The year in wasteful spending: #3 – #1

December 31, 2010

The next installment of our countdown of the 15 most unbelievable, irresponsible, and downright wasteful examples of government overspending from the past year.

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9¢ = 5¢

The estimated cost of production for a single nickel is 9¢.  Coin compositions have become more expensive than certain coins’ denominations. Changing the outdated composition could save taxpayers an estimated $150 million annually.

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Buffalo Beauties

Union contracts ensured teachers at Buffalo public schools remain beautiful by including taxpayer-funded elective cosmetic skin procedures, such as chemical peels. City teachers used the perks to the tune of $9 million, all while the state of New York faces an anticipated $8.2 billion budget gap in 2012.

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California’s Ding-Dongs

In California, City of Bell officials became the poster children for government waste, fraud and abuse. Bell officials collected $6.8 million over the past three years by illegally raising their property taxes, sewer assessment fees and business license fees. They mismanaged tens of millions of the city taxpayers’ dollars, using much of it to pay themselves enormous salaries.

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12 Responses to The year in wasteful spending: #3 – #1

  1. George Winton says:

    w e have many goverment employees who do nothing all day every day rmoveing these people would save billions

  2. George Winton says:

    w e have many goverment employees who do nothing all day every day rmoveing these people would save billions

  3. George Winton says:

    w e have many goverment employees who do nothing all day every day rmoveing these people would save billions

  4. Charlie says:

    One of the best I’ve heard yet: (paraphrasing) We have too many government programs doing too many things that were never intended in the original law. “There are too many people riding on the bus that never bought a ticket.” That’s as close as I can remember it, but I think it’s very clear. I’ll give you an example: the social security system should never started giving payments to people who don’t want to work. To the extent they can work, people should work. My 40 yo son is on full disability because he got a lawyer to do the application for him. There are tens of thousands of people who pretend to be disabled drawing social security. This has to be stopped. These are the people who are bankrupting us. They should have to prove they are disabled every year.

  5. Charlie says:

    One of the best I’ve heard yet: (paraphrasing) We have too many government programs doing too many things that were never intended in the original law. “There are too many people riding on the bus that never bought a ticket.” That’s as close as I can remember it, but I think it’s very clear. I’ll give you an example: the social security system should never started giving payments to people who don’t want to work. To the extent they can work, people should work. My 40 yo son is on full disability because he got a lawyer to do the application for him. There are tens of thousands of people who pretend to be disabled drawing social security. This has to be stopped. These are the people who are bankrupting us. They should have to prove they are disabled every year.

  6. Charlie says:

    One of the best I’ve heard yet: (paraphrasing) We have too many government programs doing too many things that were never intended in the original law. “There are too many people riding on the bus that never bought a ticket.” That’s as close as I can remember it, but I think it’s very clear. I’ll give you an example: the social security system should never started giving payments to people who don’t want to work. To the extent they can work, people should work. My 40 yo son is on full disability because he got a lawyer to do the application for him. There are tens of thousands of people who pretend to be disabled drawing social security. This has to be stopped. These are the people who are bankrupting us. They should have to prove they are disabled every year.

  7. P Fory says:

    Charlie: Why haven’t you turned your son in?

  8. P Fory says:

    Charlie: Why haven’t you turned your son in?

  9. P Fory says:

    Charlie: Why haven’t you turned your son in?

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