One could make the argument that MUCH of the government is non-essential and we’d do better if we closed a few more things. And if you think the government is a model of efficiency, need we remind you of some of the ways our tax money is spent?

  The National Science Foundation has given $384,949 to Yale University to do a study on “Sexual Conflict, Social Behavior and the Evolution of Waterfowl Genitalia”. Try not to laugh, but much of this research involves examining and measuring the reproductive organs of male ducks.

  Overall, 139 different White House staffers were making at least $100,000 during 2012, and there were 20 staffers that made the maximum of $172,200.

  U.S. taxpayers spend more than 1.4 billion dollars a year on the Obamas. Meanwhile, British taxpayers only spend about 58 million dollars on the entire royal family.

  During 2012, $25,000 of federal money was spent on a promotional tour for the Alabama Watermelon Queen.

  The U.S. government spent $505,000 “to promote specialty hair and beauty products for cats and dogs” in 2012.

  Over the past 15 years, a total of approximately $5.25 million has been spent on hair care services for the U.S. Senate.

  The U.S. government spent 27 million dollars to teach Moroccans how to design and make pottery in 2012.

  During fiscal 2012, the National Science Foundation gave researchers at Purdue University $350,000. They used part of that money to help fund a study that discovered that if golfers imagine that a hole is bigger it will help them with their putting.

  If you can believe it, $10,000 of U.S. taxpayer money was actually used to purchase talking urinal cakes up in Michigan.

  The U.S. Department of Agriculture has spent $300,000 to encourage Americans to eat caviar.

  The National Institutes of Health recently gave $666,905 to a group of researchers that is conducting a study on the benefits of watching reruns on television.

  The National Institutes of Health recently gave $548,731 to a team of researchers that concluded that those that drink heavily in their thirties also tend to feel more immature.