Egregious government waste? But … but … Nancy Pelosi said we don’t have a spending problem. How could there possibly be waste?

Other examples of government waste curated by the National Republican Congressional Committee:

  • $2 million in taxpayer-funded loans to 10 cupcake stores
  • $35 million for the construction of an old-fashioned trolley system
  • $388,000 for luxurious bus shelters
  • $939,771 for a fruit fly sexual attractiveness study
  • $750,970 for a successful New Hampshire brewery to build a new brewery and restaurant

The dozens of examples provided at total $18,224,377,097.


  • Walt

    I didn’t see White House tours for school kids or education for military personnel on the list. Maybe my priorities must be off. /sarc

  • TocksNedlog

    At least 51% of the government payroll is a waste.

  • NCRelite

    I don’t know what’s worse, the amount of waste going on or the fact that 18 billion seems like a drop in the bucket compared to the overall spending -_-U

  • TSA Watch

    Only $388k for luxury bus shelters? Bah…that’s nothing. Virginia rolled one out to the tune of $1million. For a BUS shelter!

    • Scott Anderson

      Busses don’t even appreciate luxury.

  • Patrick Dennehy

    The NFL, NHL, and PGA classify themselves as non-profit organizations to exempt themselves from federal income taxes on earnings.

    That’s crazy

    • beebop1952

      Maybe you didn’t notice that this is about SPENDING and not TAXING.

      • Patrick Dennehy

        Did you wake up on the wrong side of the bed this morning?

        p.s. It’s not that we have a spending problem, it’s that we have a budget deficit problem. Closing these tax loopholes is one step closer to rectifying the problem.

        • Scott Anderson

          Increasing marginal tax rates or instating new taxes will cause greater dead weight loss, and result in lower revenue.

          • Patrick Dennehy

            Since beebop was so annoyed by my post. I was just having a little fun with him. Quoting Pelosi is something one does in jest :).

          • Scott Anderson


  • $46661540

    At least the public got a tasty treat (and a good deal) with the subsidized cupcakes. We got nothing out of Biden’s night in Paris.

  • J.N. Ashby

    100% of government spending is wasteful spending. That’s like saying the blue sky is blue.

  • capisce – The National Science Foundation awarded a grant for $876,752 to the University of Iowa to study whether there is any benefit to sex among New Zealand mud snails and whether that explains why any organism has sex
    $385K to study length of duck penis
    Eric Scheiner reports for CNSNews, March 19, 2013, that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $384,949 grant to Yale University for a study on “Sexual Conflict, Social Behavior and the Evolution of Waterfowl Genitalia”, according to the website.
    Enquiring minds want to know?

    • QWYS (Hydralisk of the Swarm)

      Enquiring minds want to know … why?

    • Moue La Moue (D)

      I think the folks of the National Science Foundation really needs to get out of their labs more. Or something. Seriously. If you’re worried about water fowl genitalia, then you’ve obviously hit some sort of mental/emotional wall. Get a date. At least you’re in the same species at this point.

  • SJ’s Dad

    I’m not the brightest bulb, so let’s see if I can wrap my skull full-o-mush around this:
    Money in the budget for cupcakes & fruit fly pheremones . . .
    . . . cops, firefighters & our brave men & women in uniform notsomuch . . . .RRrriight!!!
    (#Sequestapocalyptamageddon! . . . The 7th seal has been opened!!!-)

  • kim

    my favorites were the money we spent teaching Chinese prostitutes to not drink on the job and the money spent on teaching Kenyan men to wash their penises after having sex

  • PennyRobinsonFanClub

    I hope that NH brewery isn’t the one that makes Smuttynose. I love their IPA and would hate to have to boycott it.

  • Peyton

    Taxpayer funded security for spring break trips?

  • Brett McMicken

    at the top of the list (in my opinion): presidential, vice-presidential, and congressional salaries, benefits, and perks.