Hi Brit,Here are a few more things our Government has shelled out for: 

$17,000,000 for the digitization of DOD manuals

$10,000,000 for the Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium. This program is suppose to insure that citizens living in rural areas are equally protected. So far there is no report detailing current or future plans for the project.

$5,000,000 to complete the Capitol Visitor Center (CVC). Construction began in fall 2001 and is still going on. The cost has risen from $265 million to at least $584 million and is running two years behind schedule.

$450,000 for plantings on the eastern front of the Capitol.

$500,000 for construction of the Sparta Teapot Museum in Sparta, North Carolina. Supporters of the project claim that the museum “will expose its visitors to an unexpected art form the teapot.”

$1,099,000 for alternative salmon products.

A recent audit revealed that between 1997 and 2003, the Defense Department purchased and then left unused approximately 270,000 commercial airline tickets at a total cost of $100 million. Even worse, the Pentagon never bothered to get a refund for these fully refundable tickets.

The Conservation Reserve program pays farmers $2 billion annually to not farm their land.

the Grit

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