By Joe Sinagra | The Save Jersey Blog
Want to know why we “need” to pay more, Save Jerseyans?
Are you being tired of being told there is no more waste to trim?
Try this on for size: federal workers who were placed on leave for disciplinary reasons, such as misconduct, security concerns or criminal issues, received $19 million while on leave this year ; during a three-year period, more than 57,000 employees were placed on leave for 30 days or more, costing taxpayers $775 million in salary alone.
Just a few more examples:
- The feds plan to spend $1 billion to destroy $16 billion in military-grade ammunition that it deems no longer useful . . . a full years’ salary for over 54,000 Army privates at a time when President Obama is sending out military pink slips.
- The Department of Interior’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is observing cordgrass on a Florida reserve costing taxpayers $10,000… for them to watch grass grow?
- The government shelled out $387,000 to provide rabbits with a relaxing daily massage to study the effect of massages on exercise recovery.
- Another $50,000 of our tax money was dropped so researchers could choreograph a synchronized swimming routine for sea monkeys, $856,000 to throw mountain lions on a treadmill, $171,000 to watch monkeys gamble, and $331,000 on a study to discover that hungry people get cranky and aggressive.
- Also, there was $90 million spent in promoting U.S. culture around the world, $414,000 spent on a U.S. Army video game that could inadvertently train terrorists, and $4.6 million spent on “lavish” homes to temporarily house Border Patrol agents.
These examples are obviously only the tip (of the tips) of the iceberg.
So why is it that Social Security recipients will only get a 1.7% increase this year, New Jersey wants to tax your lottery winnings (but according to them it is not really a tax), legislators are talking about raising our gas tax, but not one of them are questioning the massive waste of our money when we clearly can’t afford it?
Why are our officials not asking, loudly and angrily, for a reason why New Jersey gets 61 cents back on every dollar we send to Washington? Over 17 years, averaged, New Jersey still comes in last place, consistently, receiving 70 cents or less for every dollar it sent to the federal government.
No jobs, high unemployment, and a wobbly housing market… but yet we have taxpayer money to spend on monkey poker?
Taxpayers are continually asked to pony up more, and our legislators refuse to fight to eliminate the misuse of tax dollars; their only answer, either out of self-interest or lack of imagination, is to find ways to levy higher tariffs on its people to pay for more waste.
At what point do we, the people, tear up their credit card and stop enabling this?