November 22, 2003
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What does the government spend too much money on?

The federal government spends too much money enforcing its preferences on the states.

Jane, 63
West Linn, OR USA

War.

Karen, 24
Ames, IA USA

I suppose I'm more upset that certain sectors are not asked to pay out more than they should (the mega wealthy and corporations) and that they then spin things like estate taxes and tax breaks as something that is really going to benefit the little guy, when really they are ways to let the wealthy keep their wealth.

Felicia, 37
Lowell, MA USA

It's not what they spend the money on that bugs me. It's that they give such huge tax breaks to corporations and the super-wealthy. (I'm talking the Warren Buffets and Bill Gates.)

Laura, 38
Lowell, MA USA

Itself.

Alias Irrelevante

Personally, I would say military and NASA.

Ryan, 29
Riedlingen GERMANY

the government spends too much money on everything not important. actually i think they spend too much money one everything period.

i bet if i was given time i could cut back on more than half of their spending in every field. i am cheap and good at finding ways to save money. investing is a godsend to me. sometimes its hard to put up the money for investing but i know that the return will be unbelievable so i get over it.

the government pretty much pays the top people what they want and doesnt really pay attention to where the money goes. we dont have a real treasurer or money management team. i say that because those people who handle the money still have friends.

if you are really doing your job when it comes to money management, you will have no friends. thats a proven fact. when you learn to say no and ask why people start to hate you.

we waste money on stupidity. like when i worked out in oakland tutoring i was let in on the game of saving the children. people will write up proposals for a high budget "surefire" way to save the kids in school. they will get this unbelievable and definitely unnecessary amount of money to do this program. they spend a fraction of the money on the program that is destined to fail and cut themselves a huge check. when the program finally flops after a year. they start all
over again.

some programs that are good dont get the chance to prove themselves because they are cut off in the first year if they show the right numbers to look good. everyone with common sense knows that in education you need a few years to see the result and when you do start seeing the results they are big.

the officials have no patience with the programs because they just the numbers to look right. its so horrible. i remember teachers letting students cheat on the standardized tests and sometimes
encouraging it for a pay off that they were supposedly going to get when the extra grants given from the higher scores came in. there are a lot of others thing that money is wasted on but im not going there. there is no point for me to get all worked over something that i am not trying to fix.

i know that it takes time to fix things and its a hard job to turn things around but they are not even trying to do that.

ingrid, 22
Stockton, CA USA

I would guess tobacco subsidies and subsidies to not grow certain crops like sugar or corn. I've got no sympathy for people who whine about losing their "way of life". Grow something else or get out of farming.

Cathie, 53
Novi, MI USA

immigrant education

Melodi, 19
Gahanna, OH USA

Mine spends too much money on themselves. Yours probably does too.

Keri-Jade, 23
Brampton, Ontario CANADA

At the moment, I'm more concerned with government waste and the fraud of government employees with limitless credit cards than I am with government spending.

Jill, 61
Saylorsburg, PA USA

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