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Top 10 dumbest things the U.S. government is spending our tax money on

Updated on November 11, 2013
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10 tremendously idiotic ways to spend other people's hard earned money

The government seems so inclined to raise taxes more and more every year. They're now way higher than they were before the revolutionary war. Well have you ever really stopped to look at some of the stupid, ridiculous, and incomprehensible things that they spend money on? It is absolutely mind-boggling and staggering. I've compiled a list of the top ten stupidest expenditures (in my opinion) that I've found through research on the internet.

10. The federal government spends 25 billion dollars a year to maintain buildings that are either unused or vacant. That's right, $25 billion. That's enough money for 225,002,272,727.27 gallons of treated tap water for dehydrated children, or more money for medical research. Who knows, we could find the cure for cancer or AIDS.

9. U.S. citizens with a lot of arable land are given a total of $2 billion a year for not farming their land. How is this right? It benefits people who are already wealthy and who probably weren't going to farm anyway. Just so the government can keep the supply lower and the prices of crops higher for Americans? Basically we're paying taxes for higher grocery prices.

8. The U.S. Postal Services spent $13,500 on a single dinner at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse. Was the cow slaughtered and cooked right in front of them? Were there bits of panther in their steak? Were they feeding the entire Green Bay Packer's football team? These ideas are about as plausible as that payment is.

7. The Obama administration wants to spend between 16 and 20 million dollars helping Indonesian students get Masters degrees. I really get sick of all this liberal BS. I mean that's great if we can help out some other countries, but not when we have the worse national debt in the history of the planet Earth. We're in absolutely no position to be throwing that kind of money around right now, it's so illogical. I mean why can't we just look out for number one for a while? Nobody seems too quick to spend 16 to 20 million dollars on our country's people.

6. The U.S. government spent $2.6 million to train Chinese prostitutes to drink responsibly. Isn't this kind of ironic considering we owe China more money than any other nation in the world? Can't they just use the payments we're already paying them to teach their prostitutes proper drinking habits? This isn't Elmo's World here, we have homeless, American children that can't afford to eat here. Why not contribute 17.8 million dollars to some local soup kitchens? This is madness.

5. The United States of America is spending $750,000 on a new soccer field for prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. When did the ruthless terrorists who try to savagely murder Americans become worthy of our hard-earned tax dollars? These are the guys who strap bombs on their chests and run in to school buildings. Not that they deserve it, but $750,000 seems awfully steep for a soccer field. I consider any large plain of grass to be a soccer field. Did they include a big screen equipped with instant replay and 3D technology, or what?

4. The National Institutes of Health spent $442,340 to study the behavior of male prostitutes in Vietnam. I'm no scientist or politician or anything, but I'd say their behavior is probably very prostitute-like. Their dietary habits consist mostly of rice and they're at a higher risk for STD's than most people. That didn't cost a dime. Who cares how vietnamese hookers act!? They live in Vietnam!

3. The U.S. military spent $998,798 shipping two 19-cent washers from South Carolina to Texas and $293,451 shipping one 89-cent washer from South Carolina to Florida. Wow, all they need is some bread now and they'll have a bologna sandwich. How is that even physically or economically possible? In all fairness the washers could have been part of a massive, death machine laser of great importance. Just kidding, that's highly unlikely

2. The National Instutes of Health paid researchers $400,000 to deduce why gay men in Argentina engage in risky sexual behavior when they're drunk. Jee, I don't know. It might be because they're drunk. I want to pay a researcher $400,000 to find out why gay men in Argentina have any relevancy whatsoever to American foreign policy goals.

1. The U.S. government spent $175,587 "to determine if cocaine makes japanese quail engage in sexually risky behavior". Take some time to process that one...Maybe instead of using our money to synthesize cocaine and test it on birds that live on the opposite side of the globe to determine whether or not they sodomize other birds when under the influence, they should use it to be psychologically examined. There is obviously something wrong there. Aren't there terrorists and mass murderers we need to catch? I think half of that money was initially given to a crack fiend along with an objective to come up with the most ludicrous, pointless, and inapplicable garbage to spend money on just because they still had some left over. Here's an idea, why don't you reimburse us?

This certainly makes you feel good to pay federal taxes, and that was only ten examples. A list of 30 can be found at http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/30-stupid-things-the-governemnt-is-spending-money-on.

Now the poor can't pay taxes half of the time and the upper class can afford tax attorneys to find loopholes and get out of paying taxes (which is blatantly unconstitutional). This leaves the middle class to pay for the governments irresponsible antics. The middle class is now deteriorating as a result of this. A lot of these bizarre studies and things are probably due to the U.S. independent and federal agencies. My guess is that if the agencies don't spend all of their budget money it'll get cut the following year. So they probably come up with whatever bull crap they can to keep their budgets high, and its preposterous considering that our debt is almost at 16 trillion and rising every day. China is already ahead of us in an economic and technological sense. If that's not a wake-up call I don't know what is.


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      Davesworld 5 years ago from Cottage Grove, MN 55016

      A few years ago the government funded a study to determine why Peruvian women continued to have children. The study;s conclusion, the women continue to have sex. I could have saved the government a bundle.

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      robottears 5 years ago from United States of America, Pennsylvania

      Yeah. It really is unbelievable some of this stuff they're doing with tax money, and continue to do. It's aggravating.

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      Sheila 5 years ago from Surprise Arizona - formerly resided in Washington State

      Great but depressing Hub robottears. It is infuriating that we have such idiots making decisions with taxpayer funds.... We need to keep spreading the word.

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      robottears 5 years ago from United States of America, Pennsylvania

      Agreed Conservative Lady. I mean things are really going downhill economically and loyal american tax payers are getting frustrated. We're gettin' stabbed in the back here. It's blasphemy. I honestly believe there's going to be a revolution in this country if nothing dractically changes. Maybe not in the next 10 or 20 years, but eventually.

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      Becky Bruce 5 years ago from San Diego, CA

      Interesting facts!

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      Ugly Honest 5 years ago from Within the New York/DC Megalopolis

      Yes, Yes, Yes Up and Useful !!!

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      robottears 5 years ago from United States of America, Pennsylvania

      Thanks!!!

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      David 4 years ago

      What facts?!? You have made assertions, but have no links to the reports, studies, etc. that substantiate them. Before you - or anyone - get incensed, please provide specifics.

      I have checked a handful of your stipulations and well, most of them don't stand up to scrutiny or at least you haven't told the whole story.

      Before you get your panties in a bunch, try getting the full story, not just some sensationalized version of it that fits your narrative.

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      robottears 4 years ago from United States of America, Pennsylvania

      Wow, I heard the rumors that the government was monitoring hubpages, but I never expected to hear from them.

      Did you happen to check the link I provided within my article? I would say the only one here with their "panties in a bunch" is you sir, taking in to consideration your accusatory, disdainful tone. Are you that naïve to think our government isn't capable of doing the things listed above?

      Americans, including myself, have a right to be angry about the way our hard-earned money is spent. I'm not saying there aren't useful things the government spends money on, because there certainly are. But even if one million dollars of tax money is spent on something useless, that's still unacceptable in my mind. Imagine how much one million dollars could do for the poor, or the sick.

      So in summary, even if half of the above allegations are true, that's still too many. Even though they're most definitely all true. Just in case you missed the link I provided it's http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/30-stupi... This link includes additional links with in the text that lead to reliable news/research institution sources.

      For someone with such a matter-of-fact attitude, you certainly don't do thorough research, sir.

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      RavenBiker 4 years ago from Pittsburgh, PA.

      I agree with David. The source used is at best questionable---mainly because it is one source.

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      robottears 4 years ago from United States of America, Pennsylvania

      After reaching the source you'll notice that there is a highlighted word, or number, in each point. Upon clicking these you will find that each expenditure is substantially supported through reliable sources. Either corporate news stations like CNN, or a direct source (such as senator Tom Coburn as seen here http://www.coburn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?a=Fi... ). You just have to do some deeper digging sir, to see that these are in fact true. I know that these things are very outrageous and hard to believe, but the evidence is available to the public if its simply looked for in the right places.

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      RavenBiker 4 years ago from Pittsburgh, PA.

      ...forgot to add: The site had a lot of advertising.

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      robottears 4 years ago from United States of America, Pennsylvania

      Why is that relevant?

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      robottears 4 years ago from United States of America, Pennsylvania

      Why is that relevant?

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      RavenBiker 4 years ago from Pittsburgh, PA.

      I personally don't trust overly paid for news.

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      Mudslide 4 years ago

      The unfortunate thing is we all know how this inept government of ours wastes so much of our hard earned money, yet we keep re-electing the same self-servers term after term who are responsible for the waste... Go figure.

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      CarolAnnHeadrick 4 years ago

      The government is extremely generous with our tax dollars for the inane and absurd. But make a 1% cut to the budget and Obama announces to the world that he doesn't have the money for security.

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      Vj 4 years ago

      You handled the argument without insulting or scapegoating.

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 4 years ago

      are you serious about your facts here? What is your sources? If what you have stated is factual of the 10 ways this country is wasting money. Then this is a SIN! What happened to helping our military men and women with mental health care, jobs and medical expenses? What happened to helping small business owners? Another thing is the crazy credit score b.s. There are many people who has a score that use to be in the 700's, and because of the recession, it has now dropped to the mid 500's or 600 something. Yea, interest rates are low but how many can't benefit because of the credit scores? You have made some great arguments here.

      Voted up +++ tweeted and shared. way to go. :)

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      Truth Please 3 years ago from Inside Your Head

      Great hub! Some people just can't help but bury their heads in the sand.

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      sambuklao 2 years ago

      thx bro

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      suougibma 2 years ago

      I looked one up and found a legitimate answer. http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive...

      I would fact check the rest, but that should be the author's job... I'll just take it with a grain of salt...

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      HappyG420 23 months ago

      Ummm the postal service gets ZERO tax dollars. It subsidizes itself. Get your facts straight.

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