Remember when House minority leader, Nancy Pelosi said the ‘The Cupboards are bare’, Government has no money to spare. Well Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) has released his annual ‘WasteBook’ that tells another story.
The Washington Free Beacon outlined 100 examples of waste in Government
Sen. Tom Coburn’s (R., Okla.) annual Wastebook was released Tuesday, detailing billions in frivolous government spending on everything from wine to romance novels.
As the federal debt surpassed $17 trillion in 2013, Coburn’s office named its top 100 examples of government waste, which cost taxpayers more than $30 billion this year.
“When it comes to spending your money,” Coburn wrote, “those in Washington tend to see no waste, speak no waste, and cut no waste.”
The examples are numerous, including a $150,000 zombie game created to teach kids math and $40,810 to hire an Inventory Manager at the “Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys,” which features exhibits on miniature trains, and giant teddy bears.
The 167-page report compares the Obamacare launch to “New Coke,” tallying the total cost for the glitch-ridden website and promotion for the law at $379 million. Coburn uses the $319 million figure for Healthcare.gov—the most conservative estimate for the cost to build the website—and $60 million for advertising.
The $10 million Oregon received to push the law includes advertisements that do not even mention the word “insurance.”
However, the Portland advertising agency North, Inc., did produce a psychedelic cartoon ad that “features what appears to be Gumby riding on the Beatles’ yellow submarine” to promote Cover Oregon.
The Oregon marketplace had only enrolled 44 people as of Nov. 30.