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July 30, 2011

Human Events' Top 10 Examples of Government Stupidity

Topics: Political News and commentaries

Given that Americans (that pay taxes) are burdened with high taxes, one would hope that the government they pay for would at least be used efficiently and wisely. However, Human Event's 'Top 10 Examples of Government Stupidity' from around the country strongly suggest otherwise.

Here's the first 5 to pique your interest:

1. Sensitivity training: The Omaha, Neb., public school district spent $130,000 in federal stimulus money to buy manuals to instruct teachers and school administrators on how to be culturally sensitive. The book, The Cultural Proficiency Journey: Moving Beyond Ethical Barriers Toward Profound School Change, says that teachers need to work for social justice in order to overcome a white-privileged society. The book says racism, sexism, homophobia and ableism are forces of oppression in schools, and that institutions in America "channel wealth and power to white people."

2. Green car bust: The city of Salinas, Calif., invested more than $500,000 in Green Vehicles, an electric car venture that failed to produce a single car. In addition to the city money, the State of California chipped in another $187,000, but the owner of the company said it folded due to a lack of investors. The city ponied up the money after the company promised it would create 70 new jobs and generate some $700,000 in tax revenue annually for city coffers. City officials were reportedly irked when they learned of the company's collapse by e-mail.

3. Don't help the homeless: The city of Houston shut down a Christian couple's effort to aid the homeless earlier this year because they did not have a permit to distribute free food. Anyone serving food to the public for any reason must prepare meals in a certified kitchen that has a certified food manager, according to the city's Department of Health and Human Services. But because the couple gave out food donated and prepared by various stores and volunteers throughout the city, they ran afoul of a city ordinance, leaving the 100 or so recipients of their daily charity out of luck.

4. Right to View Porn in Jail: The Washington State Supreme Court ruled that a man awaiting trial for making child pornography videos while raping boys will be allowed to watch the videos of the acts while in jail. Weldon Marc Gilbert is acting as his own attorney and therefore has the right to review the evidence against him, which includes 28 hours of porn on some 100 videos, the court ruled.

5. Sex-offender custody: After Trista Crews Coleman died in a car wreck some four years ago, her one-month-old daughter, Miranda, was raised by her grandmother. But a Baker County, Fla., judge has given custody of the little girl to Crews Coleman's ex-husband, a registered sex offender who has a history of domestic violence. The ex-husband, Donald Coleman, divorced Crews Coleman, saying Miranda was fathered by another man, but he still has paternity rights because he was married to her mother when she was born.

Read the rest here.

Unfortunately, Human Events' list covers only a few examples of government stupidity (and waste of taxpayer dollars) ... there are many, many, more examples ... some of which are detailed in the following links:

Local Government Stupidity Contest
The Diversity Racket in California: Good for Bureaucrats, Bad for Education
Paybacks, Cover-Ups, and Waste
UAW and GM Get Covert Bailout Through ObamaCare
12 Outrageous Wastes of Taxpayers' Money
More Disgusting Examples of Government Waste, Fraud, and Abuse
'Fiddlin' Foresters,' Other Examples of 'Ridiculous' Spending to Get Axe from White House Waste Cutters
And these examples barely scratch the surface.

Posted by Richard at July 30, 2011 12:53 PM

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