Ten best examples of wasteful government spending

What do circus classes, robot squirrels and talking urinal cakes have in common? They’re all things the federal government is spending money on, according to the National Republican Congressional Committee’s “Waste List.”

While the whole list contains roughly 100 wasteful government projects — on a Craigslist-styled website — we’ve compiled the ten funniest items here, with pictures.

Enjoy. You’re welcome.

10. Circus classes: $20,000



9. Sidewalks to nowhere: $1,100,000



8. 100-year Starship Initiative: $30,000


 7. Lego city: $3,700



6. Smokey Bear balloons: $49,447

Smokey Bear

5. Robot squirrels: $325,000


4. Star Wars party: $365

Emperor Palpatine

3. Graffiti mural to fight obesity: $13,000


2. Talking urinal cakes: $10,000


1. Fruit fly sexual attractiveness study: $939,771

fruit fly



  1. Jorge K says:

    It is interesting how there are only pictures and dollar amounts listed, there is no text describing the purpose of these government projects. Also the 10 examples listed on this page equals up to $5,421,283 I don’t get it is that supposed to make a dent in our debt amount?

    1. John says:

      Multiply that amount by the 10000 other stupid things the government spends money on and the debt will disappear!

    2. Theo says:

      Jorge, I’m glad you pointed that out. I was getting very disillusioned. I was really starting to believe that our government was wasting money.
      You’re obviously a dem. Here’s a LONG list for ya with detailed explainations. These WOULD make a dent.

  2. Richard Speer says:

    Knowing there are young people, not poisoned by the evil ways of progressive thought, fuels my faith in the restoration of The United States of America.