October 17, 2012

More Government Idiocies

After $500 Million Spent, Uranium Project To Be Redesigned Because Equipment Won’t Fit.

“Because the space issue was discovered so late in the design process it will have a greater impact on the project, and that could affect cost, schedule and safety, he said.”

How many Chevy Volt Batteries did $150 million in government money make? (Hint: Less Than One)

The company, Compact Power, was the recipient of $150 million taxpayer dollars and millions more in tax deferments and credits. Compact Power was supposed to be building thousands of batteries for the Chevy Volt here in America. Instead, they are furloughing workers before producing a single battery, Fox News reports. Not one.

Amtrak snack bars lost $84.5 million last year; $833 million in 10 years  and other gems of wasted money from the Heritage Foundation.

In fiscal year 2010, the federal government spent nearly $1.7 billion to maintain 77,700 underused or unused buildings.
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The Department of Agriculture's Office of the Chief Information Officer funded a $2 million intern program. Only one intern was hired full time as a result.
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The Internal Revenue Service stored 22,486 items of unused furniture in a warehouse at an annual cost of $862,000.
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- The U.S. Navy bought 450,000 gallons of biofuels for $12 million, or almost $27 per gallon, to conduct exercises to showcase the fuel and bring it closer toward commercialization. It is the largest biofuel purchase ever made by the government.

Wasted Money - Senator Coburn's Wastebook 2012

$113,227 for a video game preservation center in New York, $10 million for a remake of "Sesame Street" for Pakistan, $765,828 to subsidize a "pancakes for yuppies" program in Washington, D.C., and $764,825 to study how college students use mobile devices for social networking.

 
Michigan State Police used $10,000 in federal funds to purchase 400 talking urinal cakes.

$947,000 NASA is spending to send six volunteers to Hawaii, where they will test out various space menus while simulating a mission to Mars,

And more

taxpayers are subsidizing phone service, i.e. free cell phones, at a cost of nearly $1.5 billion a year.

$325,000 grant for the development of "Robosquirrel" - a robotic rodent designed to test the interaction between rattlesnakes and squirrels

An estimated $70 million loss for producing pennies.

Nearly $700,000 from the National Science Foundation to a New York-based theater company so it could develop a musical about climate change and biodiversity. "

A $1.2 million National Science Foundation helped pay for a study which asked 39 adults ages 60 to 77 to play “World of Warcraft” for two hours a day over two weeks.

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