They spent $16 Grand on electric car charging stations and only made 13 bucks?

That there is one mighty fine government program!

The city of Des Moines, Iowa has only seen a $13 return on its investment so far after spending $16,000 last year on three electric car charging stations.

The ChargePoint units, installed in front of the Franklin Avenue Public Library and funded by a mix of city, state and library money, have been used just 13 times since last spring, the Des Moines Register reports. Each use generates one dollar of revenue.

But don’t worry, in another 1,230 years they’ll break even!

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Christmas music in August? That’s insane!

Remember when Crazy Eddie ran a fake Christmas sale in August?

Well, now one NYC restaurant chain has already started playing Christmas music. In August.

Even though Labor Day is still a week away, a chain of gourmet fast-food restaurants in Manhattan is already playing Christmas music, according to a report on NYPost.com.

The insanity started on August 16th, piped in from corporate headquarters. And it won’t stop until Christmas.

Ho, ho, ho? No, no, no!

Cory Booker’s secret tax returns

Those Silicone Valley stock options, they’re “inconvenient” when you’re pretending to be just another little guy. So Cory Booker won’t release his tax returns.

He still won’t show his.

More than two weeks after vowing to release his income-tax returns, Newark Mayor Cory Booker still hasn’t forked them over — even as his GOP Senate rival, Steve Lonegan, shared his.

Lonegan, who exclusively supplied The Post with his last three years of returns last week, contends Booker’s reluctance to be candid about earnings points to using his office for personal gain.

“It’s indicative of the fact that he’s got something to hide,” Lonegan told The Post. “It’s clear to me that Booker leveraged the office of mayor . . . to gain wealth.”

Booker raked in payments from his former law firm — which won lucrative contracts from government entities over which he had influence — even while serving as mayor, The Post first reported on Aug. 11 after combing through financial-disclosure reports Booker was required to file.

The reports don’t require, and didn’t include, how much money Booker’s former law firm, Trenk DiPasquale, gave him from 2007 until 2011. During that time, the firm raked in more than $2 million in fees from local agencies over which Booker has influence. Booker has served as Newark mayor since 2006.

Gee, forget the stock options. This is good old-fashioned graft. Pay to play. The law firm pays Cory. He sends them city contracts. Quid pro quo. Everybody gets rich, and the taxpayers get hosed.

Yeah, I’d want to hide that too. Thing is, I’m not running for U.S. Senate.

HHS staffs up CSI: Obamacare

Why does HHS need criminal investigators? To catch Americans avoiding their Obamacare obligations!

More than 1,600 new employees hired by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources in the aftermath of Obamacare’s passage include just two described as ‘consumer safety’ officers, but 86 tasked with ‘criminal investigating’ – indicating that the agency is building an army of detectives to sleuth out violations of a law that many in Congress who supported it still find confusing.

You will sign up for Obamacare. Or Kathleen Sebelius will put you in jail.

Yes it’s true, ObamaMath is infecting Catholic schools too

Father Z posts the warning. Alas I already heard the bad news, direct from the principal at my daughter’s school. “Common Core,” where 3 x 4 = 11, is the new curriculum in town. The Archdiocese has mandated it.

Welcome to ObamaMath, where it’s the effort that counts, and nobody really cares whether or not you get the right answer.

It’s the New Math drivel of my childhood, repackaged by our betters in Washington, D.C., to further ensnare our children in a vortex of mediocrity.

There’s an old math joke — 2 + 2 = 5 for extremely large values of 2.

Now thanks to Common Core, 5 is the right answer. Even in Catholic school.

Sigh.

Celebrate Mediocrity! Library tells 5-time reading champ to “step aside”

Tyler Weaver is a prolific reader. Curiously, his local library has a problem with that.

A 9-year-old who has won five straight reading contests at a New York library now has a new challenger to his throne – the library’s director, who says the young reader “hogs” the contest prizes each year and should “step aside.”

Tyler Weaver, who starts fifth grade in September, won the “Dig Into Reading” contest at the Hudson Falls Public Library this summer by reading 63 books from June 24 to Aug. 3, the Post-Star reports.

Weaver said he felt “great” that he won the contest again, winning prizes such as an atlas, a water bottle and certificates of achievement.

“Everybody he tells, he gets high-fives. Everybody’s so proud of him,” his mother Katie told the Post-Star.

Everyone except the library’s director.

“Other kids quit because they can’t keep up,” Marie Gandron said, adding that she considered changing the rules of the contest so prizes are given to children whose names are pulled out of a hat instead of reading the most books.

Mustn’t hurt the widdle snowfwakes feewings. So Tyler gets the Harrison Bergeron treatment. Because that’s “fair.”

A library that actually discourages reading. What will the liberals think of next?