waste of taxpayer money


Title: Memories

Pairing: Dean x Reader

Word Count: 5,500

Warning: This is angsty, fluffy, soul touching and heart breaking all at once

A/N: Okay guys, this is my first ever soulmate piece and I worked really REALLY hard on this. It took a very long time to outline and smooth out so that it all flows right. PLEASE send feedback!! Major shout out to @mysteriouslyme81 for giving me the inspiration for this many months ago and helping me find the perfect song for the final part. 

The Beginning

Every single one of us would go to extremes for the one we love.

When the Alzheimer’s treatments stopped working and you couldn’t remember the simplest of things, Dean got desperate.

Shuffling his way into the familiar witch’s work room Dean grabbed a pen and paper and listened carefully.

“Only give her this on the worst of days”

“Remind her of a happy time, you will both be transported to that time, and upon return the memory will remain”

“This magic must be used carefully, only the strongest of loves will power it”

“I will give you enough for 7 memories to be restored to start”

“Remember though, giving her everything may cost you everything”

Dean Winchester never let warnings stop him. Eighty-five years old and watching the only true love of his life slip away he sure as hell wasn’t going to start listening to them now.

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Trump is 'eliminating arts funding programs'. It will save him 0.0625% of the federal budget
'It’s sad in a way because those programs aren’t causing the deficit. These programs don’t amount to a hill of beans'

It emerged over the weekend that Donald Trump is moving forward with his plans to axe the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities (which partially funds NPR and PBS), the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and other programs as he looks to prune public spending.

The White House budget office has drafted a “hit list” of programs, according to The New York Times, all of which cost under $500 million a year to run. In fact, they total approximately $2.5 billion - just 0.0625% of the projected $4 trillion budget.

“It’s sad in a way because those programs aren’t causing the deficit,” Steve Bell of the Bipartisan Policy Center told the Times. “These programs don’t amount to a hill of beans.”

Administration officials are apparently aware of the comparatively minuscule cuts, but want to make examples of the programs as ‘wastes of taxpayer money’.

Robert L. Lynch, head of Americans for the Arts, a nonprofit, sees it differently.

“The public wants to see agencies like the N.E.A. continue,” he added to the Times.

“There is always a debate, but there has been agreement among Republicans and Democrats that funding for the arts is a good thing, and it has been kept in place.”

Concurrently, Trump’s weekend Mar-a-Lago getaways are costing taxpayers an estimated $3 million.

An impulsive writing exercise

I’ve never done anything like this before, but here goes.  No thought, no research, NO EDITING, just doing it.

In the Car
Rated PG
Suzanne Feld

“So, Scully, are you still worried about not getting out of the car?” Mulder said lazily, cracking another seed between his teeth and catching the shells in his palm.  Though when in his own car he often spit them out the window, Scully didn’t allow it in rentals, Bureau rides or her car.

She shrugged, piloting the Taurus easily down the empty Kansas two-lane blacktop highway with one hand on the lower part of the steering wheel.  Though everyone joked about Kansas being flat and boring, she found it to be somewhat hilly and with interesting little towns and farms between the fields and fields of corn and grain.  In her opinion, eastern Colorado was much more boring until you saw the Rockies on the horizon.  “Sometimes. This case was worth all the traveling, we saved some lives and caught the bad guy.  But last month’s Bigfoot…”

He snorted easy laughter.  “C’mon, Scully, admit it.  If I didn’t come up with something at least vaguely weird once in a while you’d wonder what was wrong with me.”

“True.  I can’t argue that.” She listened to another crack-tap of a seed splitting, remembering how Mulder had told her how hearing the sound from his father’s study had comforted him.  Now it had the same effect on her. “You know, however, that if we keep wasting the taxpayers’ money on cases like Mothmen and vampires, we’re going get shut down eventually.”

“Nah, Skinner’s got our back,” he said. “I think our solve rate for, ah, real cases is high enough that he puts up with our occasional stinker.”

Scully didn’t argue, instead enjoying the beautiful sunny spring day, her window cracked and the breeze occasionally ruffling her hair.  Mulder’s easy relaxed attitude was rubbing off on her, and for once she didn’t care.

Shortly a small town appeared ahead, and when she saw the sign for a diner she pulled over without saying anything.  Their flight wasn’t for another three hours and they weren’t far from the airport now, and she was hungry.

As they walked into the diner Scully thought that, yes, this was enough getting out of the car for her as long as Mulder was by her side.

So our current administration is trying to eliminate the Corporation for National and Community Service and with it all of the AmeriCorps programs. 

AmeriCorps members:
-Respond to natural disasters
-Build low-income housing
-Tutor students to improve literacy and math skills
-Help non-profits find grants and funding streams to help lower the impact of poverty in their community
-Improve environmental conservation
-Support teachers and students in under-funded urban school districts
-Perform community development in every possible capacity
-Combat homelessness
-Increase educational access in low-income communities
-Educate the public to improve health and wellness

Full time. Voluntarily. For way less than minimum wage. The majority of AmeriCorps positions are partially or entirely grant-funded. Someone please justify how these programs are a waste of taxpayer money?

the comments of a toronto star article about the ttc changing the name of downsview station to sheppard west to reduce confusion (since a new station north of it will be called downsview park, because it will be in the park) is like

entirely incensed people saying its a HUGE waste of taxpayer money to change the name and they’ll keep calling it downsview

why are people

anonymous asked:

What are your views on the death penalty? Jw... like not gonna fite u obviously but I wanna know

The Death Penalty is a perfectly fine option for punishment for those that have committed certain crimes.

I would prefer that rapists, Pedophiles, those that prey on the elderly or those cannot defend themselves(i.e., Coma patients), serial killers, and mass murders/terrorists all face the death penalty.

All of these crimes are disgusting and the people that commit them often have little or no remorse. Chances are they’ll repeat as well once they are released from prison.

Keeping them on the taxpayer’s dime for a life sentence isn’t punishing them more than the taxpayers. It’s a waste of money.

In addition, lethal injections are too damn expensive to kill somebody. Hanging or firing squad is cheaper, and it’s pretty obvious they’re dead after the fact.

Hamilton's writing process
  • Hamilton: (yeah)
  • Hamilton: (yeah)
  • Hamilton: (droppin everything today)
  • Hamilton: (making it rain)
  • Hamilton: (precipitatin straight up mayhem)
  • Hamilton: (HELLS of weather patterns closing in)
  • Hamilton: (inanimate shit be slippin from my mitts)
  • Hamilton: (my digits cant commit to a legitimate grip)
  • Hamilton: (wait)
  • Hamilton: (nah ima start over)
  • Hamilton: (feel this flow out a lil more)
  • Hamilton: (about how im droppin things today)
  • Hamilton: (just left and right)
  • Hamilton: (things of all shapes sizes and dubious metaphorical merit)
  • Hamilton: (things aint even being held)
  • Hamilton: (by chumps who cant be assed to show up)
  • Hamilton: (droppin shit on yo BEHALF)
  • Hamilton: (you name it)
  • Hamilton: (ima let it go)
  • Hamilton: (drop it like a frivolous lawsuit)
  • Hamilton: (oh snap)
  • Hamilton: (get out of my courtroom bitch)

Jim coughs. He coughs again, louder. He looks at Anita and rolls his eyes.
They finally stir, Edward looking bewildered, then sweetly bashful, Daisy smiling and stretching and reminding Anita of a contented cat. Anita wants to kill them both. Isn’t that what everyone wants, to die happy? She’d be doing them a favour.
Edward: Oh, uh, hi Dad. We must have fallen asleep while we were studying. Is the limo here?
Jim: They just rang to say it’s on its way. Ridiculous waste of taxpayers’ money if you ask me…
Edward: Don’t be silly, Dad. You deserve to go out in style. Have a great time. Daisy and I won’t wait up-
Daisy’s eyes widen.
Daisy: Oh wow, Mrs Aitken, what an awesome dress! You look amazing.
Jim: She always does.
He draws her towards him and Anita murmurs modestly. Portions of her face are still numb. How unfair that her heart can’t be injected with Botox too.


I actually think it’s good that Sanders is supporting Hillary Clinton.

I don’t see this as Sanders selling himself out. Rather, he is doing this out of necessity to stop the force that is Donald Trump.

I can understand not liking Clinton, but we have to stop pretending that she’s somehow as bad or worse than Trump.

Clinton won’t waste taxpayer money on a pointless wall, she will not try to make abortion or same sex marriage illegal, and she wants stricter gun regulations and to expand Obamacare.

Also she’s much more honest than Trump. (You can check how honest they are on the Politifact website.)

Even if Clinton was not your first choice, I still recommend voting for her in the November election.

Every vote for Hillary Clinton makes it harder for Donald Trump to get elected.

Hamilton Characters as Parks and Recreation Quotes
  • Alexander Hamilton: I love this idea, and I love me, for thinking of it.
  • Eliza Schuyler Hamilton: like a coy dutch woman guarding a dark secret.
  • Angelica Schuyler Church: Be the woman who moves away, climbs the ladder, and confidently comes back and has sex with her hot old English teacher just for kicks.
  • Aaron Burr: (“so you weren’t thinking”) Not at all. I cannot emphasize enough how little I was thinking.
  • Also Aaron Burr: One time I waited outside a woman’s house for five days just to show her how serious I was about wanting to drill her.
  • Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette: I thought you needed some air, even if that air is fouled by the stench of European socialism.
  • Hercules Mulligan: I got the babysitter pregnant. And when she was in the delivery room I had sex with not one, but four nurses in a supply closet...as well as a woman whose husband was getting a liver transplant.
  • John Laurens: Derek is gay but he's straight for me, but he's gay for Ben, and Ben's really gay for Derek.
  • George Washington: I value a good education, so I don't want to see Andy waste his time in college. Of all my co-workers, he's one of a small number whom I don't actively root against. Ah, there I go getting all sappy.
  • King George III: The key to burning an ex-wife effigy is to dip it in paraffin wax and then toss the flaming bottle of isopropyl alcohol from a safe distance. Do not stand too close when you burn an ex-wife effigy.
  • Peggy Schuyler: My sister's really lame. But Andy's pretty cool. I guess I kinda see why he would marry her. Also, if anyone has seen my grey hoodie I lost it, thanks.
  • Thomas Jefferson: This is why people hate the government. Because just when the bill is going to pass, everything is ruined by some jerkbutt.
  • James Madison: All government is a waste of taxpayer money
  • Maria Reynolds: That woman really knows her way around a penis.
  • John Reynolds: I have never taken the high road. But I tell other people to 'cause then there's more room for me on the low road.
  • Philip Hamilton: I guess when my life is incomplete I wanna shoot someone.
  • General Charles Lee: THE PERM MUST WAIT, Autumn. THE PERM....MUST WAIT.

We need to talk about these traffic lights in Vienna. At 47 different pedestrian crossings around the city, red and green crosswalk lights are flashing images of stick-figure couples, some same-sex and some different-sex. (Meaning, of course, that some couples have both figures wearing dresses/capes and some do not.) It’s a hat tip to the Life Ball, upcoming HIV/AIDS fundraisers, Eurovision and a general movement toward acceptance.

Reactions have obviously been mixed:

The Freedom Party has announced it is lodging a criminal complaint against Vienna Councilwoman Maria Vassilakou, who is in charge of traffic issues in the city.

Party officials say the lights contravene traffic regulations and are a waste of taxpayers’ money at a cost of 63,000 euros ($70,000).

The city in turn says that the lights conform to laws — and are meant not only to show tolerance. Municipal officials say they also hope the signals will draw more attention from pedestrians and reduce jay-walking.

Vienna!! I am happily baffled. (via the Huffington Post)

19 Absurd Congressional Charts

A new Tumblr from C-SPAN’s Bill Gray collected some of the greatest hits from Capitol Hill. Your tax dollars at work.

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See them all at the Senate Charts Tumblr.

if there’s something you want to be outraged about, maybe be angry at this girl, for making it so much harder for genuine victims.

be angry at her, for contributing to the rape culture in pro sports. be angry at her for wasting taxpayers’ time and money. 

be angry at her for destroying an innocent man’s reputation. be angry at her for being part of the reason women are afraid! 

but DON’T be angry at the man who did not commit any crime and, in fact, will have his life forever tarnished by this.

patrick was tried by the media and the public, found guilty, and hung out to dry for a crime he didn’t commit.

and he will never be able to rebuild his reputation, avoid ‘rapist got away’ chants, or stop his name being linked to this incident. google his name ten years from now, and the words ‘rape allegation’ will come up next to it.

to paraphrase raymond donovan: which office does he go to, to get his reputation back now?

Republicans Want To Require Photo ID For Food Stamps

from the article:

Though a photo requirement was omitted from the 2014 farm bill, which contained several food stamp reforms, state lawmakers in Maine and Massachusetts have taken up the issue. Massachusetts started putting SNAP recipients’ photos on their electronic benefit transfer cards in 2013, prompting ongoing complaints from the USDA that the state is using the requirement to improperly cut benefits.
A December letter from the USDA outlined “significant concerns with regards to client access to program benefits.” A key problem is that food stamp benefits typically go to entire households, meaning any family member is supposed to be able to use the household debit card, not just the person whose photo is on the card. The USDA has similar concerns about Maine’s new photo requirement and has threatened to cut administrative funding to the state.

So prior to the work I do now, I was an Americorp corp member. Which meant I spent 2 years doing a type of service work in exchange for a modest stipend that was a living wage and a standard education award that could only be given to an institution on my behalf. We were essentially paid poverty level wages. Another aspect, however, is that all Americorp members qualify for food stamps by nature of our low stipend and service work. 

I remember when Massachusets transitioned to the photo ID card. It required me taking another morning off work, which I was incredibly privileged because Americorp employers understand that everyone is (potentially) on food stamps and (some) managers go out of their way to make sure you have food. I have spent more hours than I can count waiting in EBT lines.

While I am no longer a recipient, I barely ever had a cashier actually ever taking my EBT card in my hand and comparing it to my face. I feel like, in some ways, it must have just been a scare tactic. But I also went out of my way to avoid interaction that involved making my EBT card visible. Whenever possible I would go to self-checkout. I would just avoid entire stores just to avoid the stigma of being a visible food stamp recipient. I feel like actually requiring photo ID is just another measure that will continue to make SNAP recipients hyper visible and further stigmatize having food stamps.  I think the goal is to either just eventually shame recipients into just not using the program at all or ensure that everyone else around knows exactly who has SNAP so that they can judge, criticize and memorize all aspects of their purchase. Soon we’ll be seeing more analysis of “things food stamps recipients waste taxpayers money on” and blogs dedicated to all the food people on food stamps don’t deserve to eat…

Should Teens Be Arrested for the Stupid Things They Say on Social Media?

On Sunday morning, a Dutch teenager named Sarah made one of the most disastrous attempts to be funny on Twitter in history. The 14-year-old girl, whose now-suspended handle was @QueenDemetriax_, decided it would be a good idea to tweet “hello my name’s Ibrahim and I’m from Afghanistan. I’m part of Al Qaida and on June 1st I’m gonna do something really big bye [sic]” at the official account of American Airlines, which responded with an ominous “Sarah, we take these threats very seriously. Your IP address and details will be forwarded to security and the FBI.”

Naturally, she freaked like the kid in trouble she was, tweeting panicked messages to @AmericanAir that she was “kidding,” “joking,” “scared,” “not from Afghanistan,” and “just a girl” who “never did anything wrong” in her life. She briefly paused to take stock of her fame (“Over 2,000 RTs what”) before she was identified by Dutch police, turned herself infor making a false report, and was brought to a court hearing before being released.

It’s not clear that she’ll face criminal charges, but in the wake of her jokey “threat” came a storm of copycats tweeting warnings to American Airlines (and Southwest Airlines, for whatever reason); it was sort of like that scene in Spartacus except much, much stupider. Articles about this hot new teen trend generally took pains to castigate young twitterers like@twerkcunt for their poor choice of prank. Writing for the Washington Post’s style blog, Caitlin Dewey made sure everyone knew that this kind of trolling was NOT COOL, KIDS:

We hardly need reiterate the problems with this kind of thing: Airlines need to take threats seriously, no matter how silly they seem, which means a lot of airline employees (and presumably, police and security and FBI) are spending a lot of time tracking down nuisance threats, as well.

Leaving aside, for a minute, the vast waste of taxpayer money and manpower that represents, there’s another more ground-level problem here: This trolling completely destroys whatever incentives airlines have to engage with their customers on Twitter.

I would argue that if federal agents spent any time whatsoever tracking down Twitter user @comedybatman or the kids making “I think you guys are THE BOMB”–related puns, the resulting waste of taxpayer money is on them, not the trolling teens. But more importantly, the knee-jerk reaction here—tut-tutting at some kids for having some fun making incredibly distasteful jokes—distracts from the actual problem of teens getting arrested, or suspended or expelled from school, for things they’ve posted to social media.