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    The More Departments, the More Abuse

    Feds splurge on lobster, pianos, golf carts in race to spend ‘use it or lose it’ budget

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    Mises' socialist calculation problem in the clearest depiction possible

    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news...arts-in-race-/

    It turns out September, not April, may be federal taxpayers’ worst nightmare.

    The end of the government’s fiscal year usually brings an orgy of spending as agencies look at their budgets, see extra cash lying around, and figure they’d better use it all up or risk it getting cut in the future.

    The “use it or lose it” mentality explains why the Defense Department spent $9,241 on a Wexford leather chair, $2.3 million on crab and another $2.3 million on lobster tails in September, according to a study released Thursday by OpenTheBooks.

    Taxpayers shelled out $97 billion on contracts in September, including a staggering $53 billion in the final week — seven days that cost more than the entire month of August.

    “In the final month of the fiscal year, federal agencies scramble to spend what’s left in their annual budget; agencies worry spending less than their budget allows might prompt Congress to appropriate less money in the next fiscal year,” said the report from the government-spending watchdog group. “To avoid this, federal agencies choose to embark on an annual shopping spree rather than admit they can operate on less.”

    As might be expected, the Defense Department was the biggest spender, and the most money went to big-ticket necessities such as fixed-wing aircraft.

    But there were also the lobster tail and crab, $163,636 spent on paint brushes, and $7.6 million on workout equipment — including ski equipment for “adults and junior” earmarked to Misawa Air Base in Japan.
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    WTF , lobster and crab , workout equipment . Must be too soft . When I worked for the govt I was content with a lucky strike and a cup of coffee after a day of hard work and sweat for less than the wages of the lowest paying private sector job .
    Do something Danke

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    I got fired one time because I went home with a work pen in my pocket.
    1776 > 1984

    The FAILURE of the United States Government to operate and maintain an
    Honest Money System , which frees the ordinary man from the clutches of the money manipulators, is the single largest contributing factor to the World's current Economic Crisis.

    The Elimination of Privacy is the Architecture of Genocide

    Belief, Money, and Violence are the three ways all people are controlled

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    Our central bank is not privately owned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DamianTV View Post
    I got fired one time because I went home with a work pen in my pocket.
    Possibly one of the stupidest reasons why anyone would get fired.
    "Perhaps one of the most important accomplishments of my administration is minding my own business."

    Calvin Coolidge

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anti Globalist View Post
    Possibly one of the stupidest reasons why anyone would get fired.
    The place I was working at last before I retired made you buy your own pens . Here I thought the owner was a cheap bastard ( he is ) . Maybe he knew I would take his pens so he would fire me and I could have collected unemployment for a while before I tapped my 401K .
    Do something Danke

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anti Globalist View Post
    Possibly one of the stupidest reasons why anyone would get fired.
    They called it Theft.
    1776 > 1984

    The FAILURE of the United States Government to operate and maintain an
    Honest Money System , which frees the ordinary man from the clutches of the money manipulators, is the single largest contributing factor to the World's current Economic Crisis.

    The Elimination of Privacy is the Architecture of Genocide

    Belief, Money, and Violence are the three ways all people are controlled

    Quote Originally Posted by Zippyjuan View Post
    Our central bank is not privately owned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DamianTV View Post
    They called it Theft.
    It sounds like somebody just didn't like you and was looking for an excuse.
    Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig.

    Robert Heinlein

    Give a man an inch and right away he thinks he's a ruler

    Groucho Marx

    I love mankind…it’s people I can’t stand.

    Linus, from the Peanuts comic

    You cannot have liberty without morality and morality without faith

    Alexis de Torqueville

    Those who fail to learn from the past are condemned to repeat it.
    Those who learn from the past are condemned to watch everybody else repeat it

    A Zero Hedge comment

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    I once got promoted for reporting someone going home with a work pen in his pocket.
    It's all about taking action and not being lazy. So you do the work, whether it's fitness or whatever. It's about getting up, motivating yourself and just doing it.
    - Kim Kardashian

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swordsmyth View Post
    It sounds like somebody just didn't like you and was looking for an excuse.
    The were, and they were exceptionally stupid too. But, he had it in for everyone, wasnt just me. Perfect attitude for management.
    1776 > 1984

    The FAILURE of the United States Government to operate and maintain an
    Honest Money System , which frees the ordinary man from the clutches of the money manipulators, is the single largest contributing factor to the World's current Economic Crisis.

    The Elimination of Privacy is the Architecture of Genocide

    Belief, Money, and Violence are the three ways all people are controlled

    Quote Originally Posted by Zippyjuan View Post
    Our central bank is not privately owned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DamianTV View Post
    The were, and they were exceptionally stupid too. But, he had it in for everyone, wasnt just me. Perfect attitude for management.
    Sounds like one of my old bosses, worse yet he wasn't even really my boss, he just appointed himself over me.
    Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig.

    Robert Heinlein

    Give a man an inch and right away he thinks he's a ruler

    Groucho Marx

    I love mankind…it’s people I can’t stand.

    Linus, from the Peanuts comic

    You cannot have liberty without morality and morality without faith

    Alexis de Torqueville

    Those who fail to learn from the past are condemned to repeat it.
    Those who learn from the past are condemned to watch everybody else repeat it

    A Zero Hedge comment

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    If I asked for any leftovers (since I helped pay for it), would they give me some, or would I be met with machine guns and not read my rights? I just hate for good food to go to waste.
    “The right to life is the source of all rights—and the right to property is their only implementation. Without property rights, no other rights are possible. Since man has to sustain his life by his own effort, the man who has no right to the product of his effort has no means to sustain his life. The man who produces while others dispose of his product, is a slave.”



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