6 Bipartisan Budget Cuts You Won’t Believe Congress Refuses To Make

The government wastes a lot of money, most sane people agree… So National Taxpayers Union and U.S. PIRG created a cross-ideological report with over $500 billion in bipartisan recommendations to trim the federal budget. (Read the full report at ntu.org or uspirg.org) Here are 6 of the most hilariously unnecessary budget items that these two divergent groups found:

1. $45 billion in direct payments to certain commodity crops.

This is either a picture of how $45 billion in misguided agriculture policy feels for taxpayers, or a new, darker, direction in the war on obesity.

2. $1.9 billion on military bands.

Via Google Images

Military bands are great and all, but deploying Lady Gaga in the field would probably be cheaper at this point.

3. $436 million to refurbish the M1-A Abrams Tank, which even the Army doesn’t think is necessary.

The strange world of politics has Congress forcing the military into upgrades they don’t want. What’s next, updated tri-corner hats, a musket revival?

4. We could save $575 million by bringing old government databases into the current millennium.

‘Animated GIF? What sort of witchcraft are you on about Johnson?!? Our database is state of the art!’

5. $140 million for a USDA catfish inspection service, which is something the FDA already does.

‘Somebody did already inspect this one… I can’t find anything down here.’

6. NASA’s Space Flight Awareness program spends $16 million on lavish events for private contractors.

To make sure they are aware of space flight, you know, in case they just got out of a 60-year coma. Though a space party does sound fun.

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