June 20, 2007

Taxes, Working For The People II

Evidentally, the Centers For Disease Control, like many other federal bureaucracies, looks upon our hard earned tax money as nothing other than theirs to squander without a second thought.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides an example of a big-budget federal agency getting its priorities wrong, according to an oversight report released by a Republican senator.

Among the report’s findings — a $106 million visitor center decorated with waterfalls and Japanese gardens and a $200,000 fitness center with saunas and zero-gravity chairs.

Read on…

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9 Responses to “Taxes, Working For The People II”

  1. BB-Idaho Says:

    That does sound a little extravagent. Do they pay the CDC CEO the US average $55 million also? In fairness, they can be very good at what they do, for example the anthrax case, results detailed here: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/EID/vol7no6/jernigan.htm the fact no one was ever caught likely is the responsibility of some other wasteful government agency…

  2. Seth Says:

    BB –

    I agree, the CDC is great at what they do. However, that doesn’t entitle them to brazenly throw our tax money, by the metric ton, about on luxuries that have nothing to do with what we pay them for.

    I’m not an admirer of bean counters in general, but it appears that CDC needs a couple of real starchy ones to manage and allocate their funding.

    One thing I hate about the earmark system is that once money is allocated for a project, even if a new vote shoots down said project, the intended recipients still get the money to spend on other things.

  3. Always On Watch Says:

    Anytime the feds are involved our tax dollars are wasted.

    Squandering taxpayers’ dollars on such things as waterfalls is unconscionable. The CDC is supposed to be working on controlling the spread of diseases. One can only hope that the Japanese garden is sprayed for West Nile Virus.

  4. Seth Says:

    AOW –

    The only official purpose I can think of for the waterfalls is that they are there for researchers and management to throw pennies into and wish for no more anthrax. :-(

  5. MariesTwoCents Says:

    The thing that got me is how we wound up paying for a Transgender Beauty Pagent!

    Doesnt this take the cake?

    and this little :snip:

    On the HIV/AIDS front, one grantee hosted a “bar night” with instructions on “how to throw a good party with lots of alcohol.”
    Sen. Coburn reports that the CDC spent enough money on trips for employees to international AIDS conferences to underwrite drugs that would have prevented mother-to-child AIDS transmission in over 115,000 babies.

    By the time my Senator from Oklahoma get’s done uncovering all this government waste, he is going to be the most hated man on the hill lol, Good for him!

    I am going to link this to my story :-)

  6. Seth Says:

    Marie –

    It’s appalling how much liberal influence has managed to seep into everything official. Unfortunately, liberals aren’t about getting things done, only about squandering tax money to keep up appearances.

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