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Army Corps dumps $7M into defective Afghan plant

- The Washington Times

According to a report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), the United States has shelled out more than $7.2 million to construct a defective power plant and wasted another $1.3 million building two gas stations that have never been used.

Crystal A. Diaz, a U.S. Border Patrol agent with the Tucson Sector in Arizona, rides her ATV while on patrol.  (AP Photo/U.S. Border Patrol)

Homeland Security spends millions on overtime

- The Washington Times

The Homeland Security Department continues to dole out hundreds of millions of dollars a year in overtime to its employees without being sure it is justified, despite years of warning that valuable tax money is in danger of being wasted.

The most egregious examples of government waste, fraud or abuse from TWT staff. (Golden Hammer cropped logo)

At FAA, bigger budgets for less work lead to waste

- The Washington Times

The Federal Aviation Administration's budget demands continue to grow, even though air traffic has dropped in recent years and the agency's productivity has significantly declined, according to a damning internal audit.

The most egregious examples of government waste, fraud or abuse from TWT staff.

Hospitals pocketing taxpayer cash for free devices

- The Washington Times

Hospitals across the United States may be pocketing millions of dollars in taxpayer money annually by charging Medicare for replacement cardiac medical devices they received for free, a new inspector general's audit has found.

The most egregious examples of government waste, fraud or abuse from TWT staff. (Golden Hammer cropped logo)

Tax dollars wasted on humanities projects, critics charge

- The Washington Times

It takes a lot of taxpayer dollars to subsidize a culture. American taxpayers are spending tens of millions of dollars this year funding National Endowment for the Humanities grants that, among other things, finance research projects that look into the lives of pets during Victorian England, consider the history of black Americans in golf and study the culture of tea consumption in India.

Many of the pumpkins that are the cornerstones of festivals and events financed by tax dollars were grown with the assistance of pricey farm subsidies. (Associated Press)

Halloween windfall: Taxpayers subsidize pumpkin patches, fall festivals

- The Washington Times

Fall is in the air and local governments across America are celebrating by using tax dollars to help subsidize everything from pumpkin patches, hay rides and haunted corn mazes to an event that would make "Modern Family's" Cameron Tucker proud: launching Halloween pumpkins thousands of feet into the air.

When the 49ers play their home opener Sept. 14, they will christen their new home, Levi's Stadium, that drew $114 million in taxpayer support. For sacking taxpayers and improving their bottom line with public subsidies, the San Francisco 49ers win this week's Golden Hammer. (Associated Press)

Golden Hammer: Many NFL stadiums built on the backs of taxpayers

- The Washington Times

The start of a new professional football season Thursday night provided a stark reminder that taxpayers have contributed heavily to the success of the National Football League, with billions in subsidies for new stadiums and even more construction projects on the horizon.