My Tax Dollars At Work
$300,000 for a GPS-equipped helicopter to hunt for radioactive rabbit droppings at the Hanford nuclear reservation in Washington state.I used to live around there. It is bare and flat. No trees. A $200 GPS handheld and some minimum-wage teenagers with Geiger counters would do the trick, and how often do you need to do a lagomorph-generated alpha particle count? (To be fair, if these are *giant* radioactive rabbits the helicopter might be prudent.)
$11 million for Microsoft to build a bridge connecting its two headquarter campuses in Redmond, Wash., which are separated by a highway.Because Microsoft is famous for not having any money.
$219,000 for Syracuse University to study the sex lives of freshmen women.They have sex lives, you don't. Gimmee the money.
$6 million for a snow-making facility in Duluth, Minn.You have GOT to be kidding me. Is this for all the poor urban kids of Duluth who would otherwise never experience the joy of throwing a snowball?
$380,000 to spay and neuter pets in Wichita, Kan.Why don't they just spay and neuter the students at Syracuse University?
$462,000 to purchase 22 concrete toilets for use in the Mark Twain National Forest in MissouriOh how I wish Mark Twain hisself could comment on this chuckleheaded notion. He'd probably offer to dig the latrines for half the price. Complete with whitewashed "privacy fence".
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