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Coburn Lists $30 Billion Dollars In Gov’t Waste

From the Politico:

Tom Coburn ‘Wastebook’: $125K 3D pizza

By LUCY MCCALMONT | December 17, 2013

Republican Sen. Tom Coburn released his annual “Wastebook” on Tuesday, outlining 100 examples of what he calls egregious federal spending totaling $30 billion. From defense equipment to the downright bizarre, the Oklahoma senator highlights it all in his latest report. He started the reports in 2010.

Note the Politico’s headline. You would never know this is about $30 billion dollars in government waste.

Here is a list of the top 10 most eyebrow-raising expenditures:

1. $125,000 3-D pizza: NASA gave a $124,955 grant to Arjun Contractor, a mechanical engineer with a small company hoping to build a 3-D pizza printer as part of space-exploration mission supplies. However, NASA scientists say the research will take time, and it could be years before the technology becomes feasible.

2. $914,000 to research Team Edward: The Popular Romance Project has received $914,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities since 2010, Coburn says. The project is expanding its website, which provides research into the origins of romance and its depiction in popular culture, including novels, Internet fan fiction and advice books…

3. $17.5 million in brothel tax exemptions: Coburn says that through the tax code, $17.5 million has gone to brothels in Nevada that have claimed tax exemptions for everything from breast implants to “free passes” that were deemed part of promotional costs and eligible for deductions by the IRS.

4. $50 million “Google searches”: Coburn attributes $50 million to National Technical Information Services, an agency that charges for reports that often can be found for free through a Google search…

6. $360,00 bed-rest study: NASA is paying 20 people $18,000 each to spend 70 days lying in bed. As part of a bed-rest study, they have to have their bodies tilted slightly downward but are free to play games or watch TV…

8. $10,000 “Pole” dancing: Through a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a group called PowerUP Project features the linemen and electrical technicians of an Austin, Texas, power company who engage in performance art in a choreographed “ninety minute dance with bucket trucks, cranes and field trucks, and a set of 20 utility poles, all set before a live audience.”

10. $125,000 comic superheroes documentary: To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the debut of Superman, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts financed the production of a documentary, “Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle,” looking back at the history of comics and their impact. It aired as a three-part series on PBS. Coburn’s report notes that the project has received three federal grants totaling $825,000 over the past three years.

And here are a couple more items, via USA Today:

Sen. Coburn slams $30 billion in wasteful spending

By Catalina Camia | December 17, 2013

… Other examples cited by Coburn:

$325,525 on a study of heated marital arguments: The research supported by the National Institutes of Health, done at the University of California-Berkeley, looked at data including recorded arguments by husbands and wives. Lian Bloch, the researcher, told HHS Health Beat that "the marriages that were the happiest were the ones in which the wives were able to calm down quickly during marital conflict." …

Well, some might say that money was well spent.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, December 18th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Coburn Lists $30 Billion Dollars In Gov’t Waste”

  1. heykev says:

    Just the tip if the iceberg. If you cannot find a at least 10 Billion to cut, you must not be trying.

    Which is why the Rhino’s need to be put out to pasture for rolling over yet again on the budget.

  2. yadayada says:

    3-D pizza? cant just eat frozen?

    and notice how much money goes to n.e.a.? why must I pay for another piss-Christ?

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