“Pig Book” exposes government “pork”

5 04 2006

The group Citizens Against Government Waste has identified 375 projects that cost our country $3.4 billion that could have been done without in fiscal 2006. I think all of us know our government wastes money, but this book shows specific examples of where money goes, so we can hold our government accountable a little more. It’s amazing the things we spend a lot of money on. For example :

  • $13.5 million for the International Fund for Ireland, which helped finance the World Toilet Summit.
  • $500,000 for the Sparta Teapot Museum in Sparta, North Carolina.
  • $1.3 million for berry research in Alaska.

Here’s a link to the news article where I read about this.

While they’re handing out money for non-essential projects, I’d like to do some research on things like sleeping in, eating, praying, playing video games, etc., so where do I sign up to get these huge grants? 🙂

And on a tangent, I’ve never heard of the World Toilet Summit, so I searched and found the World Toilet Organization. You can play a 3D game called Urgent! which aims to “educate toilet users on proper toilet hygiene and toilet etiquettes. … You have to maintain a good level of sanitation to advance to different levels. … Imagine the possibilities of your personal toilet layout.” Hmm… It’s different from anything you’ve ever played before, and it’s not as easy as it sounds.  I also saw on the site that the World Toilet Organization started the World Toilet College, which teaches about improving the standards in toilet-related areas. That might sound silly at first, but one of their goals is to help the 2.6 billion people worldwide that do not have a toilet. I can’t imagine… We may gripe about things here in the U.S. (and rightly so sometimes), but let’s not forget how good we have it. Try to imagine going without a toilet for a week…




2 responses

6 04 2006
mr. obvious

man! if I went without a toilet for a week my bathroom floor would be NASTY!

7 04 2006

“Imagine the possibilities of your personal toilet layout.”

I’m not even going there, man…

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