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Government spending is always topical. For every liberal decrying the paltry money begrudgingly dripped into the welfare state, there’s a libertarian begging for it to be reduced further. For every spectacularly wasteful government project, there’s some piece of essential infrastructure that benefits millions. Getting it right is tricky.

Or, as in the cases below, you could simply not even try. These projects were so pointless and so wasteful, it feels like their only real purpose was to shove a gigantic middle finger into the face of the taxpayer.

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Coming up:

10. Dubai is Equipping its Firefighters with Jetpacks
9. A Kenyan Ministry Bought Sex Toys on Expenses
8. Italy Blew 2 Million on an Elevator to Nowhere
7. Hong Kong Spends Millions on Feng Shui
6. The US Spent $6m Making a Pakistani Sesame Street
5. A Swedish Town Spent Millions Getting Itself Onto Second Life
4. Haiti Spent Earthquake Money on Sick 4x4s
3. A UK Minister Charged Taxpayers to Have His Moat Cleaned
2. The State Department Spent Over $600,000 on Facebook Likes
1. Brunei Spends Billions on the Craziest Crap You Could Possibly Imagine

Source/Further reading:

http://www.wired.com/2015/11/dubai-is-seriously-buying-jetpacks-for-its-firefighters-seriously/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-34720355
http://www.thelocal.it/20150605/five-insane-ways-europes-money-was-blown-in-italy
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/11400808/Scandal-of-Sicilian-villages-2m-EU-funded-lift-to-nowhere.htmlhttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/11400808/Scandal-of-Sicilian-villages-2m-EU-funded-lift-to-nowhere.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/hongkong/8206601/Hong-Kong-government-spends-millions-on-feng-shui.html
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-pakistan-usa-sesame-idUSBRE85418X20120605
http://www.businessinsider.com/second-life-today-2014-7
http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=sv&u=http://www.sydsvenskan.se/digitalt--teknik/malmo-stad-lamnar-second-life/&prev=search
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/officials-ignored-haiti-earthquake-warnings/story-e6frg6so-1225823052075
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/mps-expenses/5572694/MPs-expenses-the-20-worst-cover-ups.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/federal-eye/wp/2013/07/03/ig-report-state-department-spent-630000-to-increase-facebook-likes/
http://nypost.com/2014/05/10/inside-the-wacky-sex-obsessed-world-of-brunei/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silvio_Berlusconi

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