I Have to Cut Back Because I’m Paying for Shrimp Exercising on Treadmills


The government waste Pigbook is out again! The government is doing better but still has a way to go.

We are still paying for those shrimp exercising on the treadmills.

We are wasting money on algae slime in the Navy. The Navy has actually wasted in excess of $400 per gallon for approximately 20,000 gallons of algae-based biofuel. Next, they’ll probably put electric engines in the planes that switch to fuel as soon as they hit 10 miles per gallon. Oh, I forgot, they can’t do that because the coal industry is being dismantled. Can’t have electric without coal.

$120,000,000 for three earmarks of $40,000,000 each for alternative energy research within the Air Force, Army, and Navy. On March 13, 2012, Senate Armed Services Committee Ranking Member John McCain (R-Ariz.) asserted that the Navy’s efforts to develop biofuels to power its planes and ships could devolve into a “Solyndra situation,” citing the solar panel manufacturer that received a $535 million loan guarantee through the Department of Energy before filing for bankruptcy in September 2011. According to Sen. McCain, the Navy has spent in excess of $400 per gallon for approximately 20,000 gallons of algae- based biofuel. In a February 2011 hearing, House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee Chairman Randy Forbes (R-Va.) fired a shot across the Navy’s bow, telling Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, “You’re not the secretary of Energy. You’re the secretary of the Navy.” The FY 2012 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act supplies $3.2 billion for alternative energy research. While searching for alternative energy options, Congress must ensure that taxpayers do not get burned.

If you waste a lot of energy, you get a GRANT (that’s our tax money). It was targeted by Bush for termination but Obama didn’t get the memo.

$9,500,000 for high energy cost grants. Such grants are available for “improving and providing energy generation, transmission and distribution facilities serving communities with average home energy costs exceeding 275% of the national average.” Both the Bush and Obama administrations targeted high energy cost grants, which are duplicative of the Department of Agriculture’s Electric Loan Program, for elimination. Apparently members of Congress did not get the memo.

$50,000,000 for National Guard Counter-Drug Program in individual states. It’s a duplicate program. Thank Harry Reid.

$50,000,000 for the National Guard for Counter-Drug Program state plans. Formerly earmarked to individual states, the program, which allows for the use of military personnel in drug enforcement operations within the states, is now funded in one bundle as a work-around to the earmark moratorium. The Drug Enforcement Administration, with a budget of $2 billion, is already responsible for these activities. Since FY 2001, there have been 63 earmarks costing taxpayers $281.1 million for the National Guard Counter-Drug Program. Members of Congress who have inserted earmarks for this program in the past include perennial porkers such as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), House Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers (R-Ky.), and former senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska).

Click here to read about government waste from the 2012 PIGBOOK