This post is from Senator Tom Coburn [R-OK], an MD who takes issue with such problems as graft, corruption, and wasteful spending. He is the ranking member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and is a welcome successor to Senator Proxmire [D-WI] who monitored similar issues and presented his Golden Fleece Awards to the most egregious offenders during his Senate term from 1958 - 1982.
[That was a period in which our politicians were not defined necessarily by their Political Party, but more-so by their contributions [or lack thereof] to their country.
Wastebook 2013 highlights 100 examples of wasteful spending totaling nearly $30 Billion.
Of course, that is only a fraction of the the total of about $200 Billion of federal funding diverted to fraud, waste, duplication, and mismanagement.
But, not to worry, to continue this abusive spending, both Houses of Congress are preparing to increase taxes and cut your benefits so that you'll have less disposable income. At the end of this post, there are links to Senator Coburn's comments on Defense and Tax waste and fraud.
"What's lacking is the common sense and courage in Washington to make those choices -- and the passage of fiscally responsible spending bills. The hard truth is, we'd [Congress] much rather borrow than cut."
Here's a sampling of the unusual expenditures:
- Uncle Sam Looks for Romance on the Web -- $914,000
[NOTE: This is similar to the 1976 National Science Foundation's award of $84,000 to study "Why people fall in love". Senator Proxmire gave it a Golden Fleece Award.]
- Mass Destruction of Weapons - $7 Billion
- Dysfunctional ObamaCare website -- for an insurance plan few want -- $900 Million
- Government Study Finds that wives should calm down -- $325,000
- Fort Hood shooter remained on the Army payroll while in jail for four years -- $278,000
- NASA Searches for signs of Intelligent Life, in Congress - $3 Million
- Hurricane Sandy "Emergency" Funds spent on TV Ads - $65 Million
[NOTE: The Sandy Relief Bill included $150 million for Alaskan fisheries, $2 million for repairs to the Smithsonian Museum roof (in Washington DC), $8 million to DHS and DOJ to buy new cars, and $17 Billion to Community Development Block Grants -- unrelated to Hurricane Sandy.]
- Federally Funded Solar Panels covered at Manchester-Boston Airport - $3.5 Million
- Brains, Brains, We need Brains - $150,000
[NOTE: It was uncertain if the games were designed for children or for Zombies]
- NASA's Little Green Man = $390,000
[NOTE: The man is not Al Gore; and, no one has advised NASA that Global Warming is currently being displaced by record snow and ice storms]
If you'd like to dig into these, and other extraordinary expenditures, use the links below, furnished by Senator Coburn:
Defense-related waste: here.
Tax-related waste: here.