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    Keep reading of the creative ways govt finds to spend taxpayers' money. Maybe we should start a running tally?

    $400,000 ... Homeland Security, as part of its agency-wide Health & Wellness program, provides deluxe gym memberships for ICE desk jockeys in its DC office.
    access/membership to a fully comprehensive state-of-the-art health club facility,”
    This is to boost morale & improve working conditions. That's for 236 people, or $1694/employee. The fellas actually out there catching bad guys get enough exercise, I guess, on their jobs.
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    http://freebeacon.com/issues/report-...res-breweries/
    Cutting this program's $3.5 billion, since there are MANY other programs that provide grants that duplicate this one's goals, should be a no-brainer.

    It's major loophole is that while it was "supposed" to be a program to stimulate jobs in low-income places, the actual wording of the program doesn't eliminate ANY locale from using the grants. At one point, it cost $33 billion!
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    mngundog, I would ABSOLUTELY include the military. Every bit as despicable to waste and defraud in one of the largest parts of the budget. As any of us come across specific #s to add to the tally, EVERYthing is fair game.
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    http://freebeacon.com/national-secur...cation-towers/
    $6.5 million for communication towers that weren't network compatible and cost too much to operate ... and were never used.
    “Specifically, concerns were raised that Afghan telecom providers would not connect to the system, and that DOD did not want the towers because of the high cost of fueling the towers’ generators,” SIGAR maintains. “The State Department moved forward with construction despite these concerns.”
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerry Clinchy View Post
    http://freebeacon.com/national-secur...cation-towers/
    $6.5 million for communication towers that weren't network compatible and cost too much to operate ... and were never used.
    Or $300 million for a power plant:
    http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2010/01/2...t-project.html

    Which is just a drop in the bucket of the $100 Billion we've wasted on Afghan reconstruction:

    http://www.mintpressnews.com/corrupt...empire/187264/

    http://live.huffingtonpost.com/r/seg...34441254000e6e

    https://news.vice.com/topic/afghan-money-pit

    All of which is just 10% of the waste of the F22 and F35 debacles:

    https://medium.com/war-is-boring/fd-...e-5c95d45f86a5


    I read "Duty" by Robert Gates a while back. It was an OK read. Bounced around too much and more than a little self praise.

    But anyway, one recurring point was the difficulty in trying to cut any Pentagon budget. Individually, it is irritating and wasteful. Taken as a whole, it really makes me nervous about the state of civilian control of the military.

    So, all in all, I really can't get too worked up over a gym membership.
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    The thing is, Brian, that all of the "little" things eventually add up to a boatload of bucks. We could definitely use a Defense Secretary that really knows the military to make cuts where they would be real savings, but not impugn the effectiveness of the military. I'm willing to be there are LOTS of those things that could be "fixed" (just have we have duplication in social welfare programs.

    But here's another goodie ... only $697,000 but this was for a musical production to promote the global warming theme.
    http://freebeacon.com/issues/the-show-wont-go-on/ It folded its tent after a 3-wk run in NYC and what appears to have been a one-night stand in Kansas City.
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