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Wastebook 2012

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Times remain tough in America. The number of people working has dropped to the lowest level in decades. More than 23 million of our fellow citizens do not have good jobs, and wages for many others are stagnant and even declining. Families are struggling to do more with less.

But not everyone in America is living on a smaller budget. Washington politicians don't even bother to give themselves a budget anymore. For the third consecutive year, Congress failed to pass a budget. And,...

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Wastebook 2012

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Overview

Times remain tough in America. The number of people working has dropped to the lowest level in decades. More than 23 million of our fellow citizens do not have good jobs, and wages for many others are stagnant and even declining. Families are struggling to do more with less.

But not everyone in America is living on a smaller budget. Washington politicians don't even bother to give themselves a budget anymore. For the third consecutive year, Congress failed to pass a budget. And, for the fourth straight year, these compulsive spenders charged more than $1 trillion to our national credit card, pushing us to a $16 trillion debt.

Some try to rationalize the excessive borrowing and spending as necessary until the economy gets back on track. But the increased demand for help is precisely why Washington must be more careful how tax dollars are spent to ensure we can care for those who are truly in need. To do this Washington must set priorities, just like every family. The problem is Washington has all the wrong priorities.

Thousands, millions and even billions of dollars in an annual budget in excess of $3.7 trillion may not seem like much to Washington politicians, but these days a dollar can make a big difference for families on fixed budgets. How many of our friends, families and neighbors could be fed with the nearly $1 million the government spent taste testing foods to be served on the planet Mars? How many nutritious school lunches could have been served with the $2 million in financial assistance provided to cupcake specialty shops?

Washington priorities are backwards. This is why important programs go bankrupt while outdated and outlandish projects continue to be funded.

The Highway Trust Fund, which has been bailed out several times over the last five years, is a good example, as billions of dollars intended for transportation are wasted on questionable projects that do little to fix congestion or other transportation problems. An unused Ohio bridge - not even connected to a road or trail - received a half-a-million dollar makeover this year. An Oregon town will pay $388,000 for just five bus stops -enough to buy two houses in the same town! And in West Virginia, thousands of dollars were spent to reconstruct a historic streetscape... out of Legos. Would the dollars spent on these transportation projects not have been better spent to fix some of the 22,158 deficient bridges plaguing our national highway system?

Perhaps nothing demonstrates just how out of touch Washington is more than the $300,000 USDA is spending to tell Americans to eat caviar, one of the world's most expensive delicacies, at a time when millions of Americans are struggling just to put the basics on the family dinner table. It echoes back to the fabled proclamation of the callous royal who, when asked about the hungry and poor shortly before the French Revolution, replied "let them eat cake."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781482742909
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 3/11/2013
  • Pages: 202
  • Sales rank: 521,022
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.43 (d)

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