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March 25, 2013
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Letter: Stop wasting our tax dollars

Stop wasting our tax dollars

I just read March 15 in The News-Review about the Bureau of Land Management withholding money for the timber payments, claiming that it is due to the sequestration. This seems to be the administration’s standard excuse: Be sure to cause as much pain as possible. The payment is for $412,660.

According to Bill O’Reilly’s March 14 column, following are some of the absurd and stupid things our money is going for, rather than to help the people: $27 million to the country of Morocco to teach the people over there how to make pottery; $1.5 million to the Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston to study why many American lesbians are overweight; $947,000 to research a “Mars menu,” what astronauts would eat on Mars, especially since our space program has been for all intents and purposes shut down; $325,000 to develop a robot squirrel.

The National Science Foundation funded a New York City theater company for $700,000 to put on a play about “climate change and biodiversity.” Some tax dollars went to an Alabama watermelon exposition. How about money to fund a company that makes shampoo and toothpaste for pets? And if you like caviar, you paid for a website designed to bring those exotic fish eggs “to the masses.” This is how our money is being wasted.

It’s time to wake up people, and the Democrats want more of your hard-earned money in tax hikes. Just think what they could do with more money to spend, say more money on illegals and their support, but we in the State of Oregon can’t get the money promised for the timber they won’t allow to cut.

Rita Jost


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