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The 2014 Wastebook Is Here!

Thursday October 23rd, 2014   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 8:56am PDT   •  

wb14 cover_Display It’s back! Senator Tom Coburn’s annual compendium of some of the zaniest ways that the U.S. federal government burns through all the money it taxes and borrows in the name of spending: the 2014 Wastebook!

This year’s edition features over $25 billion worth of examples of bad decisions made by U.S. politicians and bureaucrats. Here are some highlights that caught our attention as we reviewed the 2014 Wastebook’s table of contents (and their cost), which we may explore more in upcoming articles:

  • Swedish Massages for Rascally Rabbits. ($387,000).
  • Scientists Hope Gambling Monkeys Unlock Secrets of Free Will. ($171,000).
  • Synchronized Swimming for Sea Monkeys. ($307,524).
  • New Bridge Demolished for Using $3,271 Worth of Canadian Steel. ($45,000).
  • FEMA Overlooks Flood Victims, Rebuilds Golf Course Instead. ($202,291).
  • Corporate Welfare for Mega Farmers. ($8,536,052).
  • Airport Tree-Trimming Project Turns into 27-Hole Golf Course Renovation. ($5,000,000).
  • Farmers Get Grant to Produce “Worm Power” Compost. ($199,000).
  • Taxpayers Charged to Promote Hillary Clinton’s $14 Million Book in Europe. ($55,000).
  • Medicaid Provider Taxes. ($4,000,000,000).

Until then, we encourage you to go through the 2014 Wastebook’s very well researched examples of where Uncle Sam’s team of politicians and bureaucrats makes bad decisions and spent money as if in a drunken stupor. If only there were a federally funded program to send them texts to convince them to not drink ($194,090) so much from the fountain of government spending in the first place!

And in the meantime, here’s the trailer:

Coburn, Tom. 2014 Wastebook: What Washington Doesn’t Want You to Read. 2014 Wastebook. 21 October 2014.

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