Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) has published the Wastebook 2010 which lists 100 examples of the most wasteful government spending this past year, all adding up to $11.5 Billion.
Senator Coburn asks, "As you look at these examples, ask yourself: at a time when we are borrowing over $44,000 for every person in the country, are these items a priority and are they a federal responsibility?"
Here are the first 10 items on the list:
Item number one, the "Unused Monkey House", would be well worth the $175 Million if they would move the Congress into it and lock the door.1. Upkeep for Unused Monkey House and Other Buildings - (Department of Veterans Affairs) $175 Million
2. Sprucing Up Apartments Before They Are Torn Down - (Shreveport, LA) $1.5 Million
3. Museum Where Neon Signs Go to Die… - (Las Vegas, NV) $1.8 Million
4. “Free” Grateful Dead Archive - (Santa Cruz, CA) $615,000
5. Agencies Pile Up Unnecessary Printing Costs - $930 Million
6. Studying World of Warcraft and Other Virtual Games - (Irvine, CA)$2.9 Million
7. Dept. of Energy Still Fails to Turn Off the Lights - (Department of Energy) $2.2 Million
8. Fraudulent Medical Testing by Criminal Gangs - (U.S. Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services) $35 Million
9. Poems in Zoos - (AR, IL, LA, WI, & FL) $997,766
10. Shooting Range Armed with Taxpayer Dollars - (Las Vegas, NV) $15.68 Million
If you're in a masochistic mood, here's the link to the rest of the 100 wasteful spending items on the list:
Take a peak to see what Congress thought was worthy of blowing $11.5 Billion of money that our country does not have. Absolutely shameful.