The Departments of Interior and Transportation have caught the basketball fever so bad, they’ve dropped more than $20K on rebounding machines. Several rebounding machines. Meanwhile, the most the Department of Education spends on hoops is time wasted on Arne Duncan rebounding POTUS air balls.
Now, DOI and DOT haven’t spent their money on some run-of-the-mill rebounding machine. The Shoot-A-Way is a popular apparatus used by teams at all levels of basketball. In fact, two out of the final four use the Shoot-A-Way. Louisville,the favorite for this year’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Champion, owns eight. Only the best for our most superflous government agencies.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs inside the Department of the Interior spent close to $15,000 for Shoot-A-Ways, in 2009 and in 2012. Salazar’s 2012 order of a Shoot-A-Way was issued to Riverside Indian School in Anadarko, Ok. That’s $5,232 in U.S. tax dollars spent on teams in 2012-2013 that went 8-12 and 4-9.
And even in the face of the March 1 sequester that’s resulted in up to 47,000 hard-working FAA employees being furloughed, outgoing Transportation secretary Ray LaHood rang up $6,386 on February 15, 2013, for a Shoot-A-Way that went to the Maritime Administration. The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, which the Maritime Administration oversees, has a better record than Riverside. The men’s and women’s teams hovered around .500 this year, thus proving, as in the case of California’s High-Speed Rail system, that the Department of Transportation enjoys spending thousands of tax dollars on middling projects.
This is just an example of the kind of waste we see in government. There are a number of egregious examples of waste, some of which were outlined late last year in Sen. Tom Coburn’s Wastebook.
Though this is a relatively small sum, let’s not forget that this is taxpayer money. It also shows that the Obama Administration, despite all of the scare tactics it recently displayed over the sequester, isn’t exactly looking for areas to cut waste.