Plenty of waste to sequester

The sequester is a mere 2% of the federal budget. If they really wanted to cut spending don’t you think they just might be able to find 2% of waste in that enormous budget. How about they start by trimming these items:

  1. $2,908,000 for shrimp aquaculture research
  2. $1,454,000 for mosquito trapping research
  3. $4,841,000 for wood utilization research
  4. $2,573,000 for potato research
  5. $775,000 for “Pickle Science and Technology”
  6. $500,000 for helicopter logging
  7. $600,000 for a “gurgling toad sculpture” in DoD building
  8. $8.3 million for golf course renovation in Louisiana
  9. $1.4 million for decorative rocks in Nevada
  10. $500,000 for food at Justice Department banquets
  11. $1 million for sugar cain research center in Louisiana
  12. $623 million for the National Endowment for the arts
  13. $6 billion to turn federal buildings into “green” buildings.
  14. $200 million for the lease of alternative energy vehicles for use on military installations.
  15. $650 million for the digital television converter box coupon program.
  16. $600 million to buy hybrid vehicles for federal employees.
  17. $75 million for “smoking cessation activities.”
  18. $18 million to rebuild website
  19. $461 million for “salmon restoration”
  20. $480 million for a “redundant” F-35 engine
  21. $15 million for a “Barbasol museum”
  22. $19 million for a “Free clam benefit” for people who have never eaten clams
  23. $10 million for attorneys of illegal immigrants
  24. $700,000 for a bike trail in Minnesota
  25. $1 million for a river walk in Massachusetts
  26. $213,000 for olive fruit fly research in…France
  27. $200,000 for a hunting and fishing museum in Pennsylvania
  28. $200,000 for a post office museum in Las Vegas
  29. $350,000 for “Gay Men’s Health Crisis, Inc.”
  30. $150,000 for turf grass research
  31. $10 million to connect a dead-end street to I-75
  32. $11.4 billion for Amtrack bailout
  33. $1.5 billion for the Metro Transit system in Washington D.C.
  34. $1.2 million to study the habits of the woodchuck
  35.   $150,000 to study the Hatfield-McCoy feud
  36. $1 million to study why people don’t ride bikes to work
  37. $219,000 to teach college students how to watch television
  38. $3.1 million to convert a ferry boat into a crab restaurant in Baltimore
  39. $13 million to repair a privately owned dam in South Carolina
  40. $4.3 million for a privately owned museum in Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  41. $2.7 million for a catfish farm in Arkansas
  42. $500,000 for a swimming pool in Banning, Calif
  43. $500 million to bail out ship building company
  44. $2 million for “kitchen relocation” in Fairbanks, Alaska
  45. $1.5 million to “transport naturally chilled water” from Lake Ontario to Lake Onondaga
  46. $167,000 for “Horn fly research” in Alabama
  47. $450,000 for the Baseball Hall of Fame
  48. $11 million to buy “business attire” for job seekers
  49. $750,000 for a soccer field at Guantanamo Bay
  50. $15 million on Internal Revenue Service public relations efforts

The author reports that he found this $22 billion of savings in about 40 minutes. Don’t you think the politicians in Washington could find $85 billion of non-essential spending in a couple days time?

No, the Obama administration will try to find the most painful things to cut so as to put pressure on for no cuts at all.