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  posted on 10/22/2014 at 09:10 AM

Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma has published his annual Gov’t Wastebook.
Be very careful for whom you vote, it is (was) your money.

Direct link to the actual Wastebook:

http://www.coburn.senate.gov/public//index.cfm?a=Files.Serve&File_id=69 32c44c-6ef4-491d-a0f1-078b69f1f800

Oct 22 2014

Wastebook 2014: What Washington doesn't want you to read.

Voodoo Dolls, Gambling Monkeys, Zombies in Love and Paid Vacations for Misbehaving Bureaucrats Top List of the Most Outlandish Government Spending in Wastebook 2014

Gambling monkeys, dancing zombies and mountain lions on treadmills are just a few projects exposed in Wastebook 2014 – highlighting $25 billion in Washington’s worst spending of the year.

Wastebook 2014 — the report Washington doesn’t want you to read —reveals the 100 most outlandish government expenditures this year, costing taxpayers billions of dollars.
“With no one watching over the vast bureaucracy, the problem is not just what Washington isn’t doing, but what it is doing.” Dr. Coburn said. “Only someone with too much of someone else’s money and not enough accountability for how it was being spent could come up some of these projects.”

“I have learned from these experiences that Washington will never change itself. But even if the politicians won’t stop stupid spending, taxpayers always have the last word.”
Congress actually forced federal agencies to waste billions of dollars for purely parochial, political purposes.

For example, lawmakers attached a rider to a larger bill requiring NASA to build a $350 million launch pad tower, which was mothballed as soon as it was completed because the rockets it was designed to test were scrapped years ago. Similarly, when USDA attempted to close an unneeded sheep research station costing nearly $2 million every year to operate, politicians in the region stepped in to keep it open.

Examples of wasteful spending highlighted in “Wastebook 2014” include:
• Coast guard party patrols – $100,000
• Watching grass grow – $10,000
• State department tweets @ terrorists – $3 million
• Swedish massages for rabbits – $387,000
• Paid vacations for bureaucrats gone wild – $20 million
• Mountain lions on a treadmill – $856,000
• Synchronized swimming for sea monkeys – $50,000
• Pentagon to destroy $16 billion in unused ammunition -- $1 billion
• Scientists hope monkey gambling unlocks secrets of free will –$171,000
• Rich and famous rent out their luxury pads tax free – $10 million
• Studying “hangry” spouses stabbing voodoo dolls – $331,000
• Promoting U.S. culture around the globe with nose flutists – $90 million

Read the full report here.

Watch the Wastebook 2014 videos here and here.

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  posted on 10/22/2014 at 10:03 AM
I wonder if it includes tax breaks for some of the wealthiest politically connected companies in America? Or politically motivated lawsuits against the president?
 

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  posted on 10/22/2014 at 10:18 AM
c'mon...how much sound can a nose flutist produce?


 

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  posted on 10/22/2014 at 10:53 AM
"I love the man. I think he's a neat man. I don't want him to be president, but I still love him. He is our President. He's my President. And I disagree with him adamantly on 95% of the issues, but that doesn't mean I can't have a great relationship. And that's a model people ought to follow." - Senator Tom Coburn talking about Barak Obama, April 2011

While I disagree with most of Coburn's policy positions, he deserves credit for this. He could follow his own advice more, but the last sentence is spot on.

 

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  posted on 10/22/2014 at 11:17 AM
In search of a honest politician.
So far, no luck.

Some of the "first time elected" come to DC with honest intentions.
Then they realize they have to start running for re-election the day after they are sworn in and have to raise millions... again.

While our system is seriously broken, it is still better that all the rest.



 
 


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