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  • Uncertain future troubles Eisenhower Memorial Commission and its insular staff

    04/15/2014 6:36:33 PM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/15/2014 | LUKE ROSIAK
    A federal planning group has delivered what could be a fatal blow to the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission's controversial design for honoring the former president and World War II hero.Nine full-time, taxpayer-funded employees and a board of aging political leaders have spent the better part of a decade planning the memorial to President Eisenhower, but the National Capital Planning Commission rejected their proposal nearly two weeks ago.Other national memorial planners held open design competitions, but the EMC quickly settled on Frank Gehry -- the distinctive, modernist designer of Los Angeles' theme park-esque Walt Disney Concert Hall and an old...
  • Spring Clean Government

    03/19/2014 5:01:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 19, 2014 | John Stossel
    Spring cleaning is a healthy tradition. If only politicians did it! They don't. When Barack Obama ran for president, he promised to clean house, "I'm not a Democrat who believes that we can or should defend every government program just because it's there. There are some that don't work." I cheered when I heard that! But politicians always say they'll get rid of waste. Then, once in power, they spend more . Obama sure has. "We just need to cut back!" said Obama, the candidate. He promised to end "waste at the Economic Development Agency and the Export-Import Bank that's...
  • Spring Clean Government

    03/19/2014 5:00:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 19, 2014 | John Stossel
    Spring cleaning is a healthy tradition. If only politicians did it! They don't. When Barack Obama ran for president, he promised to clean house, "I'm not a Democrat who believes that we can or should defend every government program just because it's there. There are some that don't work." I cheered when I heard that! But politicians always say they'll get rid of waste. Then, once in power, they spend more . Obama sure has. "We just need to cut back!" said Obama, the candidate. He promised to end "waste at the Economic Development Agency and the Export-Import Bank that's...
  • EPA Bureaucrats Paint the Town Red with Federal Charge Cards

    03/15/2014 9:28:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 15, 2014 | Justin Sykes
    There appears to be a flourishing culture of financial misconduct at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This culture has been perpetuated by a lack of administrative oversight leading to millions of taxpayer dollars being wasted. At a time when D.C.’s fiscal climate is characterized by a national debt that is spiraling out of control, there is no excuse for any government organization to be lacking financial accountability. A report released this month by the EPA Inspector General (IG) found EPA employees improperly used federal charge cards to purchase everything from gym memberships to gift cards. The report indicated over 90...
  • Will SpaceX Super Rocket Kill NASA's 'Rocket to Nowhere'? (Op-Ed)

    02/17/2014 1:50:08 PM PST · by EveningStar · 22 replies
    Space.com ^ | February 10, 2014 | R.D. Boozer
    The private spaceflight company Space X plans to build a rocket so big it would "make the Apollo moon rocket look small,"the company's CEO, Elon Musk, announced on "CBS This Morning"on Feb. 3. The huge rocket would ultimately send colonists to Mars, but what would SpaceX do in the meantime? The company's primary focus right now is giving NASA astronauts access to the International Space Station (ISS) on American vehicles, drastically lowering prices to Earth orbit versus what the Russians are charging, Musk said... This all begs the question: If SpaceX is going to build this gargantuan rocket on its...
  • Risqué environmental underwear raises eyebrows in Czech Republic

    12/21/2013 9:40:14 AM PST · by Innovative · 33 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | Dec 20, 2013 | Matthew Day
    The Czech Republic’s environment ministry has come under fire for ordering 1,000 pairs of male and female underwear adorned with images of endangered animals as part of an end-of-year budget splurge. The environment ministry will use the beaver and cormorant pants as promotional materials for its Czech Nature campaign, which aims to encourage people to take an active role in environmental protection. With allegations of frivolous government spending on pants filling the press, the underwear spat even overshadowed controversy surrounding the environment ministry’s purchase of 130 new cars for its ministerial fleet.
  • WASTEBOOK 2013

    12/17/2013 3:30:08 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 12 replies
    coburn.senate.gov ^ | Dec 17, 2013 | Sen Tom Coburn
    Coburn Releases Annual Wastebook Highlighting Most Egregious Spending of 2013
  • Thrifty Obamas make do with 24 Christmas trees (down from 54 last year)

    12/11/2013 6:05:16 PM PST · by Perseverando · 24 replies
    Investors.com ^ | December 09, 2013 | Andrew Malcolm
    One of the Obamas' two dozen Christmas trees arrives. You may remember earlier this year that President Obama, in a fit of pique over Congress actually allowing his sequester cuts idea to take effect, had White House public tours canceled to save lunch money. During the later partial government shutdown, he ordered national monuments "closed," even though most are open-air. Now, comes holiday season in the Obama White House. Every president entertains there, though the Obamas showed no shyness about frequent lavish celebrity galas even as millions of fellow Americans struggled during the recession's highest unemployment. Every president decorates...
  • Worcester City Council backs doubling gunshot recognition system coverage area

    12/08/2013 12:30:46 PM PST · by Q-ManRN · 19 replies
    Telegram.com ^ | November 19, 2013 | Nick Kotsopoulos
    The City Council has given the Police Department the green light to expand the coverage area and scope of the gunshot recognition system it will deploy in an effort to help reduce gun violence in the city. Video surveillance cameras will also be purchased for the two areas. The ShotSpotter technology and the surveillance cameras will be integrated into the Police Department's Real Time Crime Center, enabling police to direct the cameras to the area where gunshots originate. But at the urging of the City Council Public Safety Committee, the city manager was asked to find ways to expand the...
  • ‘Non-partisan’ group paid $1 million to produce positive Obamacare stories

    11/27/2013 9:50:30 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 12 replies
    Capitol City Project ^ | November 25, 2013 | By Joe Schoffstall
    With the roll out of Obamacare being as disastrous as possible for the Obama administration, one group was given a $1 million grant to help lead a rebranding effort with hopes of salvaging the law in the eyes of the American people. Families USA (FUSA) — an organization that describes itself as a “national nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans” — was given a $1.1 million grant by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on October 4, 2013, to gather “success stories” of Americans dealing with Obamacare and distribute them to the...
  • Obama wants to raise taxes so the government can continue buying soda for $3.40 per can

    11/14/2013 4:05:38 PM PST · by grundle · 9 replies
    wordpress ^ | August 4, 2012 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Obama wants to raise taxes so the government can continue buying soda for $3.40 per can We all know that President Obama wants to raise taxes. During his presidency, the federal government has been purchasing soda for a cost of $3.40 per can. Obama has not expressed any desire to switch to a cheaper seller, such as Costco, amazon.com, or Wal-Mart – or to an even still cheaper seller such as a wholesaler. Instead, Obama continues to force taxpayers to pay these outrageous prices for soda. I wonder whom the government is buying this ridiculously overpriced...
  • US trashes, sells its unwanted gear in Afghanistan (waste not...!)

    11/07/2013 3:32:41 AM PST · by kimtom · 13 replies
    http://news.yahoo.com ^ | 11/7/2013 | KATHY GANNON
    <p>KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — The withdrawing U.S. military is destroying most of the equipment it is leaving behind in Afghanistan after 13 years of war, selling the scrap for millions of dollars to those willing to buy it. The policy stands in stark contrast to the Americans' withdrawal from Iraq, when they donated or sold still-usable items worth about $100 million. The equipment is being trashed, U.S. officials say, because of fears that anything left behind in Afghanistan could fall into the hands of insurgents and used to make bombs. Leaving it behind also saves the U.S. billions of dollars in transportation costs......</p>
  • DHS Abusing Overtime Pay

    11/01/2013 3:06:21 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 1, 2013 | Heather Ginsberg
    The latest report from the U.S. Office of Special Council has found some serious waste in the Department of Homeland Security. Shocking! The report shows a collection of data showing that nearly $8.7 million in overtime pay was spent on employees who were sometimes doing nothing more than watching “sports and entertainment” channels on TV. According to the government investigator, collecting overtime pay in the DHS is a “long-standing abuse” and has become a “persistent pattern”. Employees have been able to take advantage of a program known as Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime. This system is meant to be used only for...
  • Congress to close down, fly Air Force planes to Florida for funeral of Rep. C.W. Bill Young

    10/22/2013 10:17:16 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 71 replies
    Washington Times ^ | October 22, 2013 | Stephen Dinan
    <p>Congress will shut down on Thursday, and leaders have told lawmakers the Defense Department will fly them to Florida for the funeral of Rep. C.W. Bill Young, who died late last week.</p> <p>Mr. Young was the senior Republican in the chamber, and the move to close down business is a mark of respect for him — though it also means that there will be no floor votes and that many committee meetings have been canceled, cutting short what was already a mostly empty week. The House’s hearing examining the health exchange rollout will continue as planned, however.</p>
  • U.S. Paying $25K to Make Park Benches from Garbage for Tijuana

    09/24/2013 4:04:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | September 24, 2013 - 2:48 PM | Eric Scheiner
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $25,000 that will go to the construction of benches made of garbage for a park in Tijuana, Mexico. According to an EPA press release, the agency joined the San Diego Center for Civic Engagement in awarding $45,000 to 4Walls International for the construction of park spaces that will use trash pulled from the Tijuana River Valley as building materials. …
  • Free School Lunches End Up In Trash At Florin High

    09/06/2013 7:14:24 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    CBS News Local ^ | September 5, 2013 | by Cambi Brown
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — At Florin High School, every student gets a free lunch, even if they can afford to pay for it, and CBS13 has discovered that a lot of that free food ends up in the trash. Throwing away food is just the beginning of a drain on your taxpayer dollars. Last year, 14 percent of students paid for their own meals because they didn’t qualify for free lunch. “The federal government [now] allows, if 80 percent or more of the school is eligible for free lunch, the paid students, we would feed them for free,” said Michelle Drake...
  • Ousted Metra CEO describes rough Illinois politics

    07/17/2013 5:36:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 17, 2013 6:41 PM EDT | Jason Keyser
    A former California transit executive tapped to clean up Chicago’s scandal-tarnished Metra commuter rail agency said Wednesday he was pushed out barely two years into the job for doing exactly that and resisting pressure from some of Illinois’ most powerful politicians. Alex Clifford was allowed to speak publicly for the first time Wednesday about his lucrative buyout, which critics have called hush money and a waste of taxpayer funds. Clifford alleged that House Speaker Michael Madigan pushed Metra staff for a pay raise for a political pal and that Madigan and another politician also sought patronage hires. Clifford also described...
  • Commerce Dept. Spent $2.7 Million to Fix Nonexistent Computer Virus

    07/13/2013 1:52:24 PM PDT · by First_Salute · 12 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | Elizabeth Harrington
    The Commerce Department destroyed more than $170,000 worth of working computers, televisions and cameras, all in response to a cyber threat that “did not exist.” ... Commerce Department, feared its IT network was infected with a widespread virus, and ultimately spent more than $2.7 million to fix a problem that was nothing more than “common malware.”
  • Federal Grant: $254K to Study Male Prostitute Safety

    06/29/2013 11:24:52 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 25 replies
    CNS News ^ | June 28, 2013 | Ryan Kierman
    The National Institutes of Health is spending $253,800 of federal taxpayer money to study ways to educate Boston’s male prostitutes on safe-sex practices. According to a description of the federally funded project, a previous study of male sex workers in Boston found that “almost one third (31%) were HIV-infected, and most (84%) had a steady male or female partner, thus the risk for HIV-infection/transmission is not only to/from their sex work clients but also to/from their primary partners… Notably, every participant reported using a variety of drugs and/or alcohol in the context of sex work in the prior 12 months”...
  • Did Barack Obama pick the wrong venue for anti-slavery speech?

    06/28/2013 4:22:42 PM PDT · by Errant · 48 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 28 June, 2013 | Colin Freeman
    For a black American president on a tour of Africa, it seemed an obvious opportunity for a speech about the evils of slavery. When Barack Obama visited Senegal on Thursday, he headed for Gorée Island, where a crumbling fort is said to have been the key departure point for millions of slaves shipped across the Atlantic. Yet as the president toured the 18th century building and later spoke of how the visit had allowed him to "fully appreciate the magnitude of the slave trade", historians pointed out that it was probably never used for that purpose at all.
  • Vintage Photo, Early 1900's - U.S. Department of Agriculture's "Pig Cafeteria"

    06/24/2013 7:35:41 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 10 replies
    Retronaut ^ | Early 20th Century | Retronaut
    “The Pig Cafeteria” was an exhibit produced by the Department of Agriculture to educate farmers about new methods of farming and raising livestock — specifically, what to feed pigs so that they would be healthy and profitable.
  • $431,363 Stimulus Project Concludes 'Gay Fathers' Have Less Time for Sex

    06/05/2013 2:12:47 PM PDT · by IbJensen · 24 replies
    CNS News ^ | June 5, 2013 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The 2009 stimulus law financed a $431,363 project in Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s California district to study the “psychological distress” of homosexual fathers. (AP Photo) (CNSNews.com) – The 2009 stimulus law financed a $431,363 project in Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s California district to study the “psychological distress” of homosexual fathers. The study took three years to publish its results, and it created no jobs. The study concluded that homosexual men are likely to reduce their chances of contracting HIV after becoming fathers, because there is less time for sex. The project, entitled, “Health and HIV Among Gay Fathers,” was awarded to San...
  • Long term ongoing investigation of EPA warehouse (Secret Man Caves Found in EPA Warehouse)

    06/05/2013 10:09:39 AM PDT · by kimtom · 70 replies
    www.govexec.com ^ | June 4, 2013 | Eric Katz
    <p>A warehouse maintained by contractors for the Environmental Protection Agency contained secret rooms full of exercise equipment, televisions and couches, according to an internal audit.</p> <p>EPA’s inspector general found contractors used partitions, screens and piled up boxes to hide the rooms from security cameras in the 70,000 square-foot building located in Landover, Md. The warehouse -- used for inventory storage -- is owned by the General Services Administration and leased to the EPA for about $750,000 per year.</p>
  • Neil DeGrasse Tyson: Message to the future

    03/27/2013 10:25:17 PM PDT · by StarfireIV · 8 replies
    Youtube ^ | October 25, 2012 | Neil DeGrasse Tyson
    Neil DeGrasse Tyson: Message to the future
  • Biden's One-Night Paris Hotel Tab: $585,000.50

    03/22/2013 8:11:23 AM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 63 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 3/22/2013 | Jeryl Bier
    As it turns out, Vice President Joe Biden's London stay in February was not the most expensive part of his trip. A government document released on February 14, 2013 shows that the contract for the Hotel Intercontinental Paris Le Grand came in at $585,000.50....
  • The Food Stamp Economy

    01/10/2013 3:49:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 10, 2013 | Larry Elder
    The New York Post headline read: "Could You Spend $500 on Food at This Bodega? A Welfare Recipient Claimed To!" A few days later, another headline: "Welfare Recipients Take Out Cash at Strip Clubs, Liquor Stores and X-Rated Shops." "They're on the dole -- and watching the pole," wrote the Post. "Welfare recipients took out cash at bars, liquor stores, X-rated video shops, hookah parlors and even strip clubs -- where they presumably spent their taxpayer money on lap dances rather than diapers." Here's how it works. Welfare recipients receive Electronic Benefit Transfer cards, preloaded with specified dollar amounts for...
  • How to Cut Federal Spending: The Real Country-Killer in 2013

    01/02/2013 5:44:50 AM PST · by Moseley · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 2, 2013 | Jonathon Moseley
    Never mind the "fiscal cliff." America went bankrupt, technically, at midnight on December 31, 2012. We hit the debt ceiling of $16.394 trillion. Yet the U.S. government needs to borrow more money than is legally allowed. So Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is now juggling federal accounts via questionable extraordinary measures to squeeze out perhaps two more months. Uncle Sam has maxed out his credit cards. More than ever before, America now faces national ruin unless political leaders cut federal spending. However, Washington no longer understands what budget cuts are. Simply trim a few percent from every program -- here a...
  • How Congress Is Getting It Wrong

    12/11/2012 6:05:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 11, 2012 | Tim Phillips
    In the current debate over the lame duck deal, the focus seems to be solely on the issue of taxes. Raising rates or closing loopholes: which will it be? After all it’s essential that the federal government increase its revenues, right? Everyone knows the government has run out of money, and talk of another debt limit debacle is already surfacing. Is the cause of the deficit declining federal revenues? Perhaps it's those pesky billionaires moving jobs and profits overseas? Or, there's always some way to blame oil companies or George W. Bush. The reality is far less flattering for...
  • Post of the day on Facebook.

    11/26/2012 10:08:00 AM PST · by The Louiswu · 11 replies
    Facebook | 11/26/2012 | Me
    "Mary X I've always said that I prefer government waste over corporate greed because more people benefit. Different perspective than you. That's all. I won't try to convert you, and you won't convert me. Have a great day." There you go, that just about says it all.
  • President Obama asked to show ID while voting

    10/25/2012 6:00:37 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 32 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 25, 2012
    The nation’s First Voter has cast his ballot – and, once again, made history. President Obama voted about 5:20 p.m. at a community center in his hometown of Chicago, punching his choices into a touch-screen machine after signing forms and showing his driver’s license. He is the first president to vote before election day. “Now ignore the fact that there’s no gray hair on that picture,” Obama cracked to an election official. “I’m just glad I renewed my driver’s license.” Obama declined to reveal his choice for president, a subject of much humor over the past two days during his...
  • Coburn's 'Waste Book' details $19 billion in eye-opening government expenses

    10/16/2012 3:57:09 PM PDT · by LucyT · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 16, 2012 | Fox News Staff
    What do robotic squirrels, menus for Martian meals and a musical about climate change have in common? They've all been made possible with taxpayer assistance, according to the latest survey of government waste put out by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla. Known simply as the Waste Book, the report is a watchlist of eye-opening expenditures, which Coburn blames on a "let them eat caviar" attitude in Washington -- at a time when "23 million of our fellow Americans do not have good jobs," Coburn notes. Coburn, while chiding the agencies that spend this money for their "lack of judgment," said Congress...
  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau - Waste And Abuse

    08/22/2012 3:45:59 AM PDT · by LD Jackson · 6 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 08/22/12 | LD Jackson
    This isn't the first time I have written about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau or waste and abuse in the federal government. I have opined on more than one occasion that the powers given to the CFPB were suspect. This is especially true since their funding doesn't even have to go through Congress. With a funding setup like that, one can't help but wonder who will watch the CFPB, while they are supposedly watching out for the American taxpayer. This is, however, the first time the CFPB and waste and abuse have been tied together. They are getting off to...
  • Apparently the Economy in Fairfax County has Recovered!

    08/05/2012 9:29:54 AM PDT · by Thom Pain · 35 replies
    Self
    Driving on West Ox Rd in Ffax County today I noticed that there are now "One Way" signs by the dozens posted in the median strip on a 3 to 4 mile stretch of the road. Most of these have been erected in the median opposite of where someone's driveway intersects the road. In one stretch there are 6 or 7 in a 50 yard stretch of road, some within ten feet of each other. I hesitate to guess how many $$ it cost to manufacture, ship, and install these signs, but I can think of a thousand ways this...
  • TEA Story: Lil Ole Retired School Teacher Taking TX Bureaucracy DOWN!

    08/04/2012 6:26:43 AM PDT · by rightjb · 11 replies
    PolitiJim.com ^ | 8-4-2012 | PolitiJim (@politiJim)
    PolitiJim readers will remember the retired, 30 year school teacher who began to expose a “fake” school district in Houston that collects millions of tax payer dollars but has no official students.  She hasn’t stopped her crusade against waste and, in fact, has nearly single handedly taken this $100 million monstrosity on by herself which should be a lesson to all T.E.A. Party patriots everywhere.   By attending meetings, filing Freedom of Information Act requests and publicizing her findings through TexasTrashTalk.com, she has begun to get the attention of the State Attorney General and others.Sarah P: Here is your power...
  • TEA Story: Lil Ole Retired School Teacher Taking TX Bureaucracy DOWN!

    08/04/2012 6:26:26 AM PDT · by rightjb · 1 replies
    PolitiJim.com | 8-4-2012 | PolitiJim (@politiJim)
    PolitiJim readers will remember the retired, 30 year school teacher who began to expose a “fake” school district in Houston that collects millions of tax payer dollars but has no official students.  She hasn’t stopped her crusade against waste and, in fact, has nearly single handedly taken this $100 million monstrosity on by herself which should be a lesson to all T.E.A. Party patriots everywhere.   By attending meetings, filing Freedom of Information Act requests and publicizing her findings through TexasTrashTalk.com, she has begun to get the attention of the State Attorney General and others.Sarah P: Here is your power...
  • Most Outrageous Government Waste (1996)

    Without authorization, for instance, the feds spent $19.6 million annually on the International Fund for Ireland. Sounds like a noble cause, but the money went for projects like pony-trekking centers and golf videos. Congressional budget-cutters spared the $440,000 spent annually to have attendants push buttons on the fully automated Capitol Hill elevators used by Representatives and Senators. Last year, the National Endowment for the Humanities spent $4.2 million to conduct a nebulous “National Conversation on Pluralism and Identity.” Obviously, talk radio wasn’t considered good enough. The Pentagon and Central Intelligence Agency channeled some $11 million to psychics who might provide...
  • Taxpayer Calculator: Indian reality show, California wine tours backed by USDA funds

    06/18/2012 3:21:00 PM PDT · by bgill · 3 replies
    FOX News ^ | June 14, 2012 | By John Brandt
    Another MAP recipient, the Cotton Council International, received $20 million in 2011 to produce and promote Let’s Design, an Indian reality television show where contestants make clothing out of cotton. The council has reaped more than $169 million in the last decade.
  • Navy’s Green Fleet Runs Into Fiscal Storm (Algae Based Bio-Fuels Cost 4X More Than Petroleum Fuels)

    06/10/2012 7:45:27 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 21 replies
    San Diego U-T ^ | June 9, 2012 | Jeanette Steele
    Navy’s green fleet runs into fiscal storm Demo still on for next month, includes San Diego ship Republicans in Congress are blocking the Navy’s march toward a future in which jets and ships run on biofuels, saying the “green” most in question is whether the United States has the money, with a shrinking military budget, to invest in a pricey fuel experiment. The Navy will demonstrate its “great green fleet” concept next month, a toe in the water toward easing the country away from dependence on unfriendly foreign oil. But opposition in Congress could push the effort onto the rocks...
  • "Flying Piano" Costs Pentagon $1.5 Trillion

    04/30/2012 5:15:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 30, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    The Pentagon is about to waste $1.5 trillion, 38% of entire defense budget for a "virtual flying piano". That may sound preposterous, and it is. Unfortunately, it is also true. Foreign Policy Magazine discusses the sad saga of The Jet That Ate the Pentagon. This month, we learned that the Pentagon has increased the price tag for the F-35 by another $289 million -- just the latest in a long string of cost increases -- and that the program is expected to account for a whopping 38 percent of Pentagon procurement for defense programs, assuming its cost will grow no...
  • Michelle Obama’s Spain Vacation Cost Taxpayers $467,585

    04/26/2012 11:31:32 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 57 replies
    National Review.com ^ | 4/26/12 | Jim Geraghty
    Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and fights government corruption, announced today that it obtained documents from the United States Air Force and the United States Secret Service detailing costs associated with Michelle Obama’scontroversial August 2010 vacation to Spain. According to a Judicial Watch analysis, the records indicate a total combined cost of at least $467,585. Judicial Watch obtained the Secret Service records pursuant to an August 2010 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. (The agency notified Judicial Watch that it withheld 78 pages of responsive records in their entirety.) Judicial Watch obtained the U.S. Air Force records...
  • Help Us Stop Liberals From Spending Tax Payer Money on an Expensive Dinner Saturday

    04/25/2012 1:04:39 PM PDT · by rightjb · 2 replies
    Texas Trash Talk ^ | 4/25/2012 | PolitiJim (@politiJim)
    Want to Deprive a Liberal of An Expensive Taxpayer Dinner? Here's a way to IMMEDIATELY take out some of your angst | http://bit.ly/I1XTS2 Texas Trash Talk is attempting to shut down the pilfering of Harris County Texas taxpayers who have been paying for a “fake” school district for nearly 50 years. These bureaucrats had the audacity to ask for MORE tax money after paying the former Superintendent (now Mayor of nearby KATY) $100K and trips to Four Seasons in Washington DC among other things. (They meeting PolitiJim went to the board had a catered lunch and jazz music if you...
  • A Government of Waste

    04/20/2012 5:35:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 20, 2012 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    What can we learn from allegations against a half-dozen supervisors in the Government Services Administration for wasting, and perhaps stealing, taxpayer dollars on foolishness in Las Vegas, and against a dozen Secret Service agents for dangerously procuring prostitutes in Cartagena, Colombia, while there to prepare for a visit by the president? If the allegations are true -- and they seem to be -- the behavior of these government workers reflects a view of government hardly consistent with the idea of limited government and public trust. The United States is the only nation in history founded on the principle that...
  • DOE’s Vehicle Fleet Roughly The Size of Its 15,000+ Staff

    04/18/2012 8:55:25 PM PDT · by Lazlo in PA · 16 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 04-18-12 | Becket Adams
    Full Title: DOE’s Vehicle Fleet Roughly The Size of Its 15,000+ Staff, Inspector General Calls The $60M it Spends Annually on Travel a ‘Paltry Sum’ During a hearing before a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee Wednesday, Department of Energy Inspector General Greg Friedman told Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) that compared to amount of money spent by DOE contractors, the $60 million the department spends annually on travel is a “paltry sum.” A “paltry sum”? Think that’s bad? How about this: according to Christopher Johns, director of the Energy Department’s budget office, the DOE’s vehicle fleet is roughly the size of...
  • The Real GSA Scandal: Job-Killing Big Labor Payoffs

    04/18/2012 3:56:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 18, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    Stop the presses: Big-spending Democrats are finally up in arms over a federal boondoggle. Details of the U.S. General Services Administration bacchanalia get worse by the day. We've graduated from overpriced breakfasts in Vegas, friends-and-family junkets galore and in-house videos mocking their own profligacy to extravagant bonuses, alleged kickbacks, obstructionism and bribes. But the scandal is still small potatoes compared to the potential billions GSA is pouring down the Big Labor drain. Whistleblowers and an independent inspector general investigation estimate that the GSA's Sin City conference cost taxpayers an estimated $1 million in 2010. Washington bureaucrats squandered another $234,000...
  • You know government has lost its mind when…

    04/13/2012 9:32:30 AM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 33 replies
    So, is there anyone left who still doesn’t recognize the absurd upside-down priorities of government driven by political correctness and environmental extremism? If so, get a gander at this news out of San Franciso (where else?): (CNSNews.com) – The government spent at least $205,075 in 2010 to ‘translocate’ a single bush in San Francisco that stood in the path of a$1.045-billion highway-renovation project that was partially funded by the economic stimulus legislation President Barack Obama signed in 2009. Yeah, a couple hundred grand of your tax money to move a bush. “Why?” you might ask. . .
  • Obama's Fraud

    04/09/2012 6:23:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 9, 2012 | Lurita Doan
    The recent exposé of clowns and mind-readers as critical support elements of government training at a U.S. General Services (GSA) conference in Las Vegas has served as a politically expedient way for Barack Obama to pretend to be tough on the issue of wasteful spending. There can be no doubt that cracking down on a federal agency that was so misguided that it spent almost a million taxpayer dollars on a training conference (where clowns were considered essential personnel) is a good thing--especially when GSA is the very agency that determines the travel, meals and per diems for the rest...
  • Please Pass the Shrimp

    04/07/2012 5:18:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 7, 2012 | Bill O'Reilly
    Say goodbye to Martha Johnson. This week, she was forced to resign as chief of the General Services Administration, the federal agency that manages real estate for the government. Somehow Johnson managed to spend an incredible $820,000 for a conference outside of Las Vegas. Among the expenditures she okayed: $31,000 for a "networking reception," $146,000 for catered food and drinks, as well as $130,000 in expenses to "scout" the conference's hotel location. Apparently, Johnson's advance team had to travel to Vegas six times to get a handle on where best to discuss GSA business. Somebody had to do it. In...
  • Eco-Scams Are as Easy as "A123"

    03/30/2012 3:18:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 30, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    While President Obama was busy lambasting Big Oil tax breaks on Thursday, yet another one of his environmental welfare recipients (the very kind he wants to redistribute oil subsidies to) was teetering on the edge of bankruptcy. Who needs to win the Mega Millions lottery? Start a pie-in-the-sky eco-boondoggle, and a half-billion-dollar jackpot ripe for squandering is all yours! The Solyndra of the week is A123 Systems, an electric vehicle battery company based in Massachusetts. The firm also has battery plants in Michigan, where former Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm once heralded A123 as a federal stimulus "success story." Former...
  • Government Efficiency and Effectiveness: Opportunities for Improvement ...

    03/22/2012 7:32:59 AM PDT · by In Maryland · 1 replies · 1+ views
    GAO ^ | March 21, 2012 | GAO
    "In our 2012 annual report, we identified a total of 51 areas, including 32 areas of potential duplication, overlap, or fragmentation, as well as 19 opportunities for agencies or Congress to consider taking action that could either reduce the cost of government operations or enhance revenue collections for the Treasury. These areas involve a wide range of government missions including agriculture, defense, economic development, education, energy, general government, health, homeland security, international affairs, science and the environment, and social services. Within and across these missions, the 2012 annual report touches on virtually all major federal departments and agencies. We...
  • UN Textbooks for Palestinian Children ‘Explosively Anti-Semitic, Anti-American and Anti-Israeli'

    01/30/2012 8:46:38 AM PST · by DrewsMum · 25 replies · 2+ views
    CNS ^ | January 29, 2012 | Penny Starr
    The textbooks used to educate Palestinian children who live in refugee camps came under fire at a briefing on Wednesday on Capitol Hill where experts said lessons of intolerance and hatred toward Jews and Israel fill the books’ pages.