DECEMBER 30, 2010
As U.S. taxpayers dish out millions for President Obama’s lavish Hawaiian vacation crushing year-end statistics reveal unprecedented government debt and a myriad of waste that should outrage all Americans.
Let’s start with the disastrous 111th Congress because it shattered a record by accumulating more new debt ($3.22 trillion) than the first 100 congresses combined, according to U.S. Treasury figures released last week. That brings the total national debt to a whopping $13.9 trillion or about $45,000 for every person living in the U.S.
A few days before those figures were released a U.S. Senator published an astounding report on some of the government’s most wasteful spending projects in 2010. Appropriately titled “Wastebook 2010,” the 85-page document chastises Congress for finding new and extravagant ways to waste tax dollars while millions of Americans struggle to find work.
It lists too many examples to mention here, but highlights include $5.2 million for a neon sign museum in Las Vegas, $700,000 to study the effect of cow burps on organic dairies, more than $600,000 for a Minnesota Zoo to create a wolf “avatar” video game, $442,000 to study male prostitutes in Vietnam and $200,000 to research why political candidates make vague statements.
Additionally, the Department of Veterans Affairs spends $175 million annually to maintain hundreds of buildings it doesn’t use, including a pink octagonal monkey house in
As if taxpayers haven’t been exploited enough, the commander-in-chief racks up a hefty tab at a luxury beachfront retreat in
Given the current economic crisis President Obama understands that a
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