What better time than the week before tax day to take a look at just what the government is doing with the money they collect? Many state governments are taking in record high revenues and federal coffers are looking good as well. But with all this money coming in we are still racking up debt at the rate of a $ trillion a year. Taxes are a necessary evil; the government needs a way to raise cash to pay for the vital services like defense, law enforcement and basic business regulations. Most people understand this and don’t mind paying their share. Although there are other methods of raising revenue besides the income tax, this is what we got so we will go with it.
The problem of course is that the government is spending (wasting) money on all kinds of things from redundant ineffective social programs to corporate bailouts. If the government is collecting record amounts of our money, and still it's not enough to cover the record high spending, which is leading to record high debt, there is a problem. This list is comprised of just the 6 examples which to me, because of the nature of the expenditure or the sheer inefficiencies involved, stand out as the worst. I encourage you to go to the 2013 Wastebook and look at the rest.