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Old Yesterday, 11:00 AM
 
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A short but good read regarding Pork in the Federal Budget. https://issuu.com/openthebooks/docs/...97235/60340280

It is non-partisan. From its prologue:

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In the private rooms on Capitol Hill, congressional leaders from both parties assure their colleagues there’s nowhere left to cut. They are convinced.

Our OpenTheBooks Oversight Report – Where’s the Pork? proves them wrong. As the federal debt surpassed $21 trillion this year, our first annual waste book details 50 examples of wasteful federal grants, costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars.

For example, we uncovered a

  • $183,750 grant funding a virtual reality platform to teach children in China how to cross the street.
  • We found the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) granted $2.5 million to produce “Space Racers,” an animated children’s cartoon.
  • Among the $421 billion in grants awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS): more than $200,000 for a new lubrication for condoms.
Enjoy.

Again, it is non-partisan: The “Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006” Sponsors: Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) & Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) (Public Law 109-282, 109th Congress)
  • “Is the spending in the public interest or the special interest?” – U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK)
  • “I know that restoring transparency is not only the surest way to achieve results, but also to earn back the trust in government…” – U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL)
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Old Yesterday, 12:16 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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What percentage of $21T is, oh, say, five "ten millions"?
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Old Today, 02:47 AM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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I've always been suspicious of grants, They seem to be based on the letters after the name of the applicant, and the BS expertise if the hired professional grant writer. Then I see a study that got a $500,000 grant to conduct a survey of 250 people, at a rate of two thousand dollars per respondent.
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Old Today, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Thailand
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My suspicion of Grants always falls back to the level of decorum he displayed compared to Lee at Appomattox. I don't care how much you display innate tactical genius, clean your boots.
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Old Today, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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Well, Davis would have had a lot of letters after his name in the present day, and he applied for the biggest land grant of all.
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