Cancelled Senate report into how bad obozo really is

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    Introduction..................................................................................................................................1
    1. Politicians Partying on the Taxpayer Dime – (Presidential Election Campaign
    Fund) $35.38 Million………………………………………………………….…..………………………………………..3
    2. Mangled Mango Effort Could Hurt Farmers It Meant to Help – (Pakistan)
    $30 Million…………………………………………………………………………………………………..…….………………4
    3. Poor Planning Hobbles Air Force Green Energy Effort – (Department of
    Defense) $14 Million…………………………………………………………………………………………………………5
    4. Subsidy Program for Small Airports Fails to Help Most Recipients Achieve
    Sustainable Air Service – (Federal Aviation Administration)
    $6 Million……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………6
    5. Paying for Pancakes – (Washington, D.C.) $765,828……….………….…………………………..7
    6. The Super-Bridge to Nowhere – (Alaska) $15.3 Million………………………………………….8
    7. Dead Federal Employees Continue to Get Benefits Checks – (U.S. Office of
    Personnel Management) $120 Million ………………………………………….……………………………..9
    8. Extreme Home Makeover: Federal Highway Funds to Transform Abandoned
    ―Rock House‖ into Visitors Center – (Oklahoma) $529,689………………………………….10
    9. Video Game Preservation – (New York) $113,277………………………………………………….…11
    10. Millions In Foreign Aid to… China? – (Department of State & U.S. Agency for
    International Development) $17.80 Million …………………………………………………….………12

    Dear Taxpayer,
    Robot dragons, video games, Christmas trees, snow cone machines, and chocolate.
    This is not a Christmas wish list. These are just some of the ways the federal government spent
    your tax dollars this year.
    Over the past 12 months, Washington politicians
    argued, debated and lamented about how to reign
    in the federal government‘s out of control spending.
    All the while, Washington was on a shopping
    binge, spending money we do not have on things
    we do not need, like the $6.9 billion worth of
    examples provided in this report. The result:
    Instead of cutting wasteful spending, nearly $2.5
    billion was added each day in 2011 to our national
    debt,
    1
    which now exceeds $15 trillion.
    Congress deadlocked over whether or not savings
    could be found by closing loopholes within the
    complex tax code. Meanwhile, the IRS approved
    roughly $1 billion in tax credits intended for energy
    efficiency home improvements to individuals who
    did not even own a house. These recipients
    included prisoners and children, some probably not
    even old enough to own a doll house.
    While Congress bickered over whether or not the
    salaries of federal employees should be frozen, the
    federal government paid $120 million to federal
    employees who were deceased.
    Congress cannot now even agree on a plan to pay for the costs of extending jobless benefits to
    the millions of Americans who are still out of work. Yet, thousands of millionaires are receiving
    unemployment benefits and billions of dollars of improper payments of unemployment
    insurance are being made to individuals with jobs and others who do not qualify.
    And remember those infamous bridges to nowhere in Alaska that became symbols of
    government waste years ago? The bridges were never built, yet the federal government still
    spent more than a million dollars just this year to pay for staff to promote one of the bridges.
    Drowning in red ink, Congress refused to agree to reduce, cut, or eliminate any of these
    Washington monuments of government waste.

    President Obama‘s debt commission did issue recommendations to reduce the deficit by more
    than $3.5 trillion over the next decade. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a
    report identifying over $200 billion in unnecessary, duplicative programs. But these suggestions
    and others were ignored by both chambers of Congress and the President.
    Congress‘s deficit of courage to make tough budget decisions is best reflected by what it did
    agree to. The so-called Budget Control Act approved adding more than $2 trillion to the nation‘s
    already staggering debt. The Super Committee it created to address the debt crisis was a super
    disappointment. And, the House and Senate
    appropriations committees also agreed to slash the
    budget of GAO, the one government agency that
    distinguished itself by identifying hundreds of billions
    of dollars in budget savings.
    This report details 100 of the countless unnecessary,
    duplicative, or just plain stupid projects spread
    throughout the federal government and paid for with
    your tax dollars this year that highlight the out-ofcontrol and shortsighted spending excesses in
    Washington.
    So perhaps there was no bigger waste of the
    taxpayer‘s money in 2011 than Congress itself. The
    dismal 9 percent approval rating, the lowest ever
    recorded, would indicate the vast majority of
    Americans would agree.
    The year 2011 will be remembered as a period of unrest as outraged Americans of all political
    stripes—tea party patriots on the right and Occupy Wall Street activists on the left—took to
    the streets in anger and disgust with the direction of our nation. As you look at these examples,
    regardless of your personal political persuasion, ask yourself: Would you agree with
    Washington these represent national priorities or would you agree these reflect the wasteful
    spending habits that threaten to bankrupt the future of the American Dream?


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