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From the wacky to the infuriating,
Sen. Tom Coburn´s annual Wastebook
catalogs government waste in lean times

Washington Examiner (DC), by Susan Ferrechio

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Posted By:JoniTx, 12/17/2013 12:16:52 PM

The federal government this year made significant cuts to important services and programs while at the same time wasting $30 billion on frivolous expenditures like the "pillownauts" study NASA conducted to learn the effects of lying in bed all day, a new watchdog report shows. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., on Tuesday released his fourth annual "Wastebook," a catalog of questionable government spending that is, at best, pretty wacky (funding for "Popular Romance Project" -- $1 million) and, at its worst, infuriating (continuing pay for Army Major Nidal Hasan, the Fort Hood shooter -- $52,000).

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Starlady, 12/17/2013 12:33:56 PM     (No. 9657420)

I consider this a waste of time because after reporting, Cobern has done nothing to get rid of this waste. He ´s been doing this for years and what does he have to show for it? If he was a leader he could get something done about all of this waste. So Senator Cobern, find a worthwhile project you are willing to DO something about, and make it cost effective for the taxpayers.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Safari Man, 12/17/2013 12:47:17 PM     (No. 9657432)

#1 took the words out of my mouth. I appreciate the idea, but after a while, it reflects just as badly on him. Its as though its all a big joke and we´re just having a good olde time laughing about it all. Except... its not a joke.


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Reply 3 - Posted by: Pluperfect, 12/17/2013 12:49:24 PM     (No. 9657435)

So, email him to tell him how you feel:

http://www.coburn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contactform

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Northcross, 12/17/2013 1:08:14 PM     (No. 9657457)

Criticism of Coburn is a little harsh, as he has no power individually to stop these extravagances.

The media used to faithfully report the Golden Fleece Awards announced by Senator William Proxmire, but of course Proxmire was a Democrat.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: felton335, 12/17/2013 1:15:17 PM     (No. 9657462)

I have no problem with learning the issues resulting in the long term staying in bed. This is one of those issues that can have a great result for those who are bed ridden. I,or a loved one, has known what it means to remain in bed due to illness or incapacity. It is a "transferable technology". Remember Teflon? Velcro? Many things came out of NASA that we use everyday without a thought. However, I agree that there is way too much waste in our government and there is no one willing to cut it. This report is a waste of time if nothing is done about it.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 12/17/2013 1:37:28 PM     (No. 9657489)

Oh no, Coburn is taking a page from John McCain´s playbook. Pointing out silly government spending while at the same time voting to grow government at every opportunity. Just remember, it was our garden gnome from Arizona who dreamed up the TSA, another Federal tax hog that has done nothing to ensure airline safety any better than the Contract Security firms hired by the airports prior to 9/11.

Tom, if you want to cut Federal waste, start by eliminating Departments entirely, starting with the Department of Education, followed by the EPA, then HHS, etc.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: TXknitter, 12/17/2013 2:53:32 PM     (No. 9657579)

Senator Coburn does indeed have the power to try and stop this. The power of his office gives him a microphone. He gets lots of attention and PR every single year for rightfully pointing out the continuing waste. If these Senators can´t do anything, why are they paid?

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