Government Spending

Senator Coburn releases Wastebook 2014: What Washington doesn’t want you to read.

Barney Keller - October 22nd, 2014

Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK), long a champion of limited government and fiscal responsibility, has released his annual “Wastebook” (his last one, unfortunately, as Dr. Coburn is retiring this year) on government waste. Per Senator Coburn’s office, some examples include:

  • Coast guard party patrols – $100,000
  • Watching grass grow – $10,000
  • State department tweets @ terrorists – $3 million
  • Swedish massages for rabbits – $387,000
  • Paid vacations for bureaucrats gone wild – $20 million
  • Mountain lions on a treadmill – $856,000
  • Synchronized swimming for sea monkeys – $50,000
  • Pentagon to destroy $16 billion in unused ammunition — $1 billion
  • Scientists hope monkey gambling unlocks secrets of free will –$171,000
  • Rich and famous rent out their luxury pads tax free – $10 million
  • Studying “hangry” spouses stabbing voodoo dolls – $331,000
  • Promoting U.S. culture around the globe with nose flutists – $90 million

Click here to read the whole thing.

More on Ebola…

Mr. Andrew Roth - October 22nd, 2014

In a follow-up from the last blog post, here’s this news item about what the private sector is doing about Ebola.

Johnson & Johnson will begin safety testing in early January on a vaccine combination that could protect people from a strain of the deadly Ebola virus.

The health care products maker said Wednesday that the vaccine being developed by its Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies protects against an Ebola strain that is “highly similar” to the virus that has triggered the current outbreak in West Africa. Johnson & Johnson also plans to test whether its vaccine protects against the version causing the outbreak, which has killed more than 4,500 people.

The New Brunswick, New Jersey, company has committed up to $200 million to speed up and expand production of the vaccine program.

Is More Money Needed for Ebola?

Mr. Andrew Roth - October 22nd, 2014

There’s two sides to every coin.  On one side ($):

“The CDC and NIH clearly do not have the resources they need,” said Rosa DeLauro, ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, said in a statement to CQ Roll Call. “Congress should immediately come back to Washington and vote to provide emergency funds before the November election. If we do not do so, our ability to fight and cure diseases could be at risk.”

And on the other side:

The director of the National Institutes for Health claims a vaccine for Ebola “probably” would have been developed by now if not for the stagnant funding for the agency, which has a $30 billion annual budget. Yet NIH did come up with the money to pay to give Swedish massages for rabbits [emphasis added].

The NIH also doled out money to investigate the meditation effects of reading Buddhist literature ($533,376).  And it spent money sending text messages to alcoholics ($480,500), obese people ($2.7 million), and meth addicts ($360,113).

These questionable projects (and unfortunately more) come from Senator Tom Coburn’s 2014 Wastebook.  It should be required reading for anyone who thinks the government is wisely spending our money, and thus, deserves more of our hard-earned tax dollars.

Todd Tiahrt Wasteful Earmark Of The Day

Barney Keller - August 03rd, 2014

Club for Growth Spokesman Barney Keller: “We don’t question Todd Tiahrt’s love for mules, we question his commitment to fiscal responsibility and reining in the federal debt.”

Washington, DC – As part of an ongoing series, the Club for Growth PAC today highlighted another wasteful earmark supported by former Congressman Todd Tiahrt. Tiahrt is challenging incumbent Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-KS), who has been endorsed by the Club’s PAC and opposes wasteful earmarks.

Today, the Club for Growth PAC noted as a member of Congress, Todd Tiahrt voted to spend $50,000 on the National Mule and Packer Museum in Woodlake, California

(Roll Call Vote #700, 2007)

“Time Magazine named this one of the Top Ten most outrageous Congressional earmarks ever, but Todd Tiahrt voted for it anyway,” said Club for Growth Spokesman Barney Keller. “We don’t question Todd Tiahrt’s love for mules, we question his commitment to fiscal responsibility and reining in the federal debt.”

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Todd Tiahrt Wasteful Earmark Of The Day

Barney Keller - July 31st, 2014

Club for Growth Spokesman Barney Keller: “Maine is about as far away from Kansas as you can get without hitting Canada, but Todd Tiahrt’s fingerprints are all over wasteful spending even there.”

Washington, DC – As part of an ongoing series, the Club for Growth PAC today highlighted another wasteful earmark supported by former Congressman Todd Tiahrt. Tiahrt is challenging incumbent Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-KS), who has been endorsed by the Club’s PAC and opposes wasteful earmarks.

Today, the Club for Growth PAC noted as a member of Congress, Todd Tiahrt voted to spend $200,000 on a Lobster Institute in Orono, Maine

(Roll Call Vote #735, 2007)

“Maine is about as far away from Kansas as you can get without hitting Canada, but Todd Tiahrt’s fingerprints are all over wasteful spending even there,” said Club for Growth Spokesman Barney Keller. “Lobster Institutes, Cash for Clunkers, Aquariums in South Carolina — you name it, Todd Tiahrt probably voted for it. Todd Tiahrt’s ridiculous attempt to claw his way back into Congress is meeting with resistance by Kansans fed up with the big spenders in Washington.”

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