Saturday, 28 April 2007

Suddenly I feel a lot better about funding government hip-hop research tours overseas...

A while back, there was a story about a couple who persuaded the Department of Labour to fund a research tour overseas - so they could study hip-hop and rap music. Necessary to help improve employment in the music industry, you understand. This was rightfully panned in the press as a boondoggle, and a waste of taxpayer money.

I came across this graphic today:

Total Outlays ([US] Federal Funds): $2,387 billion
MILITARY: 51% and $1,228 billion
NON-MILITARY: 49% and $1,159 billion

The Yanks got Top Gun out of the money wasted, we got Scribe. Quite frankly, I think we've managed to achieve a far more efficient entertainment-value-per-taxpayer-dollar here.

1 comment:

Dana said...

Why, thank you, Phoenician! I knew we were spending way too much money on welfare, but I didn't know that it was 32%.

Clearly, the answer to our budget problems is to eliminate all welfare spending!