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Government Spends Money on Stupid Things

We all know the government spends money on some pretty stupid stuff, but when you hear the highlights of said stupidity, it constantly boggles the mind.

The End of the American Dream blog compiled a list of 30 stupid things the government is spending our money on, which I highly recommend you read, if nothing else for the comedy (tragedy?) of it all. My favorites include:

#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”…

#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…

#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…

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

#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”.

And there are plenty of other good ones for you to enjoy (cry about?). Reminds me of why I thought Nicolas Cage should be our next Treasury Secretary. Gee, I wonder how many people lost their jobs over all this…

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2 thoughts on “Government Spends Money on Stupid Things

  1. Andrew says:

    Odd, I didn’t read anything in Ezra Klein’s article about why it was necessary to spend $998,798 to ship 2 washers or give over $15 million dollars to China in foreign aid…


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