Challenger Investigation Got $175 Million. Columbia $152 Million. Lewinsky $30 Million. 9/11 $15 Million. Financial Crisis Gets Only $8 Million

George Washington's picture



The government spent $175 million investigating the Challenger space shuttle disaster.

It spent $152 million on the the Columbia disaster investigation.

It spent $30 million investigating the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

The government only authorized $15 million for the 9/11 Commission.

how much has the government authorized for the Financial Crisis Inquiry
Commission? You know, the commission charged with getting to the bottom
of what caused the financial crisis?

Just $8 million.

You can tell
alot about the questions which the government is truly interested in
finding answers to by the amount of money it authorizes for the various

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Ying-Yang's picture

Financial crisis investigation cost per point drop over 15 minutes = $11,429

9-11 investigation cost per person killed = $5,321

Productivity is a bitch.


Ying Yang...

moneymutt's picture

Off topic - but GW, I must ask why is the solution to a debt bubble always for regular people to work more for less, or just plain have no work and starve ALONG WITH giving banks all the money they want...why isn't the solution the opposite...

Greece is excellent keeps saying "you workers were getting way too much vacation and we didn't tax the rich at all: so now you must work harder, so you can pay the interest on all the money we must give rich bankers????"

Its like a doctor telling you, the parasite is making you ill, nearly killing you, it harms you and releases toxins when you try to remove, so you should be nicer to it, feed it more so it can stay comfortable...


AnAnonymous's picture

Maybe because work is a functional of resources, many available resources, much available work.

In times the flow rate of resources is diminishing, work has to be decreased. Meanwhile, rent is priviledged.

Husk-Erzulie's picture

The parasite is all knowing and wise and it is there to protect you.

3ringmike's picture

I have never had sexual relations with........

moneymutt's picture

GW - you are officially my favorite ZH poster...although Reggie have you a run for your money...tho I suppose this dog's endorsement is not necessary a good thing..

whiteshadow's picture

$730 million in fees and expenses so far jus for one restructuring case(in case you r's no other than you fav. LehmanBrothers...) n 8m  for this big mess,,,,hmm no wander gov. knows best haha,,,

Problem Is's picture

$30 million on Lewinsky blow jobs was money well spent... I hope Kenneth Starr and Congress learned how...

For the $30 million we got to learn what the definition of "is" is and we got Monica to admit under oath "Here's cum in your eye."

Husk-Erzulie's picture

What the hell ever did happen to the blue dress anyway.  Where is the shot heard round the world?  Parked in a freezer somewhere?  Smithsonian?  Hillary left it on the coffee table and it disappeared?

Problem Is's picture

"What the hell ever did happen to the blue dress anyway."

Hillary Wrapped It Around a Whoopin' Stick
And Bubba Clinton has had nothing but heart problems (heart surgery...not heart love) running from his whoopin' ever since.

One question Bubba Clinton:

"How's that workin' out for you?"

DaveyJones's picture

I think they made it into a tie for the congressional chaplain

Tapeworm's picture

Yeah, so what?

The Lehman lawyers got 700,000,000 more for their jobbing of the shareholders.

fromthebleachers's picture

Thanks to GW for posting this. When Alan Greenspan had finished his testimony and Chairman Phil Angelides shamelessly announced that his performance was "lights out," I wanted to throw up in disgust and lost all hope for any honest results. Wonder how panel member Brooksley Born felt about that.

anony's picture

The Banksters learned their lessons well from the Pecora Commission subpoenas used in the grilling of Morgan, Whitney, Mitchell, and other banksters.

They pay off the CONgressbastards early.


tony bonn's picture

if you put it in real dollars the discrepancies are even greater. there is absolutely no interest in investigating this matter...8m usd isn't even interest on the federal debt for an hour.

i wish someone would investigation obama's nation of birth and his current indonesian citizenship.



true that, 5 months for a "terrorist attack", less than a week for a money shot, sounds about right

umop episdn's picture

If I recall correctly, it was 5 months before the 911 commish got started. Lewinsky took less than a week!

BlackBeard's picture

Loyd Blankfein farts 8mm into Obama's coffee every morning.

Votewithabullet's picture

 I have seen the monster and he is me.

Bringin It's picture

Great ID.  I guess you don't need to concern yourself with Diebold EPROMs.

ZerOhead's picture

Actually only 2% or so... according to National Geographic anyway.

This story that broke last week has had everybody from Evangelical Christians to racial supremicists up in arms. Turns out the only people on the planet who are 100% Homo sapiens (human) are those of African decent...

(The rest of us better just keep quiet about this one... )

And paybacks are a bitch! ...

Rusty_Shackleford's picture

So Neanderthals had vaginas and were warm.


Was there ever really a question about this?


Has anyone ever been surprised by what a human male will stick his dick in?



ZerOhead's picture

Must have been shortly after they invented alcohol...

How many beers Rusty... how many beers...

Rusty_Shackleford's picture

Well.  She looks like she's in good shape.  I like mine a little hippy and hairy.  She probably smells like a Moroccan village, but hell I imagine everybody did back then. 

You never know,  nailing a Neanderthal was probably like being in a washing machine on the heavy duty cycle.

You probably thought you were going to die, came out dizzy, sore, and wet, but then you probably couldn't stop thinking about getting back in there, ya know?

Crab Cake's picture

Rusty, I nearly pissed myself I laughed so hard.

RockyRacoon's picture

Russian women have balls!  Who knew.

I only recognized 2 words.  "Dork" and "Widow".  Both made sense.

This video actually shows her gearing up!

What was the topic of the post again?

ZerOhead's picture

Rusty Rusty Rusty... I am clearly not worthy of my XY chromosomes...

Votewithabullet's picture

ah hem...I'm not a Homo sapien, I am a Hetero sapien. I knew Neanderthals had bred with the Afreeken Homos cuz I have that tell tale ridge above my eye brow. Gotta pack a bowl Jack bauer is about to torture the Russian.

ZerOhead's picture

Brilliant idea Bulletman... bongs away!

(I'm pretty sure I'm a Hetero sapien too... in a Felix domesticus kinda way that is!)

Robert Paulson's picture

Is this $8m classified as a stimulus? 

Or is it a bail-out for its likely recipients?  ie: 'struggling' Keynesian economists


unwashedmass's picture


it really doesn't cost all that much to put on a show for the peasantry....small staff to ensure that the media treats the story properly; a booker to get a few senators and congressmen air time; and a little bit to get a few inept computer people in to "examine the records".....

along with the lawyers to write the "final report" and protect the politicians....actually, that is probably the most expensive part of the operation.

Hulk's picture

175 million big ones to drop an O ring in a glass of ice water. Sounds about right...

moneymutt's picture

and they knew it was the problem before the shuttle blew investigation needed....

Rick64's picture

This says a lot. On another note, does it really cost 175 million to find out what went wrong in the challenger disaster? Who is pocketing this money? 30M investigating the monica scandal to what end? What did this accomplish and what did it prevent? Cigar abuse? Fucking ridiculous.

sumo's picture

Heh. There was a lot of DNA research involved.

digalert's picture

Limited scope and question charade. They have the answers and wouldn't want any of their names showing up.

williambanzai7's picture

Investigations are nothing more than web searches interspersed with cspan theatrics.

Papasmurf's picture

True, but $8 Mil is no where near enough.  There are so many porn sites to investigate. 

Ragnarok's picture

VH1 for really ugly people who won't sleep with Brett Michaels?

A Nanny Moose's picture

Maybe we are just getting more efficient at getting to the bottom of things?

/sarcasm -off