Wasting Away

While most Americans are watching their pennies this Christmas time, Congress hasn’t been. Fortunately, Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) has been watching their spending and presents it all in “Wastebook.” It’s his yearly look at their profligacy and it doesn’t disappoints.

As Sen. Coburn notes, “we are borrowing over $44,000 per person in the United Staes.” Most Americans realize that somebody is going to have to pay this hefty bill.

You can take a look at the whole project at his site, www.coburn.senate.gov, but here’s the table of contents:

Upkeep for Unused Monkey House and other Buildings: $175 million.

Sprucing Up Apartments before they are torn down in Shreveport, La.: $1.5 million.

Museum Where Neon Signs go to Die: $1.8 million.

Free Grateful Dead Archive: $615,000.

Agencies Unnecessary Printing Costs: $930 million.

Studying World of Warcraft and Other Virtual Games: $2.9 million.

Department of Energy Fails to Turn off the Lights: $2.2 million.

Fraudulent Medical Testing by Criminal Gangs: $35 million.

Poems in Zoos: $997,766.

Shooting Range Armed With Taxpayer Dollars: $15.68 million.

And yes, there are pictures.

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