Coburn: This is what $30 billion in government waste looks like

posted at 6:21 pm on December 17, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Sen. Tom Coburn’s office has been compiling a report on some of the most egregious examples of government waste for a few years now, and the “nearly $30 billion in questionable and lower-priority spending in Wastebook 2013 is a small fraction of the more than $200 billion we throw away every year through fraud, waste, duplication and mismanagement.” Whatever other hand-wringing our elected representatives may do over the billions of dollars that should-or-should-not be cut from food stamps, or sequestration, or what have you, there is plenty of federal waste there for the axing if politicians could just get their collective act together and make a priority out of it. The instant classics from last year’s Wastebook included $27 million for Moroccan pottery classes at the Agency for International Development and a university grant to the tune of several hundred thousands dollars for experiments with robotic squirrels, and sadly, some of this year’s headliners are just as facepalm-worthy:

Uncle Sam Looking for Romance on the Web – (NEH) $914,000

The Popular Romance Project has received nearly $1 million from the National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) since 2010 to “explore the fascinating, often contradictory origins and influences of popular romance as told in novels, films, comics, advice books, songs, and internet fan fiction, taking a global perspective—while looking back across time as far as the ancient Greeks.” …

Government Study Finds Out Wives Should Calm Down (NIH) $325,525

If your wife is angry at you and you don’t want her to stay that way, you might avoid passing along the findings of this government study. Wives would find marriage more satisfying if they could calm down faster during arguments with their husbands, according to government-funded research. …

Federally Funded Solar Panels Covered at Manchester-Boston Airport Because the Glare Blinds Pilots and Controllers (FAA) – $3.5 million

When officials at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in New Hampshire installed new solar panels, they did not anticipate one quarter of them would not be used 18 months later. In Spring 2012, the panels were placed on top of the airport’s parking garage, and 25 percent have remained there, covered with a tarp, rendering them useless. Problems with the new panels were noticed almost immediately by air traffic controllers who claimed that for 45 minutes each day, glare made it difficult to oversee the airport’s runways.

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I think this post is incomplete.

Why not save some money and ax the Departments of Education, HHS, Energy and the IRS?

Vanceone on December 17, 2013 at 6:27 PM

And yet NO ONE and I mean NO ONE on either side ever gets this crap defunded…or they remove the robotic squirrel funding to pay for the digital frog funding.

nextgen_repub on December 17, 2013 at 6:29 PM

30 Billion???

Drop in the bucket compared to Obama’s Crapulus. 800 Billion to friends, well wishers, hired goons and crooks.

And not a goddamned thing to show for it.

Other than a second term I guess..

That’s something…

BigWyo on December 17, 2013 at 6:31 PM

Government Study Finds Out Wives Should Calm Down (NIH) $325,525

If your wife is angry at you and you don’t want her to stay that way, you might avoid passing along the findings of this government study. Wives would find marriage more satisfying if they could calm down faster during arguments with their husbands, according to government-funded research. …

For a little more funding I bet they could’ve figured out that wives making our sammiches a little faster will help make marriage more satisfying….and bringing colder beer

Ditkaca on December 17, 2013 at 6:31 PM

More smoke and mirrors from Coburn. When’s he actually gonna try to do something meaningful about this waste?

steebo77 on December 17, 2013 at 6:35 PM

Coburn: This is what $30 billion in government waste looks like

 
An amount higher than Paul Ryan’s budget agreement spending cuts for the next ten years, right?
 

Because spending would rise immediately but many of the savings would take place later in the decade, deficits would increase as a result of the measure for the current budget year and the two that follow. Over the 10-year period,the legislation measure shows a $23 billion cut in red ink
 
http://www.bnd.com/2013/12/17/2963739/several-gop-senators-to-back-vote.html

rogerb on December 17, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Government Study Finds Out Wives Should Calm Down (NIH) $325,525

schoouch..I wish someone gave me 300k ..ive been telling the women I date to calm down for years..

heres 3 g2m studies…

men should cheat less..
children should study more…
and dogs should learn to go outside…

at over 300k a study I should be getting a check for a billion..!!

going2mars on December 17, 2013 at 6:42 PM

30 Billion???
 
Drop in the bucket compared to Obama’s Crapulus. 800 Billion to friends, well wishers, hired goons and crooks.
 
And not a goddamned thing to show for it.
 
Other than a second term I guess..
 
That’s something…
 
BigWyo on December 17, 2013 at 6:31 PM

 
For the record, Obama’s stimulus spending never stopped. That’s why Reid won’t pass a budget. It’s been added to the baseline ever since.
 
We’re at well over $5 trillion (with a T) in “stimulus” spending since 2009.
 
$5,000,000,000,000+

rogerb on December 17, 2013 at 6:46 PM

and yet they just voted to cut the pensions of disabled military veterans, because “it’s the best they could do”….

Tyrs Fury on December 17, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Uh-huh, and who exactly is receiving all of this waste and fraud? Names, please.

HiJack on December 17, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Right now there’s hundreds of billions in welfare to the permanent inner city welfare class and the K Street/U.S. Chamber of Commerce permanent welfare class.

bw222 on December 17, 2013 at 6:58 PM

In an odd twist, instead of running the country Congressman now devote their time to reporting on government spending; MSM journalists left to decide policy.

BobMbx on December 17, 2013 at 7:00 PM

For whatever reason Erika’s commentary isn’t visible to me, maybe because it isn’t there or maybe because my iPad doesn’t think I should read her articles. That would sadden me, since I’d have to give up my iPad.

MTF on December 17, 2013 at 7:00 PM

An amount higher than Paul Ryan’s budget agreement spending cuts increases for the next ten years, right?

rogerb on December 17, 2013 at 6:41 PM

ReWrite™ engaged for proper math. $26 billion in scored “cuts” are the increases in the TSA pat-down fee, the extension of excise taxes to FY2022 and FY2023, and higher fees on pension plans. Another $12 billion of the mostly-out-year cuts will be added back in through appropriations and accounting tricks.

Don’t worry; once the extension of the sequester into FY2022 and FY2023 are eliminated the way the sequester was eliminated for this year and next, the waste will be less than the spending increases in Ryan’s bad budget deal.

Steve Eggleston on December 17, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Coburn: This is what $30 billion in government waste looks like

…I don’t think he looked too hard!

KOOLAID2 on December 17, 2013 at 7:09 PM

well Tom, its like this, you voted to fund obamacare along with reid and obama.

30 billion is but a grain of sand.

coburn should be hoisted up on the roof of the senate tarred and feathered.

renalin on December 17, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Uh-huh, and who exactly is receiving all of this waste and fraud? Names, please.

HiJack on December 17, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Exactly.
Where did it go?..who’s hands did it pass thru?..what were their political affiliations?..their histories?..their ideologies.. etc??

Why do people find this not important enough to investigate?

Mimzey on December 17, 2013 at 7:12 PM

Coburn just said on Greta’s show..

“the way you whittle away at a 17 trillion dollar debt is a billion at a time….”

not ..I plan on having each person frog marched out of their jobs..
by the thousands…!!!
we are so screwed…

going2mars on December 17, 2013 at 7:17 PM

Speaking of Iowa:

Iowa, US
1h
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Iowa Republican Rep. Tom Latham will step down from Congress after his term ends. ‘I will not be a candidate for any office in November of 2014′ – @JenniferJJacobs
read more on twitter.com
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BREAKING: Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Latham won’t seek re-election in 2014
4:20 PM, Dec 17, 2013
*********************

http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2013/12/17/breaking-republican-u-s-rep-tom-latham-wont-seek-re-election-in-2014/article

canopfor on December 17, 2013 at 7:18 PM

coburn should be hoisted up on the roof of the senate tarred and feathered.

renalin on December 17, 2013 at 7:10 PM

at least he is talking about it…
and looked in to a few examples…

whats the other 99 loosers doing about it ???

I know both of my liberal senators have never seen a taxpayer buck
they couldn’t pizz away in some rat hole..so count my 2 out…

going2mars on December 17, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Whatever other hand-wringing our elected representatives may do over the billions of dollars that should-or-should-not be cut from food stamps, or sequestration, or what have you, there is plenty of federal waste there for the axing if politicians could just get their collective act together and make a priority out of it.
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A Freaggin Amen on dats!!

canopfor on December 17, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Hat tip to Senator Coburn for making this report to make public aware of waste in Federal Government..:)

Dire Straits on December 17, 2013 at 7:27 PM

going2mars on December 17, 2013 at 7:22 PM

he’s talking saving a stinking dollar while he spends a hundred.

renalin on December 17, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Whatever other hand-wringing our elected representatives may do over the billions of dollars that should-or-should-not be cut from food stamps, or sequestration, or what have you, there is plenty of federal waste there for the axing if politicians could just get their collective act together and make a priority out of it.

You may as well attempt to convince a drug addict that he can get just as high on 6 joints a day as he can on 8, especially if the addict is buying his drugs with someone else’s money.

BobMbx on December 17, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Hat tip to Senator Coburn for making this report to make public aware of waste in Federal Government..:)

Dire Straits on December 17, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Where was Coburns amendment to cut the pissed off wives study before the money got spent?

Where was Coburns bill to eliminate a single dollar of what is in his book, before it got spent?

Wastebook is not an expose`. Its a braggarts trophy.

BobMbx on December 17, 2013 at 7:33 PM

canopfor on December 17, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Good evening friend..Hope all is well with you and your family..:)

Dire Straits on December 17, 2013 at 7:33 PM

the National Endowment for the Humanities has funded the “Popular Romance Project” for the past three years, and the incremented funding surpassed the $900,000 mark in 2013.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/12/17/Feds-Spent-Almost-1-Million-On-Romance-Novel-Website

frog march …. the entire department…

going2mars on December 17, 2013 at 7:38 PM

A billion here, a billion there. Pretty soon you’re talking REAL money.

GarandFan on December 17, 2013 at 7:39 PM

:):):)

Schadenfreude on December 17, 2013 at 7:40 PM

canopfor on December 17, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Good evening friend..Hope all is well with you and your family..:)

Dire Straits on December 17, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Dire Straits:Everything as it should be,and I hope your clan is
good as well Dire:0

canopfor on December 17, 2013 at 7:44 PM

BobMbx on December 17, 2013 at 7:33 PM

I do not know..I was just complimenting Senator Coburn on the study..Who knows maybe it will bring change..:)

Dire Straits on December 17, 2013 at 7:48 PM

renalin on December 17, 2013 at 7:28 PM

if your going to tar and feather the ONLY guy out of a hundred that’s even talking about the topic at all…
what do you have planed for the other 99??

as far as the spending money part…
name me one person that ever went to Washington and did not spend money??
that’s what Washington is for…spending money…
we would like them to do it in a responsible way…with some thought..logic…reason…purpose
one guy is talking about it..and you all want to stone him…to what end??..so we can get another one like the 99??..
whens the last time your 2 senators even raised the subject??
in my state….never…so count my 2 bumbs out..
let the man talk…the fuel he is adding to the fire…is on our side…’government programs are stupid because… …’

going2mars on December 17, 2013 at 7:59 PM

canopfor on December 17, 2013 at 7:44 PM

Good deal..Everything is fine for me..:)

Dire Straits on December 17, 2013 at 7:59 PM

Tom, Tell your good friend Obama and the nice lady Nancy Pelosi about the many $Billions in waste.

I think you’ll be amazed at how little bipartisanship they believe in when it’s them working with you instead of you running errands for them.

RJL on December 17, 2013 at 8:13 PM

But by all means, Mr. Ryan – let’s cut veterans benefits and pensions, hmm?

Midas on December 17, 2013 at 8:32 PM

http://www.hawaiireporter.com/hawaiian-holiday-first-family-and-dog-bo-to-leave-cold-dc-for-sunny-4-million-vacation/123

heres another 4 million in waste…..

going2mars on December 17, 2013 at 9:01 PM

It might be a bargain just to get that ba/$&?d out of DC for a while. That trip to Africa would have been a real deal but they let him come back.

yesiamapirate on December 17, 2013 at 9:54 PM

I remember the days in the past and not so distant past when people took to the streets to voice their outrage to the corruption. Now we just bend over and take it and write comments on blogs. There’s a reason the communists and RINOs keep calling us names, it works.

Jackson on December 17, 2013 at 10:06 PM

canopfor on December 17, 2013 at 7:44 PM

Good deal..Everything is fine for me..:)

Dire Straits on December 17, 2013 at 7:59 PM

Dire Straits: Excellent:0

canopfor on December 17, 2013 at 10:08 PM

All this waste but no one knows who proposed these thefts. That’s why they keep doing it.

RdLake on December 17, 2013 at 10:59 PM

Dire Straits on December 17, 2013 at 7:48 PM

Those were rhetorical questions, and not directed at you. I just pasted your comment as a jumping-in point.

BobMbx on December 17, 2013 at 11:03 PM

Why not save some money and ax the Departments of Education, HHS, Energy and the IRS?

Vanceone on December 17, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Amen.

if your going to tar and feather the ONLY guy out of a hundred that’s even talking about the topic at all…
what do you have planed for the other 99??

going2mars on December 17, 2013 at 7:59 PM

Oh, they get feathers, too. But they also get a rail to ride out of town. Maybe more.

GWB on December 18, 2013 at 11:03 AM

When officials at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in New Hampshire installed new solar panels, they did not anticipate one quarter of them would not be used 18 months later. In Spring 2012, the panels were placed on top of the airport’s parking garage, and 25 percent have remained there, covered with a tarp, rendering them useless. Problems with the new panels were noticed almost immediately by air traffic controllers who claimed that for 45 minutes each day, glare made it difficult to oversee the airport’s runways.

Hey, I know….we’ll uncover the solar panels at night and just use them then!!!

/government planning

runawayyyy on December 18, 2013 at 2:32 PM

and yet they just voted to cut the pensions of disabled military veterans, because “it’s the best they could do”….

Tyrs Fury on December 17, 2013 at 6:55 PM

To be clear, the cut is going to be applied to ALL military pensions. It was seperately reported that disabled vets would not be exempted.

And yes, cutting my pension while there is even an equivalent amount of waste and abuse in federal spending is a slap in the face. Cutting it while there is hundreds of times the amount in corrupt spending deserves a revolt.

Who’s with me? Suit up…

Freelancer on December 18, 2013 at 2:41 PM