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Dems don't want to fund the wall.
« on: January 10, 2019, 02:43:04 PM »
But let's take a look at what they ARE funding.



DEMS are refusing to fund the border wall, so I thought I'd create a list of all the insane things government DOES FUND.

‣ $3,000,000 for World of Warcraft: tax $ funded UC Irvine researchers' screen time
‣ $800,000 on studying significance of genital-washing

 $2,500,000 on a Super Bowl commercial that was so terribly produced that it was banned after it aired ‣

$1,000,000 on Zoo Poetry: "increasing environmental awareness" by creating poetry in four different zoos ‣
$175,000,000 on buildings that have been vacant for years

‣ $765,828 on pancakes: tax dollars subsidized an IHOP in an "under-served" area of DC
‣ $442,340 studying behavior of male prostitutes in Vietnam
‣ $168,766 studying monkeys who throw their poop
‣ $914,000 studying romance novels: topics included "Team Edward or Jacob?"


 $5,000,000 studying the drinking habits of college students on game days
‣ $5,000,000 on hipster parties with the goal of ending smoking
‣ $2,000,000 for the Department of Agriculture to fund an internship program. The program hired ONE full-time intern.

‣ $300,000 to encourage Americans to consume caviar made in Idaho ‣
$200,000 on a "tattoo removal progam" in CA ‣
$60,000 for the IRS to create a parody film of Star Trek and Gilligan’s Island ‣
$1M per year for NASA to create food menu for Mars mission that is decades away


‣ $202,000 to determine if Wikipedia is sexist
‣ $242,600 to study effects of cocaine on honey bees
‣ $4,900,000 to dress students up in fruit costumes and encourage them to eat healthy
‣ $495,000 on commercials to create jobs that never created any jobs

 $250M training 60 Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State
‣ $10M on creating two video games aimed at fighting obesity (FOR REAL)
‣ $900,000 studying social interactions of guppies
‣ $6.3M for VA facility in California to buy artwork‣ $10M to studying dog tail wagging

‣ $325,000 to build a robot squirrel
‣ $2.5M on coasters for bars that say "IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING"
‣ $31M on first class flights in 4 years for the Department of Health and Human Services alone


‣ $1.3M studying effectiveness of koozies keeping drinks cold ‣
$100M to clean up environmental mess that Environmental Protection Agency created ‣ $387,000 studying the effect of swedish massages on rabbits ‣
$5M on tweeting responses to pro-ISIS rhetoric


‣ $3M researching why lesbians are more likely to be obese than straight people
‣ $516,000 on a video game about prom
‣ $706,800 to have shrimp fight each other with the goal of helping military and manufacturing engineers
‣ $26M building religious sites across the globe
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Re: Dems don't want to fund the wall.
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2019, 03:04:42 PM »
I like how when someone proposes a tax cut the scream, "How are we going to pay for that?"

BaGua votes for these people and he calls everyone who doesn't a moron. Think about that for a minute.

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Re: Dems don't want to fund the wall.
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2019, 03:13:06 PM »
THINGS DEMOCRATS HAVE FUNDED THAT COST MORE THAN THE BORDER WALL
Lawmakers have put less thought into other, more expensive projects over the years

Jan 9, 2019
Tom Elliott


After President Trump requested $5.7 billion to fund the border wall he campaigned on in 2016, Democrats have dug in, refusing to appropriate the funds that the administration says are needed to better manage the flow of immigration across the southern border.

Democrats are not traditionally known for their fiscal rectitude but are being particularly parsimonious over what ultimately amounts to a very small percentage of the federal budget. (In 2018, the feds spent $4.173 trillion overall, meaning the border wall would amount to just 1/10th of 1 percent of current annual federal spending.)

Indeed, these lawmakers have happily funded various projects over the years that cost far more than the border wall — many of which had very questionable value. Below are some examples of wasteful federal spending projects that individually cost more than the proposed border wall (some data courtesy of Citizens Against Government Waste):

“Rural Utility Service.” This program costs taxpayers $8.2 billion/year and has no actual purpose after its original intent — bringing electricity to rural communities — was long ago achieved. It’s now being used to bring broadband access to small communities (usually with populations of less than 20,000). However there’s no indication the “beneficiaries” of this expensive government agency actually appreciate the program and the majority of its projects are not completed on time or within budget.

Sugar Subsidies. America, as Democrats frequently intone, faces a health crisis. What they don’t tell us is that it’s largely of their own making, as Congress subsidizes the production of unhealthy foods like sugar and high-fructose corn syrup. Eliminating sugar subsidies alone would save $6 billion, enough to fund the border wall; it would also have the added benefit of helping curb the nation’s obesity epidemic.

Community Development Grants. These grants were created in the 70s to revitalize failing American cities. The program has almost always been plagued with dysfunction, with grants going to wealthy communities and other recipients failing to produce accountability or results. Citizens Against Government Waste reports that even President Obama called for reining in the program. It’s elimination would save $15 billion over 5 years.

The United Nations. As the United Nation’s largest contributor, the U.S. in 2016 donated $10 billion to the U.N. As CAGW notes, reducing these contributions just 25 percent would create a savings of $12.5 billion over 10 years. Of the money Congress appropriates for the United Nations, 5 million taxpayer dollars are itemized for abortions in foreign countries.

Amtrak. Congress could sell Amtrak to the private sector where it would almost certainly be operated more efficiently, but instead it’s showered in billions of dollars of taxpayer subsidies. Over the next five years, these subsidies will cost $9.7 billion.

Unused Real Estate. Congress appropriates money to maintain federal real estate that’s not actually being used. Per CAGW, an October 31, 2017, CRS report found that, “In FY2016, federal agencies owned 3,120 buildings that were vacant (unutilized), and another 7,859 that were partially empty (underutilized).” Current laws require the government to undergo a series of steps before considering a sale of these buildings. Were selling this unused property prioritized, the 5-year savings are estimated at $15 billion. Simply maintaining the unused buildings annually costs $1.7 billion.

Foreign Aid. American taxpayers currently spend more than $50 billion a year helping develop foreign countries. Many of the recipients are not known for being America’s closest allies — such as Egypt, South Sudan, Uganda, South Africa, Russia, the Congo, Sudan, and Zambia — which raises the question of what Americans are receiving in exchange for all of this aid. Cutting these donations back just 10 percent would be enough to fund the wall. 

Waste, Fraud, and Abuse. The Government Accountability Office estimates taxpayers are spending more than $137 billion annually on “payment errors,” which covers all manner of waste, fraud, and abuse within Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. The feds could implement the same kind of fraud protections credit card companies used to ensure against abuse, but don’t. In fact, Congress has gone in the opposite direction, winding down the program intended to police fraud within Medicare, the so-called Recovery Audit Contractor. In other words, Congress is knowingly funding tens of billions of dollars of fraud annually.
 
Despite many of of the above projects having arguably negative value, Congress continues to fund them. Eliminating any one of the above would create more than enough savings to fund the White House’s border wall appropriation request.

Of course, other smaller federal spending projects are even more wasteful. Examples abound, but here are a few that are at least amusing:
 
- The feds spent $613,634 to boost “intimacy and trust” of transgender women and their male partners (The Washington Free Beason)

- The feds spent $5 million paying hipsters to stop smoking and then blog about it (as well as use cool anti-smoking swag — like beer koozies). (Readers Digest)

- Northwestern University has received more than $3 million in National Institutes of Health to watch hamster fights. “Some of those experiments involved injecting hamsters with steroids, then putting another hamster in the cage to see if the drugged rodents were more aggressive when protecting their territory. This program has since been halted following protests from animal rights activists,” Readers Digest reports. 

- The feds spend $1,009,762 training “social justice” math teachers (The Washington Free Beacon)

- “The government spent at least $518,000 in federal grants to study how cocaine affects the sexual behavior of Japanese quails,” Readers Digest reports.

- The Federal Register is legally required to be printed daily and distributed to Congressional offices despite most never being read and  all of the information being available online. Stopping this unnecessary printing would save $1 million a year.

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Re: Dems don't want to fund the wall.
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2019, 04:07:45 PM »
Too bad Trump is such a piss poor negotiator.. if he wasn't he'd have his wall..

And why didnt the republicans get this done while they held power in all 3 branches of government over the last 2 years?



Maybe Trump should consult with people who understand how to get legislation passed by congress?
absolutely nothing will be found.

there is nothing to be found.

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Re: Dems don't want to fund the wall.
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2019, 05:09:18 PM »
Too bad Trump is such a piss poor negotiator.. if he wasn't he'd have his wall..

And why didnt the republicans get this done while they held power in all 3 branches of government over the last 2 years?



Maybe Trump should consult with people who understand how to get legislation passed by congress?
I would agree with you about 3 branches of government over the last 2 years. But how long have the Democrats been in power .... men in the WH....that's right....men.....then....both houses....still didn't do one thing about the wall, even after they said they wanted one!!! The Dems had plenty of chances!  lol lol
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Re: Dems don't want to fund the wall.
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2019, 05:52:03 PM »
I would agree with you about 3 branches of government over the last 2 years. But how long have the Democrats been in power .... men in the WH....that's right....men.....then....both houses....still didn't do one thing about the wall, even after they said they wanted one!!! The Dems had plenty of chances!  lol lol

Dems always have supported border security and have voted for increased funding over the years.   "The Wall" is just a monument to Trump's ego at this point, and it's not a logical solution giving the terrain and private property involved.    Therefore as a waste of government resources - conservatives if they were really such instead of ass kissing authoritarians, should also oppose Trump's wall and it's funding.
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Re: Dems don't want to fund the wall.
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2019, 07:03:49 PM »
Did you read the stupidity that dems want to fund?  EVery dem president since Clinton has run on border wall and stopping illegals....whether you kknow it or not.  So they got votes by misrepresentation.     BUILD THE DAMN WALL.