I was stunned today when my wife handed me a letter from the US Department of Transportation. It was letting us know about the “National Household Travel Survey” that is being conducted. Apparently, we can expect to receive a phone call about this in the near future, and they would like us to participate.
It seems a bit silly to me, but that’s not the real waste going on here. As a “token of appreciation” our friendly federal bureaucrats included $5 in the envelope to encourage us to take the survey when we are called. Not a check, mind you, like the private sector might use. But actual cash. Now, this came in an envelope with a sticker labeled “Resident.” That’s the sort of mail we usually just throw out. In fact, I’m not even sure why my wife opened this one.
How many people are literally throwing $5 in taxpayer money away? This is the epitome of stupid government behavior.