U.S. Senator Tom Coburn's Waste Book 2012

Dec 20, 2012 -- 6:03am

This morning I opened my e-mail from The Advocates for Self Government. In it, as usual, was timely information that every liberty-minded person on the planet should know.

There was an article by James W. Harris in which Senator Coburn's Waste Book was referenced. The Senator has been faithfully pointing out how the government wastes your tax dollars. A portion of the article follows.

Waste Book 2012 details more than $18 billion of utterly unjustifiable taxpayer-funded projects. 

The 100 outrages revealed in Coburn's Waste Book 2012 include:

  • Between $1 billion and $50 billion wasted annually due to inefficient purchasing policies by federal agencies, according to an analysis by the Government Accountability Office (GAO);

  • $38.8 million in subsidies for a train mostly used by cruise ship tourists in Alaska;

  • $27 million for classes to teach Moroccans (in Morocco) how to make pottery;

  • $5.5 million for a State Department program to send professional athletes on diplomatic trips around the world;

  • $1.3 million to Pepsico -- the world's largest snack food maker -- to help it build a yogurt factory in New York;

  • $1.6 million for NASA to develop video games and a commercial-free online rock radio station;

  • $520,000 for the rehabilitation of an unused covered bridge in Ohio;

  • $505,000 for a pet shampoo and toothpaste company in Nebraska;

  • $300,000 to promote sales of U.S. caviar;

… and that's just a small example of the absurdities and outrages Coburn reveals. Page after page, the waste, the injustice goes on and on. 

You can read Coburn's entire Waste Book 2012 by clicking here.

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