Government Wastebook from 2011
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Since: Aug 12
#1 Oct 10, 2012
Senator Coburn's Government Waste Tracker for 2011
Robot dragons, video games, Christmas trees, snow cone machines, and chocolate.
This is not a Christmas wish list. These are just some of the ways the federal government spent
your tax dollars this year.
Over the past 12 months, Washington politicians
argued, debated and lamented about how to reign
in the federal governments out of control spending.
All the while, Washington was on a shopping
binge, spending money we do not have on things
we do not need, like the $6.9 billion worth of
examples provided in this report. The result:
Instead of cutting wasteful spending, nearly $2.5
billion was added each day in 2011 to our national
debt,1 which now exceeds $15 trillion.
Table of Contents
1. Politicians Partying on the Taxpayer Dime (Presidential Election Campaign Fund)$35.38 Million .3
2. Mangled Mango Effort Could Hurt Farmers It Meant to Help (Pakistan)$30 Million 4
3. Poor Planning Hobbles Air Force Green Energy Effort (Department of Defense)$14 Million 5
4. Subsidy Program for Small Airports Fails to Help Most Recipients Achieve Sustainable Air Service (Federal Aviation Administration)$6 Million 6
5. Paying for Pancakes (Washington, D.C.)$765,828 . 7
6. The Super-Bridge to Nowhere (Alaska)$15.3 Million 8
7. Dead Federal Employees Continue to Get Benefits Checks (U.S. Office ofPersonnel Management)$120 Million 9
8. Extreme Home Makeover: Federal Highway Funds to Transform Abandoned―Rock House‖ into Visitors Center (Oklahoma)$529,689 1 0
9. Video Game Preservation (New York)$113,277 . 11
10. Millions In Foreign Aid to China?(Department of State & U.S. Agency forInternational Development)$17.80 Million 12
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