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According to Sen. Tom Coburn’s 2011 Wastebook, in 2010, Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop, a Pakistani arts organization, was awarded $20 million over the next four years to create 130 episodes of an indigenously produced Sesame Street. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) provided the first $10 million for the project in FY 2011. The […]

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One would think with the financial woes we’re experiencing in this country, Congress would STOP spending money it doesn’t have.  Nope. The International Center for the History of Electronic Games (ICHEG) received over $100,000 in federal funds for video game preservation. “According to the organization‘s website, it collects, studies, and interprets video games, other electronic […]

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I love the way Jay Carney has to read, not once but twice, his answer to the question why the First Lady and her two daughters couldn’t wait for the President to fly all together to Hawaii rather than taking two jets costing the taxpayers a load of money.  Why?  Because it’s not their money!  […]

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Day after day I read stories about how people are scamming the government.  Here’s another example. For the last eight years, a couple in nearby Seattle, Lyudmila Shimonova and her chiropractor husband David Silverstein, received $1200 in monthly public housing vouchers, state and federal welfare checks, state and federal disability checks and food stamps while […]

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Every one I know with a cell phone is always trying to get the best deal possible.  That’s because we pay for our own cell phones.  When it’s not your money, who cares? That’s exactly what’s happening in my state of Washington.  In our state, with a $2 billion budget shortfall over the next two […]

Down the Drain – A Prediction

The money hasn’t yet circled the bowl, but I’m predicting it will. I just read about yet another investment made by the Obama Administration two years ago, thanks to the American taxpayer, for yet another “green” idea. I guess we didn’t spend enough on Solyndra. Henrik Fisker got $529,000 in government loan guarantees to start […]

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I really wasn’t sure whether to post this under yesterday’s I See Dumb People or here under Down the Drain.  But this week’s prize goes to the Department of Justice in either case. The death penalty is legal in both Florida and Texas.  Notwithstanding that fact, this administration’s DOJ is anti-capital punishment and has given […]

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Just last month, the US Office of Personnel Management’s Inspector General, Patrick McFarland, issued a report that said that over $600 million of taxpayer money has gone to dead people. In one case, the son of a beneficiary continued to collect his father’s benefits totaling $515,000 over a period of 37 years.  Inspectors only found […]

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Recently, one of my readers was kind enough to send me a link to Clint Richardson’s website, “Reality Blog” to read an article about how much it costs to run the Senate.  With Clint’s permission, much of his article is posted here.  If you like what he has to say, be sure to give a […]

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I guess there must be a lot of  kookaloonies in Brooklyn, because one particular Kings County Hospital psychiatrist is having to put in a whole lot of overtime! Before giving you the facts, my niece is a nurse practitioner in an extremely busy neonatal intensive care unit.  She works twelve hour shifts and is exhausted […]