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Wasteful spending must stop

May 12, 2013
Larry D. Campbell, Beaman , Times-Republican

An open letter to U.S. Senator Grassley, U.S. Senator Harkin and U.S. Representative Braley.

With all due respect, how ignorant does Congress think "we the people" are? Following are a few examples of how it is possible to cut spending without harming a single person:

The Department of Agriculture's Office if the Chief Information Officer funded a $2 million intern program. Only one intern was hired full time as a result.

The Internal Revenue Service stored 22,486 items of unused furniture in a warehouse at an annual cost of $862,000.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs funded a fish hatchery that never saw a fish hatch for 14 years, continuing funding even after the land had been converted to office space.

The Rural Business Enterprise Grant Program gave $55,000 to a New York State dairy farm to package its butter in smaller, 8-ounce containers.

A grant totaling $25,000 was used to transcribe a Maldivian love ballad.

Taxpayers funded a National Institutes of Health study costing $55,382 in 2011, and$170,000 over three years, to study the hookah smoking habits of Jordanian university students.

Federally subsidized Amtrak lost $84.5 million on its food and beverage services in 2011, and $833.8 million over the past ten years. It has never broke even on these services.

In fiscal year 2010, the federal government spent nearly $1.7 billion to maintain 77,700 underused or unused buildings.

My question is, what are you doing to put an end to the wasteful spending that is going on in the federal government?

 
 

 

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