A new document has been released showing where some of the 17 trillion dollars worth of America’s debt has gone. Frankly, some of the things that Obama and his administration have allowed money to be spent on is outrageous.
The Wastebook, was released by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Ok) showing just how frivolously the government has spent your mandated taxes.
The book defines examples showing things like the $1 million to build a bus stop in Virginia and the $5 million dropped on customized crystal stemware. The book goes on to list more ridiculous and asinine amounts of money the government may as well have flushed down the toilet.
All in all, the government managed to throw away $30 billion just last year alone.
Coburn relays that he has been coming out with this report for around five or six years now.
It’s hard to see how such numbers can literally go unnoticed and uncorrected for so long. The Wastebook goes on the point out more crazy numbers such as the, “$2 million to renovate a rarely-visited Civil War grist mill in Virginia, and $3 million for NASA employees to attend seminars on how Congress works.”
Now mad yet?
How about the $1.5 billion spent, “to keep the lights on in unused or underutilized federal buildings.” Or the even larger “$7 billion worth of U.S. military equipment being destroyed as U.S. troops pull out of Afghanistan.”
Coburn just has one question when looking at these numbers. He asks, “Where was the adult in the room when this was going on?”–and he’s absolutely right.
Who was the person that said yes to the, “nearly $1 million grant for something called the “Popular Romance Project” — a website and documentary that celebrates romantic movies, books and pop songs?” Who possibly thought that was a good way to blow $1,000,000 worth of hard earned American taxpayer money?
Coburn speaks of his frustration while trying to bring these numbers to the attention of Congress saying, “They don’t pay attention to it. It’s hard work to get rid of junk, it’s hard work to do oversight, it’s hard work to hold the agencies accountable. And so what they would rather do is look good at home, get re-elected, and continue to spend money, and that’s Republican and Democrat alike.”
The Senator did convey that some of the money within the report are more “eye of the beholder” type wasteful spending. For instance, the development costs for the Obamacare website may be viewed as wasteful to Republicans while Democrats would disagree. $600 million on a website that didn’t work? Who would disagree that was a waste of money?
And let’s not forget the $400 million extra dollars Obama agreed to spend in order to ensure that government locations were locked down. He spent the money in effort to hurt the American public as much as possible in order to get citizens to blame Republicans for the government shutdown–money that would still be in the pocket of America had he not spent it out of spite.
The worst part about this is that the budget just passed by Congress only saved the American people $23 billion over the next ten years—$7 billion of which were stolen from veteran pensions.
It seems like career politicians have become complacent in their duties to represent the American people correctly. They demonstrate more of a “who cares” or “what’s a few more dollars” type attitude. I guess it’s easy to spend when it’s not your money.
Do you think it’s time to put term limits on career politicians?