For whatever reason, politicians continually prefer funding failure over success, from alternative energy, bankrupt banks, to failing schools. Originally, American International Group Inc was given $173 billion to stay solvent. After losing $61B, they are now asking for $50B more.
Then, The State of South Carolina, that has worked hard for a balanced budget and kept their spending in control--will now be forced to send money to Cahl ee foor nee ah, which is $42 billion in Debt.
The city of Washington DC, which spends $24,000 per pupil, has a federally funded voucher program that provides 1,700 students $7, 500 to attend schools of their choice. (http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/jun/25/per-pupil-spending-in-dc/.) Next year however, this modest program will likely end because of the "Durbin language" http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123604286020215187.html). This states that the scholarship program ends after the next school year unless Congress authorizes it, and the District of Columbia approves. Since The District is solidly Democrat, and Congress is run by the Democrats, there is no doubt that they will choose Unions over students. Taxpayers are constantly being "asked" to give more "for the children", when the money is mostly siphoned off by the bureaucrats, with little to show in results. Washington, DC students are ranked lowest in math and reading skills. If you did not know, every taxpayer in the United States is subsidizing this abysmal performance.
Meanwhile, homeowners who have sacrificed, saved to make a down payment, and struggling to make their mortgage payment--are now being forced to pay for someone else's mortgage.
The poor saps who thought they were being responsible by saving and being frugal will now have their money taken and given to another.
Speaking of Sap, it's maple sugar time again!
That's where you drive a sharpened stake into a tree and drain the sweet fluid into a bucket.
I guess the difference between a sappy tree and the sappy taxpayer, is that when someone sucks the tree dry, they say "Thank You."