Find out how a group of young Minnesotans tried to use federal financial aid to fund their journey to join ISIS. Discover why US government agencies spend billions of dollars annually on crazy projects, like putting a mountain lion or a snail on a treadmill and watching monkeys gamble. See how a group of US researchers spent thousands of tax dollars to watch Chinese gamers play World of Warcraft, and to compete with them. Find out how the US government tax watchdog itself, the IRS, poured cash into filming remakes of Star Trek and Gilligan’s Island for a corporate party. Listen to our special series "Crazy Government Spending: Weirdest Projects Sponsored by US Taxpayers."
On the cover of the book, called “Give me a Texan”, a man with the naked torso of a bodybuilder is wearing a cowboy hat, standing in a hot desert.
In the corporate world, going to team building trips, throwing parties somewhere out-of-town and shooting funny videos are not unusual things. However, for government agencies doing the same means extra scrutiny, especially if they are having fun at the taxpayer's expense.
Video games have been a part of the entertainment industry for decades.
For years Medicare and Medicaid budget cuts were among the hottest topics in the US. But while some government agencies faced austerity measures, others went on spending sprees.