Sen. Tom Coburn’s office recently released the 2010 WasteBook to catalogue some of the worst offenses committed in the name of government spending this year.
Typically, some of the more rabid left-wingers have already come out of the woodworks to scream about the cost of the Iraq War, the “wasteful” spending of the wealthy, as well as, you guessed it, blame Bush. These alleged thinkers ignore that government waste is irrespective of political affiliation which is precisely why the Tea Parties were started.
From Sen. Coburn’s press release, here are some of the more egregious offenses:
- The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) took the term “cold case” to a new level in 2010. The agency spent over $20,000 in taxpayer money “to unravel the anonymity of a 2,500-year-old mummy.”
- The National Institutes of Health (NIH) spent nearly $442,340 million to study the number of male prostitutes in Vietnam and their social setting.
- This year, taxpayers forked over $60,000 for the “first-of-its kind” promotion of the Vidalia onion in conjunction with the movie, Shrek Forever After.”
- The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded over $600,000 to the Minnesota Zoo to create a wolf “avatar” video game called “WolfQuest.”
- A $700,000 federal grant paid for researchers to examine “greenhouse gas emission from organic dairies, which are cause by cow burps, among other things.
If your stomach can handle it, here is a video I made documenting the most egregious offenses.
Government is out of control. And as much as I can agree that a $787 Billion “stimulus” package is a waste of cataclysmic proportions; we aren’t going to make headway unless we can also agree that a $31 Thousand comic book from the Government Printing Office to teach the history of printing is insanely wasteful. Yeah….it’s that bad.