If there is one thing government is good at it’s spending money. Next time vital services are cut during a shutdown, or government threatens to cut veteran benefits, we thought you could think back on some of these government expenses. When a politician tells you there is nowhere else to cut you will know they’re lying.
1. Maintaining Unused Property
Every year the federal government spends more than $1.5 billion on upkeep for buildings it no longer needs. Unused and under-utilized federal buildings account are littered across the nation. In 2010, a Government Accounting Office report showed many buildings have been marked for demolition, yet still remained standing at tax payer expense. With such a high price tag, it would seem common sense to get rid of these buildings. But when has the federal government ever exercised common sense?