A U.S. Senator just released a report featuring enraging examples of how the government blew billions of dollars on wasteful things like a $10 million remake of a popular American kids show for Pakistan and $35 million for political party conventions in 2012.
Sorry about being a spoil sport gang, but that is $45 million dollars that went to kids we have never seen and would most likely like to have enough medicine, parents, relatives, and equal rights within the community. We here at the offices have been too many a great show that have costed the artist’s and organization’s maybe one million dollars.
In fact, if a person is committed to the point of political efficacy they would feel honored anywhere they landed and very much like the Tea Party of America who we are sure could find something a lot better than thirty-five million dollars to lavish.
This type of frivolous spending is the last thing Americans need to hear just as the federal debt tops a whopping $17 trillion. Already, public opinion of Congress is at an all-time low and this report, appropriately called “Wastebook 2011” will only add to the fury and mistrust of those running the country.
Coburn, a Republican who is known around Washington as “Dr. No” for his opposition to excess spending, said in a press release Tuesday that his “Wastebook 2011” details the “most egregious ways your taxpayer dollars were wasted” — items he claims total more than $6.5 billion in “unnecessary” spending.
“Video games, robot dragons, Christmas trees, and magic museums…what next. This is not a Christmas wish list, these are just some of the ways the federal government spent your tax dollars,” Coburn said in a statement.
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.
Two million dollars helped pay for a wine exhibition and culinary center in Washington State and $765,000 were blown on a pancake franchise that was supposed to get built in an underserved community of Washington D.C. but instead went to an upscale neighborhood known as a shopping hot spot for well-to-do yuppies.
A video game preservation center in New York got $113,000 and $550,000 financed a documentary about how rock music contributed to the collapse of the Soviet Union. (Collapse?) This is the fourth or fifth direct mention of video tapes — something that the President seems to know about.
“Instead of cutting wasteful spending, nearly $2.5 billion was added each day in 2011 to our national debt, as well as $48,700 for a festival promoting Hawaii’s chocolate industry which now exceeds $17 trillion,” Coburn said.
The list goes on and on with too many examples to list here, though one more expenditure merits mentioning. Nearly $200,000 went to a university study involving how cocaine enhances the sex drive of Japanese quail. You cannot make this stuff up. Just check out Senator Coburn’s 98-page report, which is linked above.
Epilogue: Insofar as the real poverty rate in our country is very close to 22 percent one would or should be thinking about such heinous and ridiculous spending.