Prestige projects. Buildings no one asked for. Tax reliefs to the top. Throwing money at gambles to tighten immigration, and when some politicians turn to leave their job, they get huge bonuses for zero reason paid by the taxpayers.
Oh, and a city close to me called Aarhus just invested a ton of money into electric trains, a project that is nowhere near finished in it's entirety, has already cost the taxpayers millions of our currency money, and they don't even know if they want to finish it because of the losses it has already suffered, in contrast to what they should have done with the infrastructure.
I could keep going. One would think it's a blessing to live in Scandinavia, and while it might be because we do not have wars like some countries in the Middle-East and Asia have, there are still a lot of things wrong with how it functions.