The year in wasteful spending: #15 – #13

December 27, 2010

As the year comes to a close, we count down the 15 most unbelievable, irresponsible, and downright wasteful examples of government overspending from the past year.

15

Cosmetic Fixes for Rodeo Drive

In May, $10 million “stimulus” dollars was used to resurface 8.1 miles of arterial roadways in the prestigious 90210 zip code of Beverly Hill, CA.

14

Mailbox or Trashcan?

$40,000 in “stimulus” funds was used to purchase 10 solar-powered, self-compacting trashcans in Bloomington, Indiana, this past April. Regrettably, many residents mistook them for mailboxes. Oops.

13

The House Always Wins

The Moehegan Sun casino hit it big in 2009, with profits of $1.3 billion. In June of 2010, the casino got lucky again – this time on the taxpayers’ dime; the casino was awarded $54 million in federal “stimulus” funds.

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18 Responses to The year in wasteful spending: #15 – #13

  1. jack says:

    Bill -

    Seriously, why the hell is the Federal Government taking tax money out of the local community and then giving it back to cities to fix roads (or trashcans)?

  2. jack says:

    Bill -

    Seriously, why the hell is the Federal Government taking tax money out of the local community and then giving it back to cities to fix roads (or trashcans)?

  3. jack says:

    Bill -

    Seriously, why the hell is the Federal Government taking tax money out of the local community and then giving it back to cities to fix roads (or trashcans)?

  4. Steven C Jacobs says:

    These are all State and local issues and have no business being funded by Federal tax dollars.

  5. Steven C Jacobs says:

    These are all State and local issues and have no business being funded by Federal tax dollars.

  6. Steven C Jacobs says:

    These are all State and local issues and have no business being funded by Federal tax dollars.

  7. John says:

    Use your head, their is not way that a 4000 dollar trash can will ever justify it cost in it’s useful life.

  8. John says:

    Use your head, their is not way that a 4000 dollar trash can will ever justify it cost in it’s useful life.

  9. John says:

    Use your head, their is not way that a 4000 dollar trash can will ever justify it cost in it’s useful life.

  10. Dave says:

    To Bill and other like-minded persons: The question is not whether any particular expenditure is good or bad, but instead, is it within the constitutional powers of the Federal government. Congress should not be social or economic architects. That’s what the free market is for. Nor should they be permitted to redistribute federal tax dollars for local projects that are the responsibility of that particular municipality. In the Rodeo Drive instance, some bureaucrat, of whom I have no control via the voting booth at all, made the judgment call that Hollywood needed “stimulus” money more than my township, which received $0. These pinheads have neither the acuity nor the integrity to make decisions like this, and regardless of their pedigree or Ivy League diploma, they never will. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Thus the founders in their wisdom crafted the 10th Amendment to prevent the very tyranny that we suffer under today. Having left a tiny loop-hole, however, the 10th has been under assault for the past century by an activist Supreme Court. For want of a nail…

  11. Dave says:

    To Bill and other like-minded persons: The question is not whether any particular expenditure is good or bad, but instead, is it within the constitutional powers of the Federal government. Congress should not be social or economic architects. That’s what the free market is for. Nor should they be permitted to redistribute federal tax dollars for local projects that are the responsibility of that particular municipality. In the Rodeo Drive instance, some bureaucrat, of whom I have no control via the voting booth at all, made the judgment call that Hollywood needed “stimulus” money more than my township, which received $0. These pinheads have neither the acuity nor the integrity to make decisions like this, and regardless of their pedigree or Ivy League diploma, they never will. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Thus the founders in their wisdom crafted the 10th Amendment to prevent the very tyranny that we suffer under today. Having left a tiny loop-hole, however, the 10th has been under assault for the past century by an activist Supreme Court. For want of a nail…

  12. Dave says:

    To Bill and other like-minded persons: The question is not whether any particular expenditure is good or bad, but instead, is it within the constitutional powers of the Federal government. Congress should not be social or economic architects. That’s what the free market is for. Nor should they be permitted to redistribute federal tax dollars for local projects that are the responsibility of that particular municipality. In the Rodeo Drive instance, some bureaucrat, of whom I have no control via the voting booth at all, made the judgment call that Hollywood needed “stimulus” money more than my township, which received $0. These pinheads have neither the acuity nor the integrity to make decisions like this, and regardless of their pedigree or Ivy League diploma, they never will. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Thus the founders in their wisdom crafted the 10th Amendment to prevent the very tyranny that we suffer under today. Having left a tiny loop-hole, however, the 10th has been under assault for the past century by an activist Supreme Court. For want of a nail…

  13. Karl says:

    I can’t wait until you get to ongoing occupation of Afghanistan. Trying to conquer that country has bankrupted more than one previous empires.

  14. Karl says:

    I can’t wait until you get to ongoing occupation of Afghanistan. Trying to conquer that country has bankrupted more than one previous empires.

  15. Karl says:

    I can’t wait until you get to ongoing occupation of Afghanistan. Trying to conquer that country has bankrupted more than one previous empires.

  16. Lewis A. Wagoner says:

    Stimulus is just what it says it is. If it put 100 laborers, 50 truck drivers, 5 flagmen and countless cement workers, engineers and assorted others to work. Thats the name of the game if the city of Hollywood, Beverly Hills or where ever put men to work. Thats your government at work and thats what you elected them to do. If your local government is not listenin then thats changeable at the next election. Hooray for the Mayor up in Jersey getting out and doing the work and urging volunteers to help.

  17. Lewis A. Wagoner says:

    Stimulus is just what it says it is. If it put 100 laborers, 50 truck drivers, 5 flagmen and countless cement workers, engineers and assorted others to work. Thats the name of the game if the city of Hollywood, Beverly Hills or where ever put men to work. Thats your government at work and thats what you elected them to do. If your local government is not listenin then thats changeable at the next election. Hooray for the Mayor up in Jersey getting out and doing the work and urging volunteers to help.

  18. Lewis A. Wagoner says:

    Stimulus is just what it says it is. If it put 100 laborers, 50 truck drivers, 5 flagmen and countless cement workers, engineers and assorted others to work. Thats the name of the game if the city of Hollywood, Beverly Hills or where ever put men to work. Thats your government at work and thats what you elected them to do. If your local government is not listenin then thats changeable at the next election. Hooray for the Mayor up in Jersey getting out and doing the work and urging volunteers to help.

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