Washington, Dec 21 (IANS) Why amid record-low approval ratings for US lawmakers, US taxpayers have paid $425,642 for a study on how local politicians incan improve as elected officials through better communications?
So wonders ‘Wastebook 2011′, a new oversight report released by, highlighting what he calls over $6.5 billion in examples ‘of the countless unnecessary, duplicative and low-priority projects spread throughout the ‘.
As part of the National Science Foundation-financed study to research the effects of providing information to citizens on the performance record of local lawmakers, investigators will follow citizens and officials in Delhi for two years, according to the report.
‘It is unclear, however, why India, one of largest nations in the world, would be interested in taking instructions from the United States on how to improve its political culture,’ it said.
Noting that ‘India’s economy will overtake the US by mid-century’, the report said: ‘It is also unclear why the United States is paying for research on a country that owns $40 billion of our national debt, making them one of the major foreign holders of US Treasury securities.
‘Strangely, India is also a significant beneficiary of US foreign aid, receiving over $126 million in health, economic, and security assistance last year.’
In another example, the report said the Department of Agriculture’s Market Access Programme (MAP) recently ‘used taxpayer dollars to subsidise a popular reality television show in India where aspiring designers create fashionable outfits using cotton’.
‘Video games, robot dragons, Christmas trees, and magic museums. This is not a Christmas wish list, these are just some of the ways the federal government spent your tax dollars,’ Coburn said.
Comments: Its said that ”THE SHOW MUST GO ON……”
India world largest known democracy is a prized showcase to world to only follow indian style democracy, therefore US has partnered with india to promote this culture however, they are shocked with india’s unflinching top performance on CORRUPTION/FRAUDS/BRIBERY/SCAMS daily that goes unnoticed by media-outlets. When indians know what does it take to become politician of india (nothing actually) don’t need degrees of any-sort to govern and make rules for literate people/slaves,hhhhaa haaa make us all laugh,
who are then “literate slaves” ruled by “illiterate RULERS”?
VOTE 4 CASH or CASH 4 VOTE (no option but VOTE)
BADAL RULING DYNASTY (chief minister of punjab, india)
P.Badal passes KEY political seat to son S.Badal and inducts most of his family members for RULING punjab STATE!
Is that democracy? Yes, we know the next to-be punjab MINISTERS….all there, correct?
Yes, per various reports most of the RULING INDIAN ELECTED officials are illiterate/corrupt/criminals……apart from DYNASTY RULE that happened before 17th century when KING would grant his seat to his SON and so-on and so-forth!
However, US won’t admit the deep fault-lines in democracy since they too are “following” what is now FALLILNG!
Compare for instance CHINA (communist nation) progressing far better than INDIA (neighbour having 1.3+ billion poplution more than CHINA) actually the population explosion of india has become FISSION REACTION since last 15 years.
Does it matter?
China now tops US in patent filings: China tops US, Japan to become top patent filer
China is around 5 Trillion US$ economy and growing. China is a military might.
China is having far better social benefits and public pension scheme than india….
Hey one can go on and on……on how a simple communist nations is progressing far better than Democratic nation therefore, its a deep concern to US that has been confronting Communist form of Government ever-since.
Its not amazing to find and conclude that INDIA is far more CORRUPT nation than CHINA, at-least indians are not surprised to find india nose-diving to 95th position on world corruption indiex while CHINA is below 80 and improving.
Per various reports average indians families 3 out of 4 are forced to pay BRIBERY to get their JOB done and 1 out of 4 family get their job done thru connections/political-links!
This colossal india’s corruptions/scams/frauds has been going for DECADES however now it has become “FISSION” or “point-of-no-return” and US is worried regarding its ”democracy stamp”!
Further, US has taken india as its partener in ASIA on Military front: US & INDIA NEW ALIGNMENT and APPROACHING WAR WITH CHINA?
Therefore for ailing US economy they perhaps might one day export/outsource their US SENATE jobs to INDIA as-well.
Most of US jobs are now flying and being outsourced to india despite knowing india scoring top scores on corruption…..
The corruption in india is deep rooted to grass-root level, since every trade that takes place deals with tax-free (indian black money), like buying a HOUSE or selling real-estate to buying for local shops etc.etc. its was not surprise to note that indian traders and politicians opposed completely against FDI (multi brand sharing with indian-traders of indian business)
Yes, US most prized world largest democracy where CASH 4 VOTES takes place openly,
when caught they cover-up and flush-out news and detail investigation by international organization is not allowed since, any investigation by india-organization shall still be infested with corruption.
Any active political minister of india only gets RICHER after serving political power, goes undetcted and is oblivious to ruling ELITE!
They arrest only to release them later….check news/reports/alerts on india’s corruption/scams/bribery/frauds most of caught ministers are caught only to be released later once the dust settles,
yea democracy works/rocks for RULING ELITE!
Actually indian voting now implies both ways VOTE for CASH and CASH for VOTE,
since both voters and elected minister gets richer in this scheme!
Forget india’s track record on being “POLICE STATE” and how it implemented ’1984′ in 1984 itself!
But wait-a-minute, all is not green here,