9. Public Transportation & Security
In perhaps its most frivolous spending project, the government is involved in transportation in more than one facet. First of all, the government invests billions of dollars in projects like Amtrak, which is highly expensive and is therefore not at all able to compete with private carriers. Then there is the TSA, which invades our privacy and personal rights every time we choose to travel through an airport (something similar to the arrival to a designated checkpoint in a former Soviet state). Both are similar in that they represent an intrusion by the government into an area which should be exclusively left to the free market. Under the current model, government wastes our money and destroys our rights through its unnecessary entanglement.