Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Fine-Toothed Comb That’s Missing A Few Teeth

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) released his annual “Wastebook” detailing $6.5 billion in ludicrous government spending including $765,000 to subsidize “pancakes for yuppies” in the nation’s capital.

Would you like a smoke and a pancake? You know, flapjack and a cigarette? No? All right. Cigar and a waffle? No? Pipe and a crepe? No? Bong and a blintz? No? Oh, well, then there is no pleasing you.

The items on Coburn's list include $10 million for a remake of "Sesame Street" for Pakistan and $764,825 to examine how college students use mobile devices for social networking.

The "Wastebook" also claims $550,000 was spent for a documentary about how rock music contributed to the collapse of the Soviet Union as well as $48,700 for a festival promoting Hawaii's chocolate industry.

Coburn said, “This is not a Christmas wish list, these are just some of the ways the federal government spent your tax dollars.”

"Instead of cutting wasteful spending, nearly $2.5 billion was added each day in 2011 to our national debt, which now exceeds $15 trillion," Coburn said adding, "perhaps there was no bigger waste of the taxpayer's money in 2011 than Congress itself."

Maybe those subsidized yuppies in D.C. can invite the shrimp on the treadmill over to IHOP for a bong and blintz.  Just sayin’…

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