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Tax Dollars At Work?

10 silliest uses of taxpayer money. You might want to find a bottle of Tums first.

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    Troubled Asset Relief Program: $700 billion. Projected budget deficit for 2011: $1.4 Trillion dollars. Spending $3 million of taxpayer money on treadmills for shrimp? Shameless. With the decision on whether to raise the national debt limit fast approaching, here are more examples of questionable government spending. You might want to find a bottle of Tums first.
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    $930 Million: On unnecessary printing costs

    Federal agencies spend an estimated $2.6 billion on printing. Many of those trees could have been spared--such as the ones used in the $28 million spent on the daily printing of over 4,500 copies of the congressional records, which are also available online.
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    $175 Million: On an unused monkey house (and other structures).

    Coburn asserts that the Department of Veteran Affairs spends $175 million annually on upkeep of hundreds of empty buildings, including an unused "monkey house." The VA, according to the Dayton Daily News, disputes the figure, claiming it only spent $34 million a year on such activities--roughly equivalent, using median figures, to the annual income of 560 U.S. families.
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    $112 Million: On fraudulent tax reimbursements to prisoners

    Not only does crime pay, it seems it keeps right on paying.
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    $47.6 Million: On streetcar system that runs the same rout as the subway system below it

    Atlanta's stimulus-funded streetcar project runs from Centennial Olympic Park to Martin Luther King, Jr. Center--the exact rout covered by the existing Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA).
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    $15.68 Million: On an unprofitable shooting range

    The Clark County Shooting Range, just outside Las Vegas, lost $1.3 million last year and has yet to turn a profit.
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    $5 Million: On a three week conference for the FAA

    The Federal Aviation Administration put up 3,600 employees during at a training conference in Atlanta. Some attendees say it resembled a three-week long party.
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    $4.2 Million: "Duplicative Shuttle Services for Federal Employees"

    Taxpayers spent $18.5 million on a bus service for federal government employees. Many shuttles run empty rather than pick up workers from neighboring agencies, creating redundant routes.
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    Treadmills for shrimp: $3 million

    Scientists created a study to see if sick shrimp displayed the same endurance on a treadmill that a healthy shrimp did. This project boasts the impressive price tag of 3 million dollars.
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    $2.9 Million: On a study of World of Warcraft and other computer games

    This research explored how "online virtual worlds such as 'World of Warcraft' and 'Second Life' can help organizations collaborate and compete more effectively in the global marketplace." (It also found way to legitimize playing video games at work.)
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    $2.5 Million: On a U.S. Census commercial that appeared during the Super Bowl

    It was ranked as the worst Super Bowl ad in history.