We just paid our quarterly taxes so it's time for one of my old lady rants. I hate paying taxes and seeing how so much of our tax money is wasted makes it worse. Again I turn to Senator Tom Coburn from Oklahoma to find a list of places our taxes have gone to.
•The list includes: $75,000 to promote awareness about the role Michigan plays in producing Christmas trees and poinsettias.
•$15.3 million for one of the infamous Bridges to Nowhere in Alaska
•$113,227 for video game preservation in New York
•$550,000 for a documentary about how rock music contributed to the collapse of the Soviet Union
•$48,700 for 2nd annual Hawaii Chocolate Festival to promote Hawaii's chocolate industry
•$356,933 to study to look for connections between cocaine and risky sex habits in quail
•$10 million for a remake of "Sesame Street" for Pakistan
•1/3 of the billion dollars given to homeowners for tax credits for adding energy efficient features to their homes went to folks (prisoners, underage children) who didn't have a home
•$35 million allocated for political party conventions in 2012
•$765,000 to subsidize "pancakes for yuppies" in the nation's capitol--it was to build an Ihop restaurant in an underserviced area of the city, but instead the restaurant was built in an affluent area
•$764,825 to study how college students use mobile devices for social networking
•$17.80 million to China for social services
Just makes my day to know my money is working so hard!