Need Wasteful Spending Examples? Use These Examples In Your Political Arguments!

Here is a (short) list of some of the projects that you should quote when making your arguments that government spending has gotten out of control. The next time you are arguing with a big-government individual, drop some of these tidbits at them, then come back and post their response for us here at  This should be fun!  Enjoy!

Wasteful Spending Examples

$600K to study what makes chimps want to throw their feces at each other (I am NOT joking)

$600K study on online dating habits

$200K study on whether tweeting and friending makes you happy

$440K to have attendants push buttons in elevators on capitol hill

$1.3 Billion in farm subsidies checks were sent to Urban addresses…including “farmers” in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Miami, Washington DC, and New York City

Over $380 million every year is spent sending politicians and bureaucrats around on non-commercial planes, even though commercial routes exist.

10 years ago, the government owned 430,000 vehicles, and the Grace Commission proposed cutting that number to 215,000 vehicles….the Government now owns 560,000 cars, trucks, and LIMOUSINES!

113K for a video game preservation center in New York

$10 million for a remake of “Sesame Street: (yes…the tv show) for Pakistan

550K for a documentary on how rock music contributed to the fall of the Soviet Union

$600 million has been accidentally paid out to dead federal employees over the last 5 years

China is our biggest debt holder, but we gave them $18 million in foreign aid in 2011

$500K for a study to see if you should trust random people’s tweets on twitter

$1.35 million to train new entrepreneurs sounds good….but it might have been cheaper if it was not in BARBADOS!

$200K for a government version of Farmville (supposedly to teach kids about nutrition)

Other projects include:

A study on whether playing Farmville on facebook helps people have more solid relationships in real life

A study on why the same teams constantly dominate March Madness

A study on whether online dating site users are racist in their dating habits



About Todd Hagopian (@ToddHagopian)

Todd Hagopian received his BA from Eastern Michigan University with a major in Political Science. After graduation, he worked as a Financial Advisor and a Bank Manager before returning to school. He attended Michigan State University, where he completed an MBA with a double-major in Finance and Marketing. Todd is now a Senior Product Development Manager for a Fortune 500 company. He frequently writes about business issues, social media strategy, and political issues that he finds important. Enjoy the blog!

Posted on September 2, 2012, in Politics and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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