What do robotic squirrels, menus for Martian meals and a musical about climate change have in common?Coburn's book details 100 examples of Federal government waste that total over $19 billion - with a "b" - dollars. It touches on the Obamaphone, the various and sundry bridges to nowhere, and even a $700K musical about global warming. Folks, I couldn't make this up if I tried. In fact, I'll bet if on April 1st I were to post about the new smash hit Broadway musical about global warming, y'all would laugh at me for such an implausible story.
They've all been made possible with taxpayer assistance, according to the latest survey of government waste put out by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla.
What's particularly irksome is that this kind of list has been floating around for, well, years if not decades. Ted Stevens was responsible for the nearly $400 million dollar bridge that connected a town of 50 people to a larger town - rather than the existing ferry, and the "bridge to nowhere" because symbolic of government waste. This was in 2005, and yet the list of ridiculous projects continues some seven years later. Heck, the $700 hammer and $1500 toilet seats were items of outrage in the 1980s.
You have to wonder how much less we could be paying in taxes - while still retaining the same essential services - without all of these earmarks. Heck, keep taxes the same, get rid of the bridges to nowhere and free Obamaphones and musicals about global warming and I'd wager you could fully fund a bunch of infrastructure-type projects. You know, ones that might not have been "shovel ready" - which apparently meant "photogenic" - but necessary...
At the very least they could fund a free blood pressure med giveaway for those of us
That is all.
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