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2% cuts ? Is someone any good at math ?

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WASHINGTON -- Cleanup of radioactive waste at nuclear sites across the country – including one in Washington state where waste tanks may be leaking 1,000 gallons per year – would be delayed under automatic spending cuts set to take effect Friday.

Energy Secretary Steven Chu says the cuts would delay work at the department's highest-risk sites, including the Hanford Nuclear Reservation near Richland, Wash., where six tanks are leaking radioactive waste left over from decades of plutonium production for nuclear weapons.

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So lets get this right, we are going to spend MORE money then last year, but suddenly we cant afford to stop toxic nuclear waste from flowing into the ground? So what is stopping it right now?

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So lets get this right, we are going to spend MORE money then last year, but suddenly we cant afford to stop toxic nuclear waste from flowing into the ground? So what is stopping it right now?

Does automatic spending cuts sound like something you know?

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Well no doubt the US Congress will pass a special spending measure for this and other similar embarrassments; will Obama veto them?

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Well no doubt the US Congress will pass a special spending measure for this and other similar embarrassments; will Obama veto them?

I doubt they will, because then they would have to stop the spending cuts first, which are already law.

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Chief White House Calligrapher Gets Paid $96,725 Per Year

7:39 AM, Mar 6, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER

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With the White House closing its doors to public tour groups in order to save money for the sequester, it's worth remembering some of the other costs the White House incurs annually.

Like the "Chief Calligrapher," Patricia A. Blair, who has an annual salary of $96,725, and her two deputies, Debra S. Brown, who gets paid $85,953 per year, and Richard T. Muffler, who gets paid $94,372 every year.

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In all, the White House appears to employ 3 calligraphers for a yearly total of $277,050.

Despite sequestration, there's been no announcement of the White House scaling back on calligraphers.

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Does automatic spending cuts sound like something you know?

Cutting increases isnt cutting spending. You cant spend more then the year before, and say you are cutting spending.

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Hanford will lose money to clean up the mess. Remember Hanford is the product of this GOVMNT. Its one oif the places they enriched uranium for the earliest nukes and they do have some responsibility to clean up those tanks they dumped there waste in back then. The project which was expected to be completed in 65 years has now been extended indefinitely.

Inslee was informed late last month that Tank T 111, built in the winter of 1943-44, has leaked 150-300 gallons of waste each year.
“The department is reallocating money from long-term efforts to limit sequestration’s near term impact,” Poneman wrote. “The impact of prolonged or permanent sequestration, then, would be greater than described here.”

http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattlepolitics/2013/03/05/hanford-budget-cuts-may-curtail-radioactive-cleanup/

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NUCLEAR CLEANUP

There could be disruption of efforts to close the radioactive waste tanks currently leaking at Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The Department of Energy estimates that it will have to eliminate $92 million for the Office of River Protection at Hanford, which will result in furloughs or layoffs impacting about 2,800 contract workers. Other high-risk sites facing work delays are the Oak Ridge Reservation in Tennessee, Savannah River Site in South Carolina and the Idaho National Laboratory.

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Anyone who would allow nuclear waste to posion this country cause of a leash they put on themselfs regarding a slight slow down in INCREASED spending is down right evil, and should be tried for treason then hung by a rope infront of the white house. Especialy when you add up the hundreds of billions that are wasted on the most ridiculas crap imaginable.

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So what is stopping it right now?

Nothings stopping it and they cant stop it. This is probably the dirtiest nuclear waste in the world. I think I mentioned earlier but the previous projected cleanup was 65years before they found more leaking tanks. And Ive heard its starting to get into the Columbia River again which will wash out into the ocean. That has already happened once before in the 1950's and is higher grade then whats coming out of Chernobyl/Fukushima disasters.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4niJY-MldT4&feature=player_detailpage

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Check this out:

30 Stupid Things The Government Spends Money On

#1 The U.S. government is spending $750,000 on a new soccer field for detainees held at Guantanamo Bay.

#2 The Obama administration plans to spend between 16 and 20 million dollars helping students from Indonesia get master’s degrees.

#3 If you can believe it, the U.S. government has spent $175,587 “to determine if cocaine makes Japanese quail engage in sexually risky behavior”.

#4 The U.S. government spent $200,000 on “a tattoo removal program” in Mission Hills, California.

#5 The federal government has shelled out $3 million to researchers at the University of California at Irvine to fund their research on video games such as World of Warcraft. Wouldn’t we all love to have a “research job” like that?

#6 The Department of Health and Human Services plans to spend $500 million on a program that will, among other things, seek to solve the problem of 5-year-old children that “can’t sit still” in a kindergarten classroom.

#7 Fannie Mae is about to ask the federal government for another $4.6 billion bailout, and it will almost certainly get it.

#8 The federal government once spent 30 million dollars on a program that was designed to help Pakistani farmers produce more mangos.

#9 The U.S. Department of Agriculture once gave researchers at the University of New Hampshire $700,000 to study methane gas emissions from dairy cows.

#10 According to USA Today, 13 different government agencies “fund 209 different science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs — and 173 of those programs overlap with at least one other program.”

#11 A total of $615,000 was given to the University of California at Santa Cruz to digitize photos, T-shirts and concert tickets belonging to the Grateful Dead.

#12 China lends us more money than any other foreign nation, but that didn’t stop our government from spending 17.8 million dollars on social and environmental programs for China.

#13 The U.S. government once spent 2.6 million dollars to train Chinese prostitutes to drink responsibly.

#14 One professor at Stanford University was given $239,100 to study how Americans use the Internet to find love.

#15 The U.S. Postal Service spent $13,500 on a single dinner at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse.

#16 The National Science Foundation once spent $216,000 to study whether or not politicians “gain or lose support by taking ambiguous positions”.

#17 A total of $1.8 million was spent on a “museum of neon signs” in Las Vegas, Nevada.

#18 The federal government spends 25 billion dollars a year maintaining federal buildings that are either unused or totally vacant.

#19 U.S. farmers are given a total of $2 billion each year for not farming their land.

#20 The U.S. government handed one Tennessee library $5,000 for the purpose of hosting a series of video game parties.

#21 A few years ago the government spent $123,050 on a Mother’s Day Shrine in Grafton, West Virginia. It turns out that Grafton only has a population of a little more than 5,000 people.

#22 One professor at Dartmouth University was given $137,530 to create a “recession-themed” video game entitled “Layoff”.

#23 According to the Heritage Foundation, the U.S. military spent “$998,798 shipping two 19-cent washers from South Carolina to Texas and $293,451 sending an 89-cent washer from South Carolina to Florida”.

#24 The U.S. Department of Agriculture once shelled out $30,000 to a group of farmers to develop a tourist-friendly database of farms that host guests for overnight “haycations”.

#25 The National Institutes of Health paid researchers $400,000 to find out why gay men in Argentina engage in risky sexual behavior when they are drunk.

#26 The National Institutes of Health also once spent $442,340 to study the behavior of male prostitutes in Vietnam.

#27 The National Institutes of Health loves to spend our tax money on really bizarre things. The NIH once spent $800,000 in “stimulus funds” to study the impact of a “genital-washing program” on men in South Africa.

#28 According to the Washington Post, 1,271 different government organizations work on government programs related to counterterrorism and homeland security.

#29 The U.S. government spent $100,000 on a “Celebrity Chef Fruit Promotion Road Show in Indonesia”.

#30 The feds once gave Alaska Airlines $500,000 “to paint a Chinook salmon” on the side of a Boeing 737.

Looks like college was a huge waste of money for most of our Congressmen..... :unsure2:

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