U.S. Spends $1.18 Million on Puppets Amid Sequester

March 28, 2013 11:21 am  

(Breitbart) – The recent canceling of White House tours in the name of sequester-related cuts understandably has disappointed children and families grousing.

Canceling tours of “the people’s house” saves taxpayers an estimated $18,000 a week, or $936,000 a year.

FAX BLAST SPECIAL: Impeach Obama NOW! For Sedition against the Constitution!

Putting that figure in perspective, the U.S. federal government has spent more on puppets and puppetry-related expenses than it would cost to fund an entire year’s worth of White House tours.

Yes, puppets.

From 2009 to 2013, the U.S. government has spent $1,188,382 on puppetry-related expenses. Some of the expenses include puppet shows for kids on educational topics. Others include puppet-based research. In 2010, the taxpayer-funded National Science Foundation awarded the University of Central Florida a $199,754 research grant for “Efficient Control and Transmission of Digital Puppetry.”

The UCF website explains the project thusly:

The purpose of this project is to improve the quality of experiences that can be provided by the puppeteering paradigm (more varied behaviors, enhanced quality of service, reduced latency), while simultaneously reducing the barrier to entry (cost and complexity of set-up, cognitive load on puppeteer, need for extensive training).

In February 2013, the taxpayer-funded National Endowment for the Arts invested $25,000 into something called “In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask,” a Minneapolis project that will “support the development of a new work by puppetry artists in the Sampo Box Program.”

In 2009, tax dollars also funded research involving “puppet choreography and automated marionettes” at Northwestern University to the tune of $358,410, or roughly 19 weeks worth of White House visitor tours.

No one is pummeling puppets; to be sure, some of these expenses have produced positive outcomes. But when the White House website ominously informs citizens that “due to staffing reductions resulting from sequestration, we regret to inform you that White House tours will be canceled,” it’s time to get real and pull back the curtain on the political puppet show in Washington.

If the feds have to cut federal “puppet expenditures” to keep the people’s house open, so be it.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/03/27/Under-Obama-U-S-Spends-1-18-Million-On-Puppets

Obama: 'Speeches Aren't Enough'
Big Sis Ignores Congressman’s Demand For Briefing on Bullet Buys

Top Stories

Home Ownership Rates Lowest Since 1967 (CNBC) - The U.S. homeownership rate fell to 63.4 percent in the second quarter of 2015, according to the U.S. Census. That is down from 63.7 percent ...
More Children Living in Poverty Now than During Recession (USA Today) - A higher percentage of children live in poverty now than did during the Great Recession, according to anew report from the Annie E. Ca...
CBO: Debt Headed to 103% of GDP; Level Seen Only in WWII (CNS News) - Testifying in the U.S Senate yesterday, Congressional Budget Office Director Keith Hall warned that the publicly held debt of the U.S. go...
Thanks to Minimum Wage Hike, San Francisco Chipotle Customers Pay... (Daily Signal) - Following a 14 percent minimum wage increase in San Francisco, Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. had to raise its prices proportionately, a...
10 Worst States in U.S. to Make a Living in 2015 Based on wages, taxes, cost of living, unemployment (USA Today) - We all want to make a good living, but the rat race doesn't provide the same cour...
AP Calls Crippled Economy ‘Healthy’ Amid Mass Immigration (Breitbart) - In a grim report detailing America’s severe economic decline, the Associated Press brushes off two crucial factors: Mass immigratio...

Comments


Please help us stay spam-free. Mouse over a spam post and click the X to report spam.