The holidays are upon us once again. Many of us have worked very hard this year and have less to show for it than in years past. Our sluggish economy has many businesses cutting back and unemployment at extremely high rates. We may have to pass on buying expensive Christmas gifts for our loved ones, or not buy any gifts at all. This is what logical people have to deal with in uncertain times.
Not everyone is using common sense this year. Surprising headlines are popping up showing exorbitant amounts of money being spent on frivolous projects. Sane people would call these acts disgustingly wasteful, but unfortunately we aren’t dealing with sane people – we are talking about the US Congress. And even more unfortunate – we aren’t talking about their money – we are talking about yours.
Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma released a shocking report, appropriately titled “Wastebook 2010″, outlining some of the worst offenses. Here are a few “low-lights” that stood out to me:
1. $224,000 to build a statue of a bus.
2. $609,160 for a zoo to develop the “Wolfquest” video game.
3. $239,100 for a study on Internet dating.
4. $2.9 million to study “World of Warcraft” and other similar video games.
5. $615,000 for a Grateful Dead archive.
6. $1.8 million for a museum dedicated to neon signs.
7. $442,340 to study male prostitutes in Vietnam. (Is Barney Frank trying to get a free vacation?)
and my all time favorite wasteful government project…..
$832,200 to teach South African men how to wash their junk.
If this list wasn’t enough to make blood shoot out of your eyeballs in anger, download the full list from Senator Coburn and read about 91 other wonderful nuggets of insanity.