Tag Archives: government spending


Everyone’s probably heard of Solyndra but how many of you have heard of the Fisker Corporation? Two years ago, Henrik Fisker got $529,000,000 (yes, that’s $529 million) in government loan guarantees to start up his electric car company.  All the money hasn’t circled the bowl yet, but I’m predicting it will. Let’s start off with […]

Down the Drain

I didn’t even know there was such a thing as “sparkly styling spray” for dogs (which “leaves the coat with specks of shiny glitter and aroma of candy cane”) but the members of Congress do.  Yes, that’s right.  If you haven’t guessed it, you and I are subsidizing these products/companies through farm legislation. Apparently, this […]


  Call me naive.  That’s okay.  But I had no idea that individual Circuit Courts held conferences. Well, they do. It’s been reported that the famously liberal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ 2010 conference cost the taxpayers more than $657,000 in travel costs alone for 700 attendees.  Taxpayers were billed a combined $860,000 for travel […]

Pentagon Orders Study to Study Whether It Does Too Many Studies

You read that correctly.  The Pentagon has ordered a study to study whether it does too many studies. In 2010, the Pentagon launched its study of studies after it had received a large amount of studies. As a result, the Government Accountability Office reviewed this latest “study” and decided it was a flop because it […]

Taxpayer Spending Refuses to Die

Apparently, it wasn’t enough that  Democrat John Murtha made sure some $150 million taxpayer dollars was used to fund the Murtha Airport in Johnstown, PA during his lifetime as a Congressman.  Thanks to Mr. Murtha, who died more than a year ago, the airport now has a  $7 million air traffic control tower, $14 million […]

Down the Drain

According to Senator Tom Coburn, who opposes pork barrel spending on so many levels, the Department of Agriculture  announced a nearly $50,000 federal grant to a private potato chip company in New York. “According to the proposal, this money would be used to overhaul their media strategy and raise brand awareness and consumer knowledge — essentially […]

Down the Drain

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 […]


Let me start out by saying I’m not one of those size 2 gals who won’t eat a Hershey’s kiss because they’re afraid they’ll gain an ounce.  I’m a normal size 12 woman who has fought against weight gain all my adult life.  I try and watch what I eat, not always successfully, but get […]

Up in Smoke

Don’t our men and women in the military have enough problems fighting our enemies without having to worry about the safety of the equipment they’re using.  You’d think so.  But, according to a recent report by Rob Wolchek in Detroit,the military should be concerned. Tower Defense & Aerospace in Detroit touts an alcohol and drug-free […]


Minnesota, like so many states, is facing a harsh reality.  On July 1st, the government shut down and each side began blaming the other for failing to pass a budget that would solve the $5 billion deficit. What caught my attention was the story of Sonya Mills, a 39-year-old mother of eight children – six […]