Wasting Money To Make Money

As a kid I remember collecting Susan B. Anthony dollar coins when they first came out in 1979. This attempt to resurrect dollar coinage in the United States was an unqualified failure — for a number of reasons. The most important being that it was something new and people are resistant to change (no pun […]

How To Waste A Million Dollars

A few years ago, I wrote about how I believed the Missouri Department of Transportation had wasted a million dollars installing variable speed limit signs all along Interstate 270. I also pointed out that these signs were illegal because they did not comply with the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), not to mention […]

Appetite Care Reform

I am hereby starting the national dialog on reforming our nation’s Appetite Care laws. Your appetite cannot be ignored, after all. If you cannot afford to address your appetite issues, then you will surely die. So, clearly, you have a basic human right to appetite care. But not everyone sees it this way. There are […]

Highway Robbery

The St. Louis Post Dispatch reported a couple of weeks ago about the new variable speed limit signs that have been installed along the 30 or so miles of Interstate 270, which is the main beltway surrounding the metropolitan area. The Missouri Department of Transportation wasted almost a million dollars installing these signs which are […]

Compounding the Costs

I’ve been writing about the mismanagement of the Hurrican Katrina disaster for over two years now. First, that FEMA had no right to provide trailers to disaster victims, and then the staggering levels of fraud that they have allowed to go on. Now we are being told that FEMA has downright lied to us. According […]

Waste, Fraud, and Abuse

Government has refined waste, fraud, and abuse to an art form. I wrote about one instance of this a couple of months ago. Now, from our friends over at Homeland Stupidity, here’s another. Some people might be willing to overlook a certain amount of this, and say that as long as the government’s job gets […]

Government Gone Wild

Last October, when I wrote about Time magazine’s story How To Spend $1 Billion A Day, I had no idea they meant spending it on strip clubs and Girls Gone Wild videos. The Government Accountability Office (how’s that for an oxymoron?) hasn’t even finished its audit yet, so stand by for all of the instances […]

Not Yours To Give

The September 26, 2005 issue of Time magazine provided continuing coverage of the relief effort for Hurricane Katrina victims in a story disturbingly entitled How to Spend $1 Billion A Day. Before I even got to the story, however, the most disturbing image of them all was included in the table of contents: This is […]