Skip to comments.Great Moments in Government Waste
Posted on 06/12/2012 6:24:55 AM PDT by Kaslin
Every time some class-warfare Democrat or Charlie Brown Republican says we need higher taxes, I think of all the ways the government wastes money and I get angry because the political elite is ripping off the American people.
Should we send more money to Washington when the federal government is:
And those are just examples of nickel-and-dime programs. The bigger outrage is that politicians have created costly, inefficient, and bankrupt entitlement programs that threaten our fiscal future.
But the small examples have symbolic value, and now I have something new to add to the list. The idiots at the State Department thought it was just fine and dandy to pay 35 times the market price for some Kindles.
IPads are too fancy, Nooks arent fancy enough, but Kindles are just right for teaching English, the State Department thinks, which is why it bought 2,500 of them from Amazon in a $16.5 million no-bid contract, NextGovs Dawn Lim reports. That works out to $6,600 per Kindle Touch a lot more than the $189 retail price. The plan, according to Kim, is to send the e-readers to designated libraries and U.S.-friendly educational centers around the world.
Since your paying for this ripoff, you might be a tad bit irritated. But thats only because youre an unsophisticated taxpayer. According to PR hacks, we really are getting a good deal because of all the extras in the agreement. Put down your coffee or soda before reading this passage from the report because I dont want to be responsible for liquid on your computer screen.
Amazon is responsible for shipping the Kindles, providing 24-7 customer service, sharing data on how the Kindles are used to access content and pushing serialized content to the Kindles regularly. Amazon is also responsible for disabling standard features, as as [sic.] requested by DoS, for the device such as individual purchasing ability.
Wow, free shipping. Thats worth a lot. And the customer service surely adds a couple of bucks per unit, not to mention the extra pennies it must cost to disable features and provide electronic updates.
But lets not be too hard on clueless bureaucrats. Maybe they just dont understand high tech. After all, moronic government officials paid more than $22,000 each for big institutional Internet routers hooked up to just a handful of computers.
Its almost enough to make you think government spending is the problem rather than the solution.
There are hundreds of thousands of such wasteful projects that politicians dismiss as mere drops in the bucket and therefore not worthy of attention. The huge number makes compiling a list almost impossible, as it was intended to be.
Here is an operative formula: Phony Cost - Real Cost = Skim; Skim * 0.1 = Big Government Campaign Contributions
The schools (read YOU!) gave up trying to limit access and just bought more and more bandwidth to keep the "precious snowflakes" and their parents happy.
They spend money on advertisements and vacations and I can’t get scotch tape or CDs (work for DoD).