Senator Tom Coburn just released a report of government wasteful spending. I often wonder what we could find if 'We the People' hired a company to find and eradicate all government waste...
These are two that I found particularly horrible:
Lawmakers secured $273,000 for a program in Blue Springs, Mo., aimed at fighting Goth culture.
Fighting Goth culture? 8.4 million jobs lost and we're using precious tax dollars to fight kids from wearing all black...and listening to The Sisters of Mercy?
This is the handiwork of a Republican: US Rep Sam Graves
"Congress refused to return the money, and that spring the watchdog group Citizens Against Government Waste singled out the goth grant as one of the worst examples of pork-barrel spending its staff had encountered as it filtered through thousands for its 2002 Pig Book. Soon, media across the nation were mocking the grant, with editorials suggesting, among other things, that the federal government could save a lot of money by simply buying goth kids bright clothes and happy music.
But Graves and officials from the Youth Outreach Unit (an office run by the city of Blue Springs and its police department), which had requested the grant, responded that goth culture posed a serious threat to Blue Springs. "It is my hope that this funding will give the officers in the Youth Outreach Unit the tools they need to identify goth culture leaders that are preying on our kids," Graves stated in a press release. And Blue Springs Youth Outreach Unit officer Colby Lalli hinted to the AP reporter that goth killers were roaming the streets in Blue Springs. "It's not just the clothes they wear. We're seeing kids on the unit, whether it be suicide or homicide, they're just one more culture in our community that is at big risk, and we need to deal with that," Lalli said.
"About 35 students have been identified with the goth culture," a Graves spokesman told the Ledger-Enquirer newspaper in Columbus, Georgia. "They're doing self-mutilation, animal sacrifices, the sort of violent behavior and drug use that possibly could lead up to what happened at Columbine in 1999 with Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris." (source)
The other one:
Taxpayers to Pay $27M for Lowercase Street Signs in NYC
"The Federal Highway Administration is requiring the city's Department of Transportation to change uppercase letters to a combination of upper and lower, saying it will improve safety. The administration says studies show motorists find it easier to read lowercase signs.
Municipalities across the country are also expected to comply with the changes, and will have until 2018 to do so."
Mayor Bloomberg claims he knows nothing about this Really?