Most know that the U.S. federal government is not the arbiter of wise spending practices, but most probably didn’t know it was this bad. Here is a list of 20 examples that the government is wasting Americans' hard-earned tax dollars.
The Department of the Interior spends $76 million annually on rounding up wild horses on public land. The Bureau of Land Management spends more money on maintaining temporary corrals than actually catching the horses. There are more wild horses living in captivity than actually in the wild.
In 2013, $10,000 was spent by the Department of Justice on a Hartford Police Department pizza party. The Judiciary Committee has formally asked the DOJ to explain, but have not received any reply.
The DOJ treats its political appointees very nicely. From 2007 to 2011 the DOJ spent more than $11 million on luxury private jets. The attorney general took 28 percent of these luxurious trips.
DOJ conferences have cost Americans $100 million in 2010 alone. I’m sure the luxurious travel options are a big incentive to attend these conferences.
American taxpayers forked over $1.5 million to the FBI’s Investigative Publicity and Public Affairs Unit to help Hollywood make movies and TV shows. Among others the FBI aided in accuracy are “The Kingdom,” “CSI” and “Fast and Furious 4.”
Some say that a well-landscaped downtown is more attractive than just cement and windows. The government apparently thinks this is important as well, since it gave the city of Boston $1 million for “urban gardening.”
Those who advocate for stronger oversight at the IRS may be on to something. In 2012, it paid out $11 billion wrongful refunds. Now, that’s a stimulus package.
Medicaid has an audit program that the IRS apparently doesn’t have, but something isn’t computing properly. The Medicaid audit program, which is designed to identify overpayments, costs $30 million more than it generates.
Even if people don’t agree with Obamacare they're still paying for its PR campaign. The Obama administration spent $8 million of taxpayer money on a contract to promote the controversial law.
Like puppets? Even if a person is afraid of them his or her taxpayer money is being spent on them. In 2013, the U.S. government spent roughly $1.1 million on “puppetry-related” expenses.
A stagnant unemployment rate and a motionless economy has left a lot of bank accounts empty. Apparently the government has that problem as well because it plans on spending $890,000 on service fees for 13,712 empty bank accounts.
Dali? Van Gogh? Are you an oil painting connoisseur? Well, some “obscure” officials appointed by the Obama administration are because the administration spent $400,000 on paintings for them.
Food stamps are not to be used on such things as alcohol and condoms, but apparently the SNAP program didn’t make that clear. A total of $4.5 billion was wrongfully spent on such items in 2012.
If a person is unemployed he or she can apply for unemployment benefits, but apparently the government can’t differentiate between those really out of work and scammers. They lost $3.3 billion in 2013 on unemployment fraud.
The healthcare law not only wants a person to stay healthy, but also to learn “pickleball.” It authorized a grant in North Carolina to spend $400,000 on such things as “pickleball.”
In Utah, residents are well aware of the environmental concerns surrounding car emissions and so some chose a bike over car to try and help. Well, the government wants to improve the walking and biking environment, giving the city of Seattle a $3 million grant to do so. Didn't the training wheels come off a long time ago?
Apparently “sports diplomacy” is something the government deems it needs to spend taxpayer dollars on. It spent $5.5 million to shuttle professional athletes around the world on vacations.
The country has come a long way since the days of prohibition. Now, the U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to promote booze. It awarded a $99,000 grant to a New York distillery with the hopes that more vodka and bourbon will be produced.
PepsiCo’s tasty beverages are adored by billions worldwide, resulting in record profits for the world’s largest snack maker. However, it evidently needed some economic stimulus because the U.S. Department of Agriculture spent $1.3 million to help PepsiCo build a yogurt factory.
There are a lot of people in America that think we should ditch the penny. Seemingly, the government disagrees because they spent $70 million on penny production in 2012, costing almost two times its value.