Brother, can you spare $2 billion?

The federal government was shut down for most of January, but still managed to report $2,280,273,306 in spending. See details. The top three spending categories were: Engineering services, $204,549,134 Security guards and patrol services, $201,549,259 Computer systems design services, $177,473,195 A few other spending areas included: Temporary help, $24,649,752 Irradiation apparatus, $12,741,346 Ambulance services, $6,920,371 … Read more

A billion here, a billion there…

Over the past three decades, the U.S. government has spent more than $1 billion for broadcasting to Cuba and for democracy programs on the island. On Oct. 31, the Congressional Research Service, or CRS reported: From FY1984 through FY2018, Congress appropriated about $882 million for broadcasting to Cuba. The Trump Administration’s FY2019 request is for … Read more

Hastening the transition to fabulous wealth

In Jan. 26, 2015, the U.S. Agency for International Development suspended the non-profit company that ran a Cuba program called “Hastening the Transition to Democracy.” International Relief & Development, or IRD, had received at least $3.5 million for Cuba projects from September 2011 to September 2014. USAID accused IRD of reckless spending and mismanaging contracts, … Read more

America’s unrelenting quest to derail Cuba

The U.S. government paid at least $227 million for democracy-promotion projects from 2001 to 2017. A detailed list shows that the projects ranged from complex multimillion-dollar initiatives to grants of less than $50,000. The U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department managed most of the projects. Annual funding peaked at $34 million in 2008 during … Read more