The year in wasteful spending: #9 – #7

December 29, 2010

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

9

iWaste

Most schools forbid iPods, as they’re thought of as distractions. Utah administrators apparently don’t see it that way; they spent $1 million from their allotted emergency “stimulus” funds to purchase 1,600 iPod Touch devices for high school students to be used as “learning tools.”

8

The Metric Debate Continues

$1.5 million in “stimulus” funds was slated to change 400 road signs, such as highway exit signs, in Arizona from kilometers to miles. Residents in the relatively unpopulated southern corridor think the change will cause not only confusion, but also cost businesses and the service industry customers as drivers attempt to navigate the new “improved” roadway.

7

Job Creation Cost > Job Salary

In September, L.A.’s City Controller reported that they’d used $111 million in “stimulus” funds to create 55 jobs — at a cost of $2 million each. Think those 55 workers will receive holiday bonuses?

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3 Responses to The year in wasteful spending: #9 – #7

  1. M. J. Doc Dougherty says:

    Usually on board with anything which looks like imprudent not well vetted spending of funds ( likely borrowed) by the Federal Government ( please add state local and government authorities)
    However
    #9. In what world where we supply lap top and desk top computers as a learning tool would a cost effective substitute for these would not be a device ( i Pad) which performs most of these function at lower cost ?
    #8. Tongue in cheek . . . . . with all of the “undocumented workers” in Arizona and the Governor and legislative branch working so hard to round them up and send them back to Mexico Latin America the leat we can do is speak to them in a system which they understand as they exit the USA.

  2. M. J. Doc Dougherty says:

    Usually on board with anything which looks like imprudent not well vetted spending of funds ( likely borrowed) by the Federal Government ( please add state local and government authorities)
    However
    #9. In what world where we supply lap top and desk top computers as a learning tool would a cost effective substitute for these would not be a device ( i Pad) which performs most of these function at lower cost ?
    #8. Tongue in cheek . . . . . with all of the “undocumented workers” in Arizona and the Governor and legislative branch working so hard to round them up and send them back to Mexico Latin America the leat we can do is speak to them in a system which they understand as they exit the USA.

  3. M. J. Doc Dougherty says:

    Usually on board with anything which looks like imprudent not well vetted spending of funds ( likely borrowed) by the Federal Government ( please add state local and government authorities)
    However
    #9. In what world where we supply lap top and desk top computers as a learning tool would a cost effective substitute for these would not be a device ( i Pad) which performs most of these function at lower cost ?
    #8. Tongue in cheek . . . . . with all of the “undocumented workers” in Arizona and the Governor and legislative branch working so hard to round them up and send them back to Mexico Latin America the leat we can do is speak to them in a system which they understand as they exit the USA.

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