the tune of the amount of “aid” we are receiving!), ie, we are creating jobs and a market for your military industries and being thwarted from creating our own. You can thank us for some jobs over there.

        In addition this ties our hands when making our own policies and keeps us dependent.

        See the link in the comment by myself at the end of this page.

    • interestedobserver2

      Newsflash there Sean; the Israeli military doesn’t actually need any help fighting their wars. In case you missed it, they’ve won every single one of them over the past 65 years without a single U.S. soldier being involved. Just try to get your facts straight when you go off on your anti-semitic rants.

      • Hammerstrike

        Who gave them the tactics, equippement and technology?

        Who recall what happened in 2006?

        • interestedobserver2

          Really? So any ally of ours that succeeds militarily, it must be because of us? And if that’s the case, how do you explain 1948 and 1956 and 1967 and 1973? Most of their equipment was French or British, or scrounged off the used arms market, and they weren’t an ally of the US (that didn’t happen until the 1980’s). And, BTW, there has never been a training mission to Israel by US forces.

          • Hammerstrike


            This aid have been going on for a while, since the very beginning of israeli independence,
            Already in 1948 israelis had access to machine-guns seized by the US military from the wehrmacht.

            What sort of “allie” tries to sink a US ship in order to involve the US in a war it started?
            What sort of “allie” sold US military technology to China?
            What enemy did the US have in the middle-east back in 1947, beside local communistes?

            No links between the two? Good one!

    • Chiraz

      Sean please open your eyes we have been sending isreal money for years and years do the research and you will find it. We are giving money to everyone. How do you think we stay in business!

    • Jew from Israel

      We do get aid from the US and many here would like that we dont.

      The “aid” is not “aid”. We agreed that we would not develop our military industry in certain ways and in return for the “aid” we would purchase yearly a certain amount of military equipment from the US (to the tune of the amount of “aid” we are receiving!), ie, we are creating jobs and a market for your military industries and being thwarted from creating our own. You can thank us for some jobs over there.

      In addition this ties our hands when making our own policies and keeps us dependent.

      See the link in the comment by myself at the end of this page.

    • Well Sean, I suppose that omission invalidates everything else listed here or at least renders it BS.

  • RJVB

    #19 The U.S. government is giving hundreds of millions of dollars to the Palestinian Authority every year.

    What about the BILLIONS we give to Israel each year. Oh wait, I remember this site supports the Zionists of Israel and all the evil that they do.

    • tesmith47

      and we have been giving Israel billions since 1947!!!!!

      • Jew from Israel

        That’s interesting- Israel has only existed since 1948, so I wonder who the US gave funds to in 1947- I guess the British got it…

        And billions, too!

        • Jew from Israel

          Oh, and aid to Israel only started in the 1970’s…

    • Lol

    • right_wing2

      I’d rather give billions to allies like Israel vs one thin dime to barbarian terrorists like the Paleswine.

  • Tim Martin

    Every last one of these “expenditures” are Un-Constitutional, but apparently, the Constitution is no longer the law of the land. Fraud, waste, abuse and deviancy are the rule of the day here in modern day Gommorah.

    • ty

      why would men over 200 years ago dictate what we do now?

      • Because they obviously had more common sense than the morons who govern today.

      • thomas jefferson

        SOME PEOPLE,studied history 200 years ago and discided eating the kings RATS was BS,when the woods were full of wild game,and they were tired of wearing rags for clothes,SO THEY REBELLED,and said we need something(the us,constitution) that will keep us free from now on, TO BAD AMERICANS CAN’T READ OR THEY’d KNOW what’s happening now and kick the shit out of anyone trying to take their freedom away………………………

    • thomas jefferson

      TIM ,the truth is,they trying to over load the system so bad it crashes from its own weight and then introduce the one world government and have POT CHECKERS AGAIN,RATS FOR DINNER,not good food,LOOK AT THE MIDDLE AGES and realize this is where america is headed again………………………..

  • Jew from Israel

    Just for everyone’s info:

    Yes, we here in Israel receive a lot of “foreign aid” from the US and many of us here wish that we wouldnt! The reason: simple, the aid is not aid. We cut a deal with the US years ago (God only knows why!) that we would not develop certain aspects of our military technology and that we pledged to purchase a certain amount from American companies every year. Guess how much? Yep. Almost exactly the amount we receive in “aid”.

    So we are stuck financing your military industry- many Americans can thank us for their jobs- and we are kept in a state of dependency that keeps our hands tied and unable to freely determine our own policy in certain matters.

    I speak for many: Your aid sucks and you can keep it!

    Read and be astonished:


  • Jew from Israel again
  • Mike Cadwell

    Sean when was the last time we were attacked by Israel? When was the last time we were attacked by Muslims? Israel is surrounded by our enemies and theirs. I say we don’t give them enough to fight these 7th century nut cases. Of course you socialist never did like the Jews did you . That’s why so many have been killed by socialists in the last century. What is it with you leftists why are you in love with the Muslims?

    • Hammerstrike

      When was the last time that isreal was usefull?

      “Israel is surrounded by our enemies”
      Why would they be ennemies in the first place? US support for isreal and saudomite arabia.

      • SearOffYourTongue

        agree. get out of israel and we won’t have enemies there. 2 birds killed with one free stone… BUT THE OIL!!!

        • Jew from Israel

          See above, Oh deceived!

          • Hammerstrike

            So, have the majority of israelis and jews in general helped stop the flow of muzzies to europe, Australia and North America?
            Nope, they haven´t.

        • Hammerstrike

          Oil drilling in North America and Russia, Al Gore says so.

      • Jew from Israel

        You are horribly wrong- why do you think that Obama was attacked by shoes and tomatoes when he went to Ramallah recently? Not because of us here in Israel.

        The arab world hates you, even if we werent around they would hate you. They hate what you represent. Open your eyes before it’s too late.

        The game plan is to first destroy the “Little Satan” (ie, Israel) and then get to the real meat- the “Big Satan” (ie, the US). If you were hated just because of us we would be the “Big Satan” and you would be the “Little Satan”. The big and little dont relate to geographical size, they relate to how satanic you are viewed to be by an average muslim in the Mideast.

        We are holding back the tide- unfortunately you will probably realize that when it is too late for you…

        • Hammerstrike

          Israelis likes him more than any other president?
          Arabs are only a problem in western europe, because of their numbers and because most west europeans are shrivelled ****s themselves.
          So deport all arabs from the US and evacuate US troops from the middle-east, problem solved.

    • tesmith47

      the european jews are the problem, they have picked up the bad behavior and bad habits of the other europeans I.E. invading and stealing other peoples land!!!!!!!

      • Jew from israel

        No one has invaded or stolen anyone’s land here- you need to educate yourself a little better. Check out “History in a Nutshell” or “pallywood” or the book entitled “Battleground” or “From Time Immemorial”.

    • interestedobserver2

      It’s even weirder when you realize that most of the major intellectual leaders in the progressive, socialist and communist movements were all Jews themselves. So liberals get down on Jews because…they don’t like progressives, socialists or communists?!?

      • Jew from Israel

        If people are against the capitalists and antisemitic then the Jews are the evil bankers.

        If people are against the socialists and antisemitic then the Jews are the socialists.

        The truth is that Jews are everything at different times and places, and sooner or later people need to stop using them as scapegoats for all the evils in the world.

        • interestedobserver2


  • Tami Baker

    After reading how grand the government wastes our money, I don’t feel so obligated to pay the Stafford loan back. 2 1/2 years of online classes cost me thousands. My bill is now up to $30,000. I’m unemployed. No one wants to hire a paralegal with no experience. Funny, huh?!!

    • Maybe we should move to China where they sent all our capitalization, and we even paid for the move!?! – The young & the old are screwed here! – I feel your pain and I live it also! – It’s so obvious theres a plan here to destroy this country, and all they need for the icing on the cake is to get our guns! – This country has been Hi-Jacked!

      • tesmith47

        your capitalist friends sent all the jobs there

        • SearOffYourTongue

          lol. i love these half-hearted capitalists. if you want to live by capitalist philosophy, you have to be comfortable with the consequences. personally, i’m comfortable with it.

          • Kk

            You are an idiot go live in a communists country.Move please.

          • Hammerstrike

            If you are comfortable with the consequences of capitalism, you obviously live in a capitalist country. :-)

        • chiraz

          Try the politicians they are the ones that are corrupting our beautiful country, not the Capitalists. The politicians let them get away with it by taking their monies and pushing through legislation for them. If you are going to be pissed off be pissed at the right people.

  • Dave Webb

    Me too! If the government can give away all that money. I just need about 6 or 7 million tax-free dollars. I want a grant to study why cats poop in liter boxes. I should have the entire thing done in about 20 years. Of course a very few cats do not poop in a liter box. Which makes it a scientific necessary study.

    Seriously, all of this money went past the Congress? Are they actually reading what they sign?

    Might be interesting to have a group of names here of representatives giving away money for unusual projects and their reasons why they did it.

    Might have trouble getting the poop on them. (Pardon the pun.) They are unlikely to respond. Something about the 5th Amendment . . .
    Very good article and you found a lot of things I did not know about. That they have the actual nerve to lay people off while they are giving away money is something we all need to be aware of when it comes time to re-elect any of them.

  • Theres nothing here that menitions Oblamas spending on perks of $1.2 billion in his first 4 years! – The dog groomer gets $100k a year!

  • southerngirl

    The bigest waste is what we the people give ob!

  • Israel gets Tons more cash than all these 60 items listed by 10 fold! – You can total this list and its so far short of the amount of money Israel gets from us Tax Payers a month! – We been Hi-Jacked!
    Get ready for the paid trolls!

    • Jew from Israel

      We do get aid from the US and many here would like that we dont.

      The “aid” is not “aid”. We agreed that we would not develop our military industry in certain ways and in return for the “aid” we would purchase yearly a certain amount of military equipment from the US (to the tune of the amount of “aid” we are receiving!), ie, we are creating jobs and a market for your military industries and being thwarted from creating our own. You can thank us for some jobs over there.

      In addition this ties our hands when making our own policies and keeps us dependent.

      See the link in the comment by myself at the end of this page.

  • SearOffYourTongue

    war/defense? medicare? medicaid? social security? your list is just a drop in the bucket in comparison to these behemoths.

  • The people, our US officials should be behind bars with the keys thrown in the Pacific Ocean. Bernie Maudoff was chump change compared to our government thugs.

  • Kritischer_Realist

    America is ruled by purebred socialists. Socialists spend all the money there is to give the people a reason they need to elect socialists: there is not enough money left for the people. The only cure would be the another amendment to the constitution that strictly forbids any “social” form of politics.

  • bubba

    It’s not wasted. It’s all part of the big plan to put ameriKKKa out of business and set up the New World Order. Quite ingenious in an evil way. But you already knew that, right? Right?

  • Sean

    We have been attacked by Israel on at least two confirmed occasions (not including espionage) the lavon affair and the uss liberty incident. I also believe that 9-11 was also an Israeli attack (along with Saudi and us collaboration) I am not a “anti Semite” I am a researcher, give it a try.

    • “Research” from youtube videos made by shape-shifting alien chasers, tends to not be accurate.

  • Jew from Israel

    Why was my comment not posted?

  • Jew from Israel

    OK, I’ll try this again.

    We do get aid from the US and many here would like that we dont.

    The “aid” is not “aid”. We agreed that we would not develop our military industry in certain ways and in return for the “aid” we would purchase yearly a certain amount of military equipment from the US (to the tune of the amount of “aid” we are receiving!), ie, we are creating jobs and a market for your military industries and being thwarted from creating our own.

    In addition this ties our hands when making our own policies and keeps us dependent.

    Look here:


  • Jew from Israel
  • Jew from Israel

    US Aid to Israel Not Worth the ’Real Cost,’ Researcher Says

    by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, INN

    Israel is paying through the nose for US aid and would better off
    without it, says a researcher for the Jerusalem Institute for Market
    Studies (JIMS).

    American aid to Israel to the tune of $3 billion a year has been
    maligned by many U.S. conservatives and by the Arab world, but Israel
    actually loses more than it receives, according to JIMS analyst Yarden

    “U.S. aid is a net loss for Israel and Israel would be better off
    without it,” he concluded in his report, released on Wednesday.

    Gazit explained that the conditions for the military assistance are
    designed to help the American military-industrial complex at the expense
    of the Israeli defense industry.

    One condition of the American aid to Israel is that three-quarters of
    the grant be spent in the United States. “The ‘buy US’ requirement
    causes Israel to buy defense products at a high price, sometimes even
    products Israel may not need,” Gazit wrote. He calculated the loss to
    the Israeli defense industry at $600-750 million per year.

    The use of American materials instead of those from Israel also hurts
    competitiveness in Israel and on the world market, according to JIMS.
    Not using domestic materials for the IDF “hurts Israeli industry’s
    reputation on the international market and may cause a loss of sales,”
    the report added.

    JIMS forecasts that if Israel does not forfeit the American aid, it
    risks losing out on the growing Chinese and Indian market for Israeli
    products. Those countries will be under pressure to shop in the United
    States in light of American economic problems and its bloated federal

    Gazit also pointed out that Israel is forced spend more than
    $3 billion a year to retain a qualitative edge over Saudi Arabia, Egypt
    and Jordan, which also receives massive aid from the United States.

    Every dollar granted to Egypt requires Israel to spend between $1.60 and
    $2.10 to maintain the balance of power, according to JIMS.

  • Frank A

    I wonder how much they would give to me to study the people in Washington that actually grant this money for this crap.

  • Kim

    After working since I was 15, putting myself through college in the 80’s, gaining my first post college career position at Merck, I was proof of the American Dream. During the real estate fall 2007 I lost my savings and my property. I lost everything trying to sell my land beginning early in 2006, nothing worked due to the governments manipulative criminal involvement and creation of the real estate scam. At 50 I have to start over while they make extremely high salaries and waste money on ridiculous expenses and projects. They all should be fired and given bad credit for these criminal activities and possibly serve time for theft.

  • Cronos17

    Petty, no multi-billion dollar expenditures, on the list except for the Obamas. Show me the real waste.

  • mleblanc138

    The “try not to laugh” came too late as I was laughing out loud as soon as I read about hundreds of thousands spent studying the size and shape of reproductive organs of ducks. It really isn’t funny how they’re wasting our tax dollars, but that duck example is so pathetic, that there’s really nothing to do but laugh at it.

  • Oil exectutive

    Hi, I wonder why this guy never mentions peak oil?

  • Blitzkrieg

    People don’t make 1000 mistakes in a row by accident. It’s by design. Spend spend spend… preferably on what’s most wasteful. Gotta hasten that collapse, cause the crisis and provide the pre-planned alternative: Communism.

  • al_kidya

    Didn’t the government also supply a grant, for $387,000 and change, to study the sex life of snails?

  • Anna44

    Last week: One good friend’s husband lost his union job and she had to close her shop. They put their house up for sale as they can no longer afford the payments. Another friend who worked for a physician hospital for 16 years was cut with 39 others – 4 years short of her pension. My old boss lost her job and the district manager was cut as well. Everyone’s hours have been cut to no more than 29 and if folks are in the store right before closing- chase them out- just make sure to clock out and not go over 29 hours. My neighbor lost his job on Friday. Finally- the minimum wage job my husband found will be terminated as two giant retailers are merging- and half the people will lose their jobs.

  • And what about the budget of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars? Are you really gonna argue that 1,000,000 (million) dollars is a waste versus 1,000,000,000,000 (trillion)?

    NASA’s budget is half of one percent (0.50%) of the entire federal budget. Do you like having a cell phone and technology or are you that much of a right-winger that you feel science is evil and any money spent on research is a waste?

  • RepealThePriceAndersonAct

    Taxpayers pay about $340 Million dollars to insure EACH nuclear energy reactor in the U.S.
    There are 103 nuclear energy reactors.
    Multiply 103 times $340 million dollars = 35 BILLION DOLLARS
    Most Americans can barely afford their car and health insurance and yet your tax money is going to insure nuclear power plants which make millions every day.
    It’s called the Price Anderson Act.

  • TheAnon

    Um, I hope this is an April fools day topic, because this is the dumbest one I’ve seen so far on the sight, but besides that I got many LOLs from it.

  • Kritischer_Realist

    To look for a difference between them would be the same thing as to assort feces by smell.

  • Your doom

    What about the wealthy not paying taxes?

  • “When a nation’s leaders shall be the worst of them”
    -yup, the world’s coming to an end

  • yep,and the list goes on.people aren’t the real prob.gov.has done this,and keeps on doing it to us.

  • cairochris2

    Some of these on here are legit criticisms, but some are not and show a failure to consider all the facts involved:

    * Comparing the amount of money spent by US taxpayers on the President to that spent by the British on the royal family is a horrendous comparison. The British royal family has generated a tremendous amount of wealth over the years through their position. So they are able to essentially fund their own activities for the most part. It’s state wealth, but doesn’t show up as such because it doesn’t come out of taxes paid by the population. On top of that, they live in a country that is at best 1/10th the size of the USA, and do not travel as much internationally (since they are not the head of government) so travel is not nearly as big an expenditure. A better comparison may be to compare the President to the Prime Minister.

    * The Sesame Street program done by USAID in Pakistan was actually very successful in improving relations with the country for quite a while. And we need everything we can get when it comes to improving relations with countries in that area.

    * While I don’t agree with all of the studies posted, to suggest that some are unreasonable based on their findings undermines some of the principles of science. Judging hypotheses are a more accurate way of judging a study (again, this does not mean I agree with the federal government funding all of the studies listed, just a general statement, too many listed to go through one by one).

    * I’m pretty sure the three climate change advisors all have Masters degrees at a minimum and likely PhDs. In that case, yes, you will be making at least 6 figures.

    * Again, regarding money spent on the President/VP, and the two former presidents (the two who receive Secret Service protection), you cannot underestimate how paranoid the Secret Service is about security, and places like London and Paris are not cheap to begin with.

    *However, I do agree, the money spent on cats and dogs, the Alabama Watermelon Queen, and the hair products for the US Senate (they make enough to buy their own hair gel if they so desire, though half of them are old enough to not need it anymore it seems) are ridiculous.

  • April 25 2013

    Mr Drudge,

    Please read this letter before you sound like an
    ass. I assure you, it’s worth your time
    and attention. God
    is telling me to write you this letter, sir, I assure you it would piss Him off
    if you choose to ignore it.

    My name is Melissa Bicking Hudson, and I currently
    reside in Magnolia, AR. During the
    summer of 2000, I was blessed with the opportunity to work Dr. Craig Ely, PhD,
    at Old Chevak, AK. This is the exact
    location where the biologist Peterson stayed at during the 1930’s. Peterson wrote about his stay at Old Chevak
    Mission in his widely acclaimed book, Wild America.

    I spent 3 months on the tundra that summer, as a 20
    year old. I have photos to back this up
    if you choose not to believe me, but I assure you, God is telling you that you
    should choose to believe me.

    It was a three month time period that changed my
    life. Because Dr. Ely invested a lot of
    money….Federal, taxpayer money, into me, that summer. And here’s why: I had a remarkable resume. I’d spent a previous summer working at a
    children’s camp in the Mari-El Republic of Russia. The summer before Alaska, I interned at a
    wildlife refuge on the Mississippi Delta that F.D.Roosevelt himself visited,
    hunted on, and thusly coined our nations’ dear toy, the “teddy bear” upon. The Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge, in
    Tallulah, LA. The summer following
    Alaska, I interned at the lab of Dr. Michael Blouin, at Oregon State
    University, where I spent hours upon hours removing genetic material from frog
    toes preserved in micro-centrifuge tubes.

    To make a long story short, I know how bio-monitoring
    works. From person…to animal species….to
    the tissue sample carefully collected from the animal species….to the tube that
    it is preserved in…to the laboratory it is taken out in, and carefully
    mutilated until it releases it’s genetic code that is so dear and so
    tale-telling about how the environment is changing….how one population changes
    into another sub-population, sometimes because of access—or lack there of—to food

    Speaking of food sources, did you know that the Y’upik
    Eskimos who have lived up there for hundreds of years still rely on subsistence
    hunting and fishing to survive the winters?
    That they lose their babies because they do not have access to medicines
    and hospitals when the weather is bad?
    That people like Craig Ely…Dr. Craig Ely….spend a good deal of time
    donating our leftover food supplies…propane supplies….gasoline supplies….to the
    fishermen and women and children who populate the Eskimo Fishing camps along
    the Yukon-Kuskokwim delta every year, so that they do not start in the winter,
    because sometimes that food is all they have….what remains at Old Chevak. Once I realized how precious food was up
    there, I stopped eating altogether some days.
    I knew my body could spare the resources we had there, and that I could
    fast healthfully because God put me there to tell you this someday.

    That day is today, Mr. Drudge. Please…..please…..read this letter. Email me personally for more photos…..and use
    it on your website. If you don’t, it’s
    not my fault if you burn in that lake of sulfuric acid that God has steaming
    for people like you.


    Melissa Ann Bicking Hudson

  • Bill Jones

    You neglected to mention the billions that get thrown down the filthy Israeli rathole.

  • Douglas Beesley

    This is the government pilfering every working Americans earnings and savings! They just don’t care about we the people anymore plain and simple!!!

  • Douglas Beesley

    “How can you not trust a man who lied to you about what happened in Benghazi, lied when he told you that if you liked your health insurance plan, you could keep it under ObamaCare, lied about not raising taxes on the middle class, lied about the impact of sequestration, lied about the use of chemical weapons in Syria being a “red line,” and, just today, promised to keep North Korea from getting the nuclear weapons it already has. Never mind. You just trust Obama, and you go right on trusting him – until they shove you in a cattle car.” Don Feder