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Obama's Government Gone Wild:

- June 21, 2013

By The Numbers

$2.6 Trillion:

True Cost Of ObamaCare Once Fully Implemented. (Office Of The Speaker Of The U.S. House Of Representatives, Report, 1/6/11)

$1.8 Trillion:

Total Costs For Americans To Comply With Federal Regulations In 2012. (Competitive Enterprise Institute, 5/21/13)

$518 Billion:

Amount Of Regulatory Burden Since Obama Took Office. (American Action Forum, 1/14/13)

$236.7 Billion:

Amount Of Regulatory Burden In 2012. (American Action Forum, 1/14/13)

$44 Billion:

Improper Medicare Payments In 2012. (GAO, p. 53, 2/13)

$19.2 Billion:

Improper Medicaid Payments In 2012. (GAO, p. 53, 2/13)

$521 Million:

Taxpayer Dollars Wasted On Failed Energy Company Solyndra. (The Washington Post , 8/1/12)

$450 Million:

Amount The Government Wastes Per Year On Needless Data Centers. (GAO, p. 66, 3/11)

$400 Million:

Taxpayer Dollars Wasted On Failed Energy Company Abound Solar. ( Indianapolis Business Journal , 12/15/10; Reuters, 7/2/12)

$171 Million:

Taxpayer Dollars Wasted On Failed Energy Company Fisker. ( The Washington Post , 4/24/13)

$118.5 Million:

Taxpayer Dollars Wasted On Failed Energy Company Ener1. (The Hill's E2 Wire, 1/26/12)

$54 Million:

Taxpayer Dollars Wasted On Stimulus Funds For A Napa Valley Wine Train. ("Good Morning America," 2/2/10)

$48.6 Million:

Cost Of All IRS Conferences From FY2010 To FY2012. (TIGTA, 5/31/13)

$43 Million:

Taxpayer Dollars Wasted On Beacon Power. (The Wall Street Journal, 10/27/11)

$5 Million:

Stimulus Funds Spent On Signs Advertising The Stimulus. (ABC News, 7/14/10)

$3.4 Million:

Stimulus Funds For A Turtle "Eco-Passage" In FL. (The Wall Street Journal, 10/28/09)

$2.5 Million:

Stimulus Funds For The Clinton Presidential Library. (The Wall Street Journal, 9/30/09)

$1.2 Million:

Taxpayer Dollars Wasted On A Stimulus Project That Sought To Improve The Accuracy Of Responses To Questions About Sexual History. (NBC News [Bay Area] , 5/13/12)

$860,000:

Cost Of Former DOD Secretary Leon Panetta's Regular Weekend Trips To California. (The New York Times , 4/17/12)

$750,000:

Lease Cost Per Year Of EPA Warehouse That Featured Man-Caves, Vermin Feces, And Mold. (EPA IG, 5/31/13)

$400,000:

Amount Obama Has Spent On Oil Portraits Of Cabinet Secretaries And Generals Since 2011. (ABC News, 3/4/13)

$142,527:

Cost Of Catering For The 2010 GSA Western Regions Conference In Vegas. (GSA IG, 4/2/12)

$135,350:

Cost Of Guest Speakers For 2010 IRS Conference In Anaheim, Which Included Keynote Painting Sessions Of Michael Jordan And Bono. (TIGTA, 5/31/13)

103,800:

New Non-USPS Government Employees Since Obama Took Office. (BLS, Accessed 6/12/13)

$100,000:

Stimulus Funds For A Steakhouse And Martini Bar In St. Joseph, MO. (CBS News, 12/9/09)

$58,808:

Cost Of Ill-Gotten GSA Contract For "Audio-Visual" Services During 2010 Western Regions Conference. (GSA IG, 4/2/12)

$50, 187:

Cost Of Videos For 2010 IRS Conference In Anaheim, Which Included A Star Trek Re-Make And Recording Of Employees Dancing. (TIGTA, 5/31/13)

$27,500:

Cost Of Procuring A Single Speaker For The 2010 IRS Conference In Anaheim That Spoke About "The Medici Effect." (TIGTA, 5/31/13)

$14,678:

Cost Of Federal Regulations Per Family In 2011. (Competitive Enterprise Institute, 5/21/13)

$6,325:

Cost Of Commemorative Coins For The GSA's Western Regions Conference Participants, Meant To Reward Employees For Stimulus Project Work. (GSA IG, 4/2/12)

$5,500:

Stimulus Tax Credit For The Purchase Of Golf Carts. (The Wall Street Journal, 10/17/09)

34.4%

Washington's Share Of The Economy When Combining Federal Regulation And Spending. (Competitive Enterprise Institute, 5/21/13)

4:

Years Under Obama That Government Spending As A Percentage Of GDP Has Exceeded Its 40-Year Average. (CBO, 11/7/12; OMB, Accessed 6/12/13)


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