Senator Tom Coburn’s “Wastebook”

December 20, 2011   |  

Every year Senator Tom Coburn, from Oklahoma, releases a “wastebook”, detailing what he considers to be wasteful government spending over the last year.  According to Fox News, Coburn managed to pull together a little over 6.5 billion dollars in government waste.  From Fox News:

Among the items on Coburn’s list include $10 million for a remake of “Sesame Street” for Pakistan and $764,825 to examine how college students use mobile devices for social networking.

The “Wastebook” also claims $550,000 was spent for a documentary about how rock music contributed to the collapse of the Soviet Union as well as $48,700 for a festival promoting Hawaii’s chocolate industry.”

I have to say that I’m shocked that Senator Coburn could only find $6.5 billion in waste.  We’re trillions in debt and he could only pull up pennies in comparison.  There’s no way that only a tiny fraction of what our government spends can be considered wasteful, even to the most devout big government supporter.  This just goes to show how no one on capital hill seems to be seriously interested in cutting spending.

This is the ultimate problem we face right now.  Even those who are working to make cuts, aren’t pushing to make big enough cuts, and until they do, the American people will continue to foot the bill.

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