I recently got my hands on a hilariously formatted and hilariously expensive report of how the government spends the United States tax dollars by Senator Jeff Flake. The report, which has many pop culture themes, listed such outrageous expenditures as a $5 million payout to sororities and fraternities, fish on a treadmill, and computers trying to learn human behavior by watching “desperate housewives”, strikes the reader as slapstick, and a slap in the face.
However, I just wanted to share with you the 3 biggest blunders of the report by monetary value:
- Subsidizing an airport that is millions in debt
Outside St. Louis in Southern Illinois lies an airport. It’s been designed to serve hundreds of flights daily, and millions of visitors. At present, many weeks go flightless. The airport, which cost $313 million, and which was subsidized for more than two thirds, is today millions of dollars in debt, and nowhere close to breaking even. In an image of grandeur, this airport was designed to compete with many others in the state, yet today the only thing it has bested them in is how short it’s lines are…as they are often non-existent.
- Carbon Capture Project 6 years behind
A carbon project that was aimed a recycle Co2 emissions for cleaner energy has managed to be delayed by 6 years and has only wasted $450 million in taxpayer dollars. Like many government spending projects, the initial idea would have been useful in nature, however, the implementation of the idea has gone less than smoothly. With project effectively frozen in the first stage of development since 2010, and with no signs of implementation, the only things captured in this project have been time and money.
- The 3 Billion Dollar Speed Train… without any Track
Another project 6 years behind schedule is a $100 billion speed train was planned to be constructed going from San Francisco to Los Angeles. The train was set to get a passenger to their destination in just 3 hours. Today, not a single piece of track has been laid, and it is listed as the most expensive project, at a whopping $3.1 billion. It has been marked by countless delays, going from a completion date of 2020 to 2033, and costing the taxpayer more and more each year. Ironically, the program has spent more time removing structures, than even laying them. Without a doubt, the most horrific account of spending in the past year.