Per union contract: Postal workers show up for work, do nothing, still get paid
Terre Haute Postal Workers With No Work, Still Get Paid | News - Indiana Public Media
Navy’s ‘Great Green Fleet’ Uses $26 a Gallon Fuel
The Navy is steaming ahead with an initiative to power ships with biofuel, despite criticism the so-called “green fuel” costs nearly seven times more than conventional fuel.
This month marks the first time the Navy is using biofuel in an operational setting -- sending five ships to a multi-nation exercise off the coast of Hawaii. A Navy official told FoxNews.com on Monday that sailing the so-called “Great Green Fleet” this month on the 50-50 blend of alternative and conventional fuel is part of Navy Secretary Ray Mabus’ plan to have half the Navy fleet on alternative fuel by 2020. The spokesman also confirmed the fuel -- which does not require engine modifications -- costs $26 a gallon compared to $3.60 a gallon for conventional fuel.
Read more: Republicans critical of Navy's 'Great Green Fleet', $26 a gallon fuel | Fox News
U.S. Spends $6 Mil On Migrant Education
U.S. Spends $6 Mil On Migrant Education | Judicial WatchOn the heels of sparing nearly 1 million young illegal immigrants from deportation, the Obama Administration is doling out nearly $6 million to cover the education costs of “migrant students” or the children of “seasonal farm workers” in the United States.
It’s almost as if the president is on a mission to stick American taxpayers with the exorbitant tab to educate illegal aliens or, as the administration likes to call them “young people brought to the United States through no fault of their own as children.” A handful of states— including Texas, California, Utah, Washington and New York—already subsidize their college education and the feds want to help out.
“Inaccurate Calculations” Blamed For Waste In Rural Housing Program
â€śInaccurate Calculationsâ€ť Blamed For Waste In Rural Housing Program | Judicial WatchWhile the Obama Administration celebrates the accomplishments of yet another bloated government program—this one providing low-income populations with taxpayer-funded housing—a federal audit exposes the darker side of the costly welfare endeavor.
Known as Rural Housing Service (RHS), the program is responsible for providing safe, sanitary and affordable housing for very-low-income, low-income and moderate-income rural families. The publicly-financed services are delivered through a wide range of housing programs, including those that support single-family home ownership, multi-family rental housing and farm labor housing.
This ends up costing U.S. taxpayers tens of billions of dollars annually for rent subsidies and guaranteed, low-interest home loans for residents of rural areas who otherwise couldn’t afford it.
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Billions For Iraq Reconstruction Lost To Fraud
Billions For Iraq Reconstruction Lost To Fraud | Judicial WatchAs the end of the war in Iraq approaches its first anniversary, most Americans may not realize that billions of their taxpayer dollars are still being spent on Iraq “reconstruction” projects that are rife with waste, fraud and abuse.
In fact, the government has lost track of a large portion of the money and a special watchdog assigned to keep track of the never-ending scandal, the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR), has published a series of scathing reports documenting the corruption over the years.The SIGIR’s latest audit, made public this month, reveals that at least $6 to $8 billion, earmarked for Iraq reconstruction, has been lost to fraud and waste. In all, Congress appropriated a whopping $51.4 billion to help the country recover from the war by, among other things, training local police, building schools, hospitals and transportation systems, but much of the money has literally vanished.
$230 Mil Later DHS Realizes Nuclear Detectors Don’t Work
$230 Mil Later DHS Realizes Nuclear Detectors DonAfter blowing $230 million on faulty machines that were supposed to detect dangerous nuclear and radiological materials on U.S.-bound cargo, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has another idea to get the job done but it will cost roughly quadruple the money. It’s a classic example of how government wastes taxpayer dollars on risky experiments that inevitably end up costing even more cash to clean up. In this case, the DHS, the monstrous agency created by Congress to protect national security after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, spent hundreds of millions of dollars on fancy detectors that never worked.
The machines (Advanced Spectroscopic Portal—ASP) were supposed to intercept nuclear or radiological materials smuggled into the U.S. by terrorists. The monitors were projected to cost about $1.2 billion, but DHS halted the program after spending a couple hundred million because it wasn’t working, according to a publication dedicated to covering homeland security affairs.
Mica math: Amtrak's $16 burger vs. McDonald's $1 burger
Read more: Mica math: Amtrak's $16 burger vs. McDonald's $1 burger - Adam Snider - POLITICO.comRep. John Mica stayed in Washington a day longer than most of his House colleagues. It wasn’t for a fancy fundraiser or a last-minute meeting — it was for a McDonald’s hamburger.
But the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee chairman’s fast-food lunch wasn’t driven by hunger. Standing outside a McDonald’s just blocks from the Capitol, with TV cameras and reporters circled around, Mica (R-Fla.) again highlighted Amtrak’s money-losing food and beverage service. “I just went into this McDonald’s, and I could buy a drink for a dollar and a hamburger for a dollar. But if you buy a hamburger on Amtrak, it costs the taxpayers $6.65,” Mica said.
The media event was a follow-up to a Thursday hearing that focused on the railroad’s food and drink losses. A hamburger costs Amtrak $16.15, with riders paying $9.50, according to committee figures. Taxpayers pick up the remaining $6.65, Mica said.