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Boondoggle

A large, expensive project of no particular use. It especially refers to squandering government or corporate money. The term refers to perceived wasteful recreational activities provided to the unemployed during the New Deal in the United States.
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That would only lead to indignant letters and phone calls from outraged constituents who for some reason just don't appreciate the necessity of all the pork barrels, boondoggles, and other wacky capers that make a job in the upper echelons of the federal government more fun than a barrel of monkeys.
Of the money that Peru did invest, most went into middle-class housing, highways, or boondoggles like the giant Majes irrigation scheme.
A: I'll put it in mathematical terms: As the program expands arithmetically, the number of boondoggles will increase geometrically.
Here, as with his support of the boondoggles, Wright is out of touch with the more thoughtful elements of his party.
Spending billions on light-rail boondoggles or forcing employers and employees to participate in ride-sharing programs doesn't address the changing needs of workers.