America—Land of Government Waste



By Sigrid Weidenweber

It pains me to write the words of the above title—I love this country! It is better than any other in the world and yet, it must be said: as a country, our government is more wasteful than most.

Like most of us, I don’t peruse the advertisements in newspapers. However, on September 24, 2018 I noticed, in the Wall Street Journal, an open letter to President Trump.  It was written by a nonpartisan “waging war on waste” organization that you can visit online at OpenThe  On one single page this group gives 100 examples of truly horrible waste of taxpayer’s money.

To entice you to inquire into the website with all the crazy, moronic and downright felonious wastes and giveaways, I will lead with a few examples of the most egregious kinds.

#1 Mistakes & Improper Payments Distributed by 20 Federal Agencies–$1.2 Trillion.

FY2004—FY2017|Congressional Research Service  

#2 Mistakes and Improper Medicare Payments–$387 Billion

FY2004—FY2017 |Health & Human Services

 #3 Federal Government Public Relations–$4.3 Billion

FY2007—Fy2014|All Federal Agencies

 #4 Use It or Lose It Spending $50 Billion

Final Week FY2017 |All federal Agencies.

 #5 Buying Booze for Embassies Around the World–$79,000

Final Week FY2017 |State Department.

Of all the Waste mentioned so far, the latter I actually could defend as an absolute necessity, having found solace in one of these embassies in a dry Muslim country.  I usually do not imbibe hard liquor but found that 14 days of strictly forbidden and enforced alcoholic abstinence raises an obsessive desire for hard drink in Americans and visiting Europeans, who abhor control of individuals’ liberty. I can state this with certainty, for everyone around me was struck with the same sudden thirst.

But back to our topic of waste.  I will now give a few examples of sheer imbecilic spending.

#6 Purchasing Fidget Spinners–$6,600

Final Week FY2017 | Department of Defense

You read right.  They have gone nuts, for they can, if they compulsively must spin something in their boring lives, twiddle their thumbs or spin paper clips around toothpicks.  Show some initiative for God’s sake, and use the material already provided. (Our editor reminded me of the fact that the Department of Defense is also in charge of the preschools and elementary schools for service members. That, perhaps is a mitigating factor but not when considered that the spinners are an enormous distraction and banned by many schools.)

#7 Using Soap Operas to Reduce HIV In Urban Black Women–$567,529

FY2016 |Mike Capuano|Massachusetts-7 |Democrat

Please, someone out there in the real world, explain to me how Soap Operas reduce HIV infections in anyone?  I think Mr. Capuano is in great need of either mental or criminal examination.

#8 Virtual Shoe-fitting—$753,502

FY2016 | Morgan Griffith |Virginia-9|Republican

This one is mind-blowing.  Has there been a demonstrable need in society to be fitted virtually into shoes?  I hope there is someone out there in the world who will document for me the necessity of this expenditure, for it will cause me sleepless nights.

I could go on and cite every wasted fund of the 100 mentioned but I am sure you got the drift, and you will inform yourself about the governmental insanity on the aforementioned website.

Let Common sense reign!

Sigrid Weidenweber grew up in communist East Berlin, escaping it using a French passport. Ms. Weindenweber holds a degree in medical technology as well as psychology and has course work in Anthropology.  She is co-founder of Aid for Afghans.  Weindenweber has traveled the world and lived with Pakistani Muslims, learning about the culture and religion. She is a published author and lecturer.

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