With over $14 trillion in debt and the country being run off a fiscal cliff, you won’t believe the 7 stupidest ways the government wastes our money.
A raisin reserve. Yes, a raisin reserve. It’s one of many agricultural price fixing instruments that the Federal government uses to screw up commodity prices, in order to help those who buy them out. There’s currently a Supreme Court case regarding this. Here’s the background:
A strategic helium reserve…. why? It is left over from 1925, when we thought helium based aircraft were going to be important strategically. Well…. time to axe it?
A $370,000+ study on whether mothers love dogs as much as their children.
$10,000 for researchers to watch grass grow
The State Department spent $630,000 on buying Facebook likes for their page.
A $200,000 study trying to figure out why Wikipedia is sexist.
A portion of grant money designated for scientific research was used to study a shrimp running on a treadmill. You can read about how it worked out here (the researcher defends the situation), but please enjoy the video below.