Top Ten Things the Government Wasted Taxpayer Money On
Wondering what happens to your tax money?
So let's all ignore for a second the taxpayer money he spent paying his staff to put it together and focus on what's inside. According to Townhall / Tom Coburn here are 10 of the worst things the government has blown money on in the past year.
1.) Moroccan pottery classes. The U.S. has spent $27 MILLION on a project to train people in Morocco to design and sell pottery at home and abroad. The classes suffered from language barriers with American teachers and flopped.
2.) Robot squirrels. A part of a $325,000 grant was spent on a study that built a robotic squirrel to see how snakes would react to it.
3.) Making pennies. In 2012, the cost to produce one penny was . . . two cents. And even though no one uses pennies anymore and making them is clearly inefficient, the government spent at least $120 MILLION making them.
4.) Pet shampoo. A pet care company in Nebraska got $505,000 from a community development block grant to help install machines that make pet shampoo and toothpaste.
5.) Food stamps for the dead. At least 2,000 dead people received food stamps last year . . . and that's just in New York and Massachusetts.
6.) The size of golf holes. Purdue University used part of a $350,000 grant on a study that concluded if golfers imagined they were putting into larger holes, they were more successful.
7.) Better tasting beef jerky. The Pentagon has spent more than $1.5 MILLION trying to create a better-tasting beef jerky for soldiers.
8.) The attractiveness of female fruit flies. More than $900,000 went toward a study that found female fruit flies lose their looks as they get older, and are less attractive to male fruit flies.
9.) Food for Mars. Even though there's no plan to send people to Mars for at least two decades, NASA spent $1 MILLION developing recipes that could be eaten on Mars . . . including pizza and vegetarian options.
10.) Gaydar. A $30,000 grant went to a study at the University of Washington to test if gaydar was real. They found people identify gay men's faces correctly 57% of the time, and lesbian women's faces correctly 65%.