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Old 10-22-2014, 17:15   #1
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$25 billion in wasteful Fed spending this year

Sen. Tom Coburn (R., Okla.) released his final Wastebook on Wednesday, and it did not disappoint.

Dr. Coburn, who is retiring after this term, chronicled $25 billion the federal government spent on 100 “silly, unnecessary, and low priority projects,” this year.

“But the real shock and awe may have been the $1 billion price tag the Pentagon paid to destroy $16 billion worth of ammunition, enough to pay a full years’ salary for over 54,000 Army privates.”

Coburn has unearthed $91 billion in government waste since Wastebook began in 2010.

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Old 10-22-2014, 17:34   #2
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Some of these *******s couldn't get elected if it weren't for some of their pork, I imagine.
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The saddest part is that nobody in government cares and nothing will be done to correct the problem.

Every penny should be accounted for and the people involved either fired or jailed.

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$25 Billion is a joke not even worth noticing. That's less than a week's worth of social security and Medicare spending.


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We all know the total waste far exceeds a mere $25 billion. Multiply that x several 100.

Coburn is not attempting to chronicle all of it...he's simply pointing out a relatively few specific examples of the more egregious expenses.

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$25 billion in wasteful Fed spending this year

When virtually every dime of tax revenue is spent on welfare, how does Coburn delineate between good necessary spending and waste?

Studying endangered slugs in Bolivia seems as worthy as anything else the gov spends on.


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Nancy Pelosi, in 2013:
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“The cupboard is bare. There’s no more cuts to make. It’s really important that people understand that.”
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When virtually every dime of tax revenue is spent on welfare, how does Coburn delineate between good necessary spending and waste?

Studying endangered slugs in Bolivia seems as worthy as anything else the gov spends on.


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When virtually every dime of tax revenue is spent on welfare, how does Coburn delineate between good necessary spending and waste?

Studying endangered slugs in Bolivia seems as worthy as anything else the gov spends on.


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"Studying endangered slugs in Bolivia seems as worthy as anything else the gov spends on."


OK, so it's all the same to you? Studying endangered slugs in Bolivia is pretty much the same as, IDK, let's say getting paychecks to military members, for example? Or funding research into finding cures for disease? Or even our admittedly wasteful disaster relief processes? What if we spent that slug money on better control of our borders? Probably also wasted, but still...? I'm as critical of government spending and overreach, particularly at the federal level, as anybody on this forum, but even with all the vast inefficiencies and corruption DC brings us, I'm not sure I'd go quite that far.

Coburn is simply shining a light on some of the more ridiculous spending examples. Obviously hoping, likely in vain, that it will make some small difference. Personally, I don't see that as a bad thing. Now granted, he may be, and probably is, guilty of bringing home at least some "pork" that could easily be categorized as "waste".

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Studying endangered slugs in Bolivia seems as worthy as anything else the gov spends on.


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I have a theory that anytime we see ridiculous spending like that on the books, that's not really what the money is actually going towards. Rather its going to some people's pockets that the public need not know about and endangered slugs and horny monkeys are whats on paper.
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I say wasteful pork spending should be deducted from Congressional paychecks.

435 + 100 + Joe Biden

$25B / 536 = $46,641,791 each.

Pay up Congress. No personal checks - credit unworthy. Cash, MO, Credit cards if ya got the limits.
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$25 billion in wasteful Fed spending this year

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"Studying endangered slugs in Bolivia seems as worthy as anything else the gov spends on."


OK, so it's all the same to you? Studying endangered slugs in Bolivia is pretty much the same as, IDK, let's say getting paychecks to military members, for example? Or funding research into finding cures for disease? Or even our admittedly wasteful disaster relief processes? What if we spent that slug money on better control of our borders? Probably also wasted, but still...? I'm as critical of government spending and overreach, particularly at the federal level, as anybody on this forum, but even with all the vast inefficiencies and corruption DC brings us, I'm not sure I'd go quite that far.

Coburn is simply shining a light on some of the more ridiculous spending examples. Obviously hoping, likely in vain, that it will make some small difference. Personally, I don't see that as a bad thing. Now granted, he may be, and probably is, guilty of bringing home at least some "pork" that could easily be categorized as "waste".
What's important to one person is wasteful to another.
Military members are paid with debt. DOD is discretionary.

Medical research is not constitutional.

Welfare consumes virtually all of federal tax revenue. End that and I'll concern myself with Bolivian slugs.

Aside from fulfilling a very limited number of constitutional duties, once they take money from me I really couldn't care less where it goes.

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