Tag Archives: government waste


In a recent column by Bill McClellan in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, he suggested, as a way to cut government spending, that we eliminate military funerals for all veterans except for those who died in combat.  He states that buglers who play “Taps” make $24.50 per service and, although, not excessive, the government is just […]


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 […]


At the DNC, Julian Castro, Mayor of San Antonio, Texas, said Mitt Romney “doesn’t get it.”  According to some, Mr. Romney doesn’t relate to the “little people” because he didn’t grow up like average folks.  Well, so what?  Mitt Romney comes from money, I don’t.  I don’t want him to “get” my life; I want […]

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 […]

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 […]

Citizens Against Government Waste – Porker of the Month

I encourage anyone interested in how wasteful our government is with our money to check out the website of Citizens Against Government Waste.  Here’s their latest update: “In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day earlier this month, and in recognition of the potfuls of taxpayer gold that have been squandered on subsidizing ill-advised green energy programs, […]

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

I know, I know.  What’s another couple of million dollars in the scheme of things.  It’s just a drop in the bucket when it comes to our $15 trillion debt.  But that’s not the point.   Drops make a difference and why spend ANY money on useless programs or projects that don’t have anything to do […]

Down the Drain

“A ski museum in New Hampshire received an $86,000 federal grant to create a new exhibit telling the story of skiing from the Stone Age to present day.  The center collects and displays a wide variety of items related to the history of skiing, including equipment, films, photos, art, and clothing.  For example, visitors can […]