Friday, December 20, 2013

Some of the Ways Congress Throws Away YOUR Money

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NASA Searches for Signs of Intelligent Life … in Congress – (NASA) $3 million

One of NASA’s next research missions won’t be exploring an alien planet or distant galaxy. Instead, the space agency is spending $3 million to go to Washington, D.C. and study one of the greatest mysteries in the universe—how Congress works.

NASA’s Little Green Man (NASA) -- $390,000

Since NASA is no longer conducting space flights, they have plenty of time and money to fund a YouTube TV show and cartoon series called “Green Ninja” in which a man dressed in a Green Ninja costume teaches children about global warming.
Source: Office of Senator Coburn

My favorite involves pizza!
NASA spent $124,955 to develop pizza that can be printed on a 3-D printer. It already pays Lockheed Martin $1 million a year to develop food for a Mars mission that isn't happening for several decades.
Some other choice ways your money is being pissed away:
The National Endowment for the Arts spent $10,000 on a pole-dancing performance art project in Austin.

The Internal Revenue Service granted 19 Nevada brothels standard business tax deductions for expenses including breast implants and sex toys.
 Some in Congress will probably go to Nevada and check out in person whether or not those breast implants are legit!

More craziness, courtesy of your reps in DC. The ones below are in a PDF format.
As the Smithsonian was closing exhibits at its world renowned museums,6 the federal government was funding the creation of “play zones” at the National Museum of Play, an inventory of toys at the Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys, and a website celebrating romance novels.

And just days before the impending shutdown, when much of Washington was bracing for a protracted closure of most government offices and activities, USDA decided to celebrate Christmas early by funding six Christmas trees projects and—in the spirit of holiday cheer—35 different wine initiatives, including the creation of two smart phone apps to help “navigate to the next winery.”

This year more than 100 individuals or families received loan guarantees for $500,000 or more from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to purchase a residence in Hawaii. If these new homeowners later cannot afford their new homes, it’s no problem; the federal government will protect the banks from losses by repaying 90 percent of the loans.
And more!
$15,000 to collect thousands of gallons of human urine and test it as a hay field fertilizer.

$566,000 paid by the U.S. Postal Service to “futurist” Faith Popcorn to envision a viable future for the post office.

NASA was criticized for several other projects, including “pillownauts” — 20 people the agency paid $18,000 each to “spend 70 days lying in bed” with their bodies slightly tilted.

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