Looking for a simple, comprehensive place to find the most egregious examples of wasteful government spending? The National Republican Congressional Committee has the destination for you: TheWasteList.com.
Think of it as the Craiglist of government of government waste.
“Rather than cut ridiculously waste like funding for Robo Squirrels and Mars Menus, Democrats are focused on scaring the American people into thinking Washington can’t cut spending,” NRCC Digital Press Secretary Nick Marcelli told The Washington Examiner. “Both Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer are on record saying Washington doesn’t have a spending problem. It’s no wonder they won’t work to cut wasteful spending. TheWasteList.com shows concrete examples of things Washington is wasting your money on every day.”
1. Taxpayer-funded online lawyer training – $500,000
The National Science Foundation has awarded $500,000 to an online training program for rookie attorneys.
2. Overseas vacations for athletes – $5,500,000
Taxpayers are paying $5.5 million to send professional athletes around the world for what the U.S. State Department calls “sports diplomacy.”
3. Rubber tire subsidy to billion-dollar tire company – $6,900,000
The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded a $7 million grant to study the effects of a natural rubber in tires which has already been proven questionable and is also currently being tested in the private sector.
4. Taxpayer-subsidized cupcakes – $2,000,000
10 cupcake stores received $2 million in taxpayer-funded loans.
5. Moroccan pottery classes – $27,000,000
Moroccan pottery classes were part of a larger U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) project to improve economic competitiveness in Morocco.
6. Professional sports tax loopholes – $91,000,000
Professional sports organizations, such as the NFL, classify themselves as non-profit organizations to exempt themselves from federal income taxes.
7. Video game controller design – $1,500,000
Taxpayers are funding a new video game controller project at a cost of $1.5 million.