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  • Republican Tax Bill Cancels $23 Billion In Tax Credits For Illegal Aliens

    11/09/2017 11:48:39 AM PST · by Thalean · 32 replies
    National Economics Editorial ^ | Nov 6, 2017 | Editorial Staff
    "According to its authors, the new GOP tax bill will strip illegal immigrants of their ability to claim and collect several major tax credits. Doing so will save the federal government an estimated $23.1 billion over the next decade. The bill will do this by closing IRS loopholes and requiring all taxpayers to submit work-eligible Social Security numbers in order to claim tax credits. This may come as a shock to some who take for granted the assumption that illegal aliens don’t receive state benefits—especially tax credits. However, it’s an open secret that the IRS has allowed illegal aliens who...
  • Report: Illegal Immigration Costs Taxpayers $135 Billion Annually, $8,075 Per Alien

    09/27/2017 11:19:16 AM PDT · by Thalean · 22 replies
    National Economics Editorial ^ | September 27, 2017 | Editorial Staff
    According to the Federation for American Immigration Reform’s (FAIR) 2017 report, illegal immigrants, and their children, cost American taxpayers $135 billion annually—the most in this nation’s history. These costs are only partially offset by taxes, which total a mere $19 billion. Therefore, the next cost of illegal immigrants to taxpayers is $116 billion annually. This estimate is similar to those found by the National Economics Editorial.
  • 31% Of College Students Spend Their Loans On Spring Break

    03/09/2017 5:00:19 PM PST · by Zakeet · 13 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | March 9, 2017
    As Washington D.C. liberals continue their fight for 'free' college education for all (which, of course, is just a nicer way of saying largely useless community college education crammed down the throats of taxpayers) and student loan forgiveness programs, a new study from LendEDU reveals some of the shocking realities behind where college students are really spending their $1.3 trillion worth of student debt. Per a survey of 500 college co-eds, LendEDU found that 31% of students, or roughly 2.4 million kids, admitted to using student loan money to fund their binge drinking trips to Cancun and Daytona Beach for...
  • Trump Speech on Clinton’s Lavish State Department Spending…($216,000 for party planner +)

    10/28/2016 6:15:49 AM PDT · by xzins · 30 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | 28 Oct 16 | Sundance
    Now, in another new report, we are learning that Hillary Clinton’s State Department wasted hundreds of millions of your hard-earned taxpayer dollars on a wild spending binge. Here are some of the shocking revelations about Hillary’s spending habits. These are all State Department expenditures during her tenure: –$5.4 million on a no-bid contract for Crystal Stemware –$167.5 million on cost overruns at the Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan –Over $200 million on mostly unused police training facilities in Iraq –$79,000 to buy copies of President Obama’s books –$53,000 to polish marble at the Brazilian Embassy –$630,000 to try to make State...
  • Federal Government Waste Exploded Under Obama, Data Show

    05/21/2016 5:09:47 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 17 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 5/20/2016 | Staff
    Big Government: The federal government wasted more than $100 billion on overpayments last year. It knows this, even tracks it, but somehow can’t seem to stop it. Is there a better indication that government is too big? A federal website called Payment Accuracy tracks in great detail what it calls “improper payments” made by the federal government through Medicare, Medicaid, farm programs, school lunch programs and others to contractors, doctors, students, and so on. Last year, the government made $126 billion in overpayments, nearly double the amount of made in President Bush’s last year. Improper payments in Medicare, for example,...
  • Meet Captain Crunch, the Pentagon's Gun-Eating Machine

    03/08/2016 12:54:34 PM PST · by PROCON · 55 replies
    popularmechanics ^ | March 7, 2016 | Kyle Mizokami
    The Department of Defense is responsible for millions of guns, from sniper rifles to pistols. Inevitably, at some point the Pentagon no longer wants them. What happens to the weapons then? They're fed to Captain Crunch, a giant crusher that turns military firearms into scrap metal. Captain Crunch was put into operation in August 1993 as an efficient way to destroy unwanted firearms. Located at Anniston Army Depot in Alabama and operated by the Defense Logistics Agency, the Captain is an enormous shredder using intertwined blades that turns weapons made of wood, steel, aluminum and plastic into large pieces...
  • Bureaucrat Bosses Pay Bad Workers To Stay Home [$1B annually] - EPA "shines" in this area

    01/20/2016 11:03:39 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | January 21, 2016 | Luke Rosiak
    Federal managers are using illegal secret settlements that pay disruptive, incompetent or dangerous employees not to work for months on end before quitting on an agreed-upon date as an alternative to endless termination paperwork, legal appeals and costly battles with civil service unions. Government employees accused of wrongdoing often spend months on paid leave, while publicly agencies cryptically speak of lengthy "investigations," even when establishing misconduct can be as simple as talking to a few people or reviewing some documents. Eventually, the agencies will say, just as vaguely, that the person is "no longer employed." Evidence obtained by The Daily...
  • Golden Hammer: Feds Spending Millions to Arm Agencies that Don't Need Guns (EPA, FDA, VA, etc.)

    01/09/2016 4:01:44 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 37 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Thursday, January 7, 2016 | Kellan Howell
    <p>As the U.S. engages in a national debate over the militarization of the police, federal data shows that government agencies charged with largely administrative roles are spending tens of millions of taxpayer dollars to purchase SWAT and military-style equipment.</p> <p>Since FY 2006, 44 traditionally administrative agencies have spent over $71 million on items like body armor, riot helmets and shields, cannon launchers and police firearms and ammunition, according to federal spending data from watchdog group OpenTheBooks.com.</p>
  • US gives vehicles to Nigeria's army as Boko Haram launches attacks

    01/07/2016 1:50:34 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | January 07, 2016 | ap
    A statement from the U.S. Consulate in Lagos said the MRAP vehicles, valued at $11 million, were being handed over on Thursday to assist the West African country with both technical and military hardware to enable it to combat the rising challenges of regional extremism. Temitayo Famutimi of the U.S. Department of State said: "The equipment donation represents part of the continuing U.S. commitment to Nigeria and its neighbors to counter Boko Haram's senseless acts of terror and promote regional security." The United States also provides advisers, intelligence, training and logistical support to Nigerian military fighting Boko Haram as well...
  • Why Federal Agencies Don’t Have to Listen to the Government Accountability Office

    12/22/2015 4:47:09 PM PST · by detective · 2 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | December 22, 2015 | Mollie Mc Neill
    According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), it has saved taxpayers from over $74 billion of would-be government waste since 2003. Federal watchdogs, like the GAO and the federal council of inspectors general, investigate wasteful spending and give suggestions to government agencies about how to eliminate it. Here's the catch, federal agencies don't have to listen them. To address this issue, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management held a hearing to explore why government agencies rarely heed cost-cutting recommendations from watchdogs.
  • Running monkeys and typing cows, oh my!

    12/17/2015 11:26:05 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | 12-16-15 | Kenric Ward
    Government agencies spent $8 million to put 12 primates on treadmills in Texas and paid $30,000 in fines for a host of federal violations, including performing a necropsy on a baboon that was still alive. The Southwest National Primate Research Center, in San Antonio, received grants from the National Institutes of Health to run the study. Over the past decade, the facility collected nearly $70 million from various federal agencies. During the same period, the center was slapped with more than $30,000 in penalties for abuse. The U.S. Department of Agriculture identified 14 violations of the Animal Welfare Act at...
  • Report: Price of Obama getaways $70 million so far, and counting

    12/17/2015 12:23:06 PM PST · by Zakeet · 7 replies
    McClatchy ^ | December 17, 2015 | Anita Kumar
    There was the weekend trip for President Barack Obama and his daughters to New York, including a Broadway show and a private museum tour. The ski trip to Aspen, Colorado, for first lady Michelle Obama in February. And lots and lots of golf in Florida, Southern California and Martha's Vineyard, Mass. Now as the Obama family departs Friday on its annual holiday vacation to Hawaii, new estimates put the price tag of the Obamas' 2015 trips that are all or largely personal at $11.6 million for travel costs alone, according to the conservative group Judicial Watch, based on federal government...
  • Why One Congressman Voted "NO" On The Massive, Wasteful Omnibus Bill

    12/17/2015 10:44:50 AM PST · by Zakeet · 25 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | December 17, 2015
    Paul Anthony Gosar is an American Republican politician and member of the United States House of Representatives from Arizona since 2011, representing Arizona's 4th congressional district. Yesterday, Gosar took to his Facebook page to expose the reality of the massive Omnibus Spending Bill... and who is to blame... Why I Am Voting NO on the Massive Omnibus Spending Bill: Once again I find myself shaking my head at the wasteful spending in DC and a flawed process that drops thousands of pages of text on us with 48 hours to "read" and understand. I wish I could put all the...
  • Michigan Medicaid Comes with a Wal-Mart Gift Card

    08/24/2015 4:34:39 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 11 replies
    Uncover Obamacare ^ | August 24, 2015 | Kristina Ribal
    Yes, you read the headline correctly. Michigan’s Medicaid expansion program includes $50 Wal-Mart gift cards for Medicaid enrollees that “follow the doctor’s orders.” It seems that although, “the state doesn’t itself purchase or give out any Wal-Mart gift cards, their cost is baked into the Medicaid managed care contracts.” In essence, the taxpayers of Michigan are paying for $50 Wal-Mart gift cards for people on Medicaid whether they know it or not. And getting one of these gift cards is pretty easy.
  • 'Cash Strapped' VA Forgot It Had $43.1 Million Stashed Away

    06/30/2015 2:51:46 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 5 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 06/29/2015 | John Merline
    When not pleading poverty, the Department of Veterans Affairs can be awfully careless with its money.
  • SSA Paid the Dead $46.8 Million [Democrat walking-around money]

    06/25/2015 4:00:40 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 6/24/15 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The Social Security Administration (SSA) paid individuals acting as representatives for disabled beneficiaries nearly $50 million even though they were dead.An audit from the Office of Inspector General (OIG) is just the latest example of the SSA’s inability to figure out who on their rolls is still alive.The audit focused on “representative payees,” or a person who manages another’s finances due to mental or physical limitations. The OIG found that many payees acting on behalf of disability beneficiaries had died.“SSA did not ensure new representative payees were selected when current payees died,” the OIG said. “Based on our sample results,...
  • On The Brink Of Bankruptcy, Federal Disability Program Wastes Billions

    06/09/2015 2:46:15 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 35 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 06/08/2015 | John Merline
    A government audit finds that the Social Security Disability Insurance program paid out $16.8 billion in disability benefits over the past decade to about four million people who either were working, made too much money, were in prison, were dead, weren't eligible or were no longer physically or mentally disabled.
  • Amtrak lost $800M on cheeseburgers and soda [pays $3.40 for a soda, $16.15 for a cheeseburger]

    05/14/2015 2:10:50 PM PDT · by grundle · 62 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | August 2, 2012 | Joel Gehrke
    Taxpayers lost $833 million over the last decade on the food and beverages supplied by Amtrak, which managed to spend $1.70 for every dollar that received in revenue. “Over the last ten years, these losses have amounted to a staggering $833.8 million,” said Rep.John Mica, R-Fla., in a statement previewing a House hearing today. “It costs passengers $9.50 to buy a cheeseburger on Amtrak, but the cost to taxpayers is $16.15. Riders pay $2.00 for a Pepsi, but each of these sodas costs the U.S. Treasury $3.40.”"Amazon.com is currently selling 24-packs of 12 ounce Pepsi cans for $8.94 -- which...
  • Thrifty Lefties?: Media fret over missile defense waste

    04/21/2015 6:15:28 PM PDT · by Daniel Clark · 3 replies
    The Shinbone: The Frontier of the Free Press ^ | April 21, 2015 | Daniel Clark
    Thrifty Lefties?: Media fret over missile defense waste by Daniel Clark In reaction to David Willman’s April 4th Los Angeles Times article, the media have expressed alarm over wasteful missile defense spending. The report, which the Pentagon disputes, says that several failed initiatives have cost the taxpayers $10 billion over ten years. Although this only represents about one-eighth of the Missile Defense Agency budget, liberals have seized upon it to claim that our entire missile defense system is a boondoggle. There are good reasons to be skeptical of the Times report. For one, it describes the Sea-Based X-Band Radar system...
  • Feds Consider Puerto Ricans Disabled Because They Speak Spanish

    04/06/2015 12:56:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 60 replies
    The Washingon Free Beacon ^ | April 6, 2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    95 percent of Puerto Ricans speak SpanishThe Social Security Administration (SSA) approved disability benefits for hundreds of Puerto Ricans because they do not speak English, despite the fact that Puerto Rico is a predominantly Spanish-speaking territory.According to a new audit by the Office of Inspector General (OIG), the agency is misapplying rules that are intended to provide financial assistance to individuals who are illiterate or cannot speak English in the United States. Under the rules, Puerto Ricans are allowed to receive disability benefits for their inability to speak English as well.“We found the Agency did not make exceptions regarding the...