If I ran my household budget the way our government runs our country’s budget, then I would be homeless and penniless in less than a month.
Our elected officials have a problem doing their jobs and passing a “real” budget that actually contains spending within the limits of incoming funds (i.e. taxes from you and me). Both Democrats and Republicans constantly kick the budget can down the road, passing stopgap measures only when there is a threat of government shutdown.
I thought we Americans elected intelligent, focused individuals to run our government. But if they can’t even maintain a credible budget or spending plan, I would have to question that intelligence and wonder what is keeping them from protecting our interests instead of spending money like a drunken sailor on the most incredulous projects.
I hear a lot of complaints about the Benghazi investigating committee and how much money it is costing the American taxpayers. But I never hear complaints about the fact that the government has spent more on origami condoms and fat lesbian studies than it has on the Benghazi committee. That’s right, “origami condoms” and “fat lesbian studies.” I’m not making this up. Approximately $5,998,407.000 ($6 million) was paid to an accused conman to finance his condom “inventions” and to study why the majority of lesbians are overweight. What?
Our government, with our taxpayer dollars, also paid $43 million to have a gas station built in Afghanistan, when the average cost to build such a station is only $500,000. The Pentagon has no explanation for where the funds went. The Pentagon originally awarded the contractor, Central Asian Engineering, $3 million to build the gas station. The project took three years to complete and ended up costing $42,718.739.00, with $12.3 million recorded as direct costs and $30 million to “overhead.” Sounds like somebody’s pockets have been well lined with our money.
The U.S. government also paid an Afghan construction firm nearly $500,000 in 2012 to build an Afghan police training center. The building began to disintegrate four months after completion because of rain. Yep, you read that correctly. The bricks were made mostly of sand, with little clay to prevent them from turning to mud when wet. And you and I paid for this useless building while the construction firm walked away with our money. To make matters worse, Rep. Steve Russell (R-OK) advises that the builder remains eligible to receive more U.S. taxpayer dollars. Insanity.
Another example of poor money management comes in the form of our government paying a nonprofit contractor $1.1 million for staff parties and retreats at the height of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The parties were held at lavish resorts and included free iPods, Nikon Coolpix cameras, and extreme driving classes. The contractor is currently being investigated and is suspended from receiving any further federal money.
In the private sector, a business owner is usually savvy enough to check expenses before paying for something that is not included in a business contract. Why can’t we count on our government to do the same?
Finally, our National Institutes of Health (through researchers at Columbia University) is spending over $100,000 to study disgust and disgust sensitivity. Researchers want to see if they can “successfully regulate” disgust emotions in teens in order to stop bullying. Since when have we been able to “regulate” somebody else’s emotions? And what does that say about the direction our government is taking in order to “regulate” citizens of this country by controlling our thoughts and emotions? Just stop to think about that for a moment and see if it doesn’t send a chill down your spine.
I could go on for days citing wasteful programs being funded by U.S. taxpayer dollars but you don’t have the time and I don’t have the room here. What we need to do is stand up and demand accountability from our Representatives and Senators and demand a stop to this insane wasteful spending of our tax dollars. A Federal budget must be passed and maintained in order to reduce the deficit and keep the government from raising taxes to pay for these absurd programs, or to grossly overpay for necessary programs. This must stop.