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Old 02-28-2013, 02:20 AM
 
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As tens of millions of American families find themselves suffering through the worst economic downturn in modern history, the U.S. government continues to spend money on some of the craziest and most frivolous things imaginable.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs spent $175 million during 2010 to maintain hundreds of buildings that it does not even use. This includes a pink, octagonal monkey house in the city of Dayton, Ohio.

The U.S. government is spending $750,000 on a new soccer field for detainees held at Guantanamo Bay.

The Obama administration plans to spend between 16 and 20 million dollars helping students from Indonesia get masterís degrees. U.S. pays for Indonesians’ master’s degrees

The federal government has shelled out $3 million to researchers at the University of California at Irvine to fund their research on video games such as World of Warcraft.
Grateful Dead, zoo poetry top 2010 wasteful spending

The U.S. government once spent 2.6 million dollars to train Chinese prostitutes to drink responsibly.
$2.6 Million Spent To Train Chinese Prostitutes To Drink Responsibly
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Old 02-28-2013, 02:21 AM
 
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So he wants to increase taxes on us to pay for helping students from Indonesia get master’s degrees.
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Old 02-28-2013, 02:47 AM
 
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"So here is my take, if we just shut down most US military bases in Japan we could save $55 billion, more or less. If we shut down two thirds of the “small bases”, we could save two trillion dollars!"

Cut Cost of U.S. Military Bases

Want to explain why we still have basis in Europe that exist for the SOLE PURPOSE of protecting western Europe from a Soviet Union that no longer exists?
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Old 02-28-2013, 02:51 AM
 
Location: Pine Grove,AL
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So he wants to increase taxes on us to pay for helping students from Indonesia get masterís degrees.
they are already getting those degrees, the money mentioned is basically going to study the impact.

however, none of that matters as that money should be used for our children.
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Old 02-28-2013, 03:17 AM
 
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Stories like these make the case for very limited government.
The money squandered should be left in workers paychecks to be spent spent on things that may actually improve their qualty of life
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Old 02-28-2013, 04:05 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth Texas
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"So here is my take, if we just shut down most US military bases in Japan we could save $55 billion, more or less. If we shut down two thirds of the ďsmall basesĒ, we could save two trillion dollars!"

Cut Cost of U.S. Military Bases

Want to explain why we still have basis in Europe that exist for the SOLE PURPOSE of protecting western Europe from a Soviet Union that no longer exists?
Isolationism does not make for a safer country and cutting those bases also means less jobs and more people home on food stamps
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Old 02-28-2013, 04:10 AM
 
Location: Sango, TN
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Isolationism does not make for a safer country and cutting those bases also means less jobs and more people home on food stamps
No, it means a plentiful labor source. McDonalds is hiring right now, but many folks won't work there because its beneath them.

And if you want to keep the soldiers employed, fine, but have them employed here. Plenty if aging, underused military bases here at home that could be retrofitted and improved. Have them stationed here.

The rest of the world can wage war, I don't care.
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Old 02-28-2013, 07:04 AM
 
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As tens of millions of American families find themselves suffering through the worst economic downturn in modern history, the U.S. government continues to spend money on some of the craziest and most frivolous things imaginable.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs spent $175 million during 2010 to maintain hundreds of buildings that it does not even use. This includes a pink, octagonal monkey house in the city of Dayton, Ohio.

The U.S. government is spending $750,000 on a new soccer field for detainees held at Guantanamo Bay.

The Obama administration plans to spend between 16 and 20 million dollars helping students from Indonesia get masterís degrees. U.S. pays for Indonesiansí masterís degrees

The federal government has shelled out $3 million to researchers at the University of California at Irvine to fund their research on video games such as World of Warcraft.
Grateful Dead, zoo poetry top 2010 wasteful spending

The U.S. government once spent 2.6 million dollars to train Chinese prostitutes to drink responsibly.
$2.6 Million Spent To Train Chinese Prostitutes To Drink Responsibly


What gets lost in discussions about the federal budget is what the US actually spends the vast majority of the money.

Also conservatives have this horrible/dishonest habit of just naming a program and listing how much is spent on the program without explaining why it is wasteful. This is the wrong way to govern. Not withstanding that the programs they cite are teeny tiny and have nothing to do with where our government actually spends. The question should always be is this program useful.
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Old 02-28-2013, 07:12 AM
 
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Isolationism does not make for a safer country and cutting those bases also means less jobs and more people home on food stamps
Because we are loved today? Who is constantly threatening Switzerland? No, we are taken for granted today.
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Old 02-28-2013, 07:12 AM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Default Stupid Things Government Spends money on

Taxpayer subsidies for big oil comes to mind for some reason.

Exxon reports profit of nearly $16 billion - Jul. 26, 2012
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