Examples of wasteful spending highlighted in Senator Coburn’s “Wastebook 2011” include:
• $75,000 to promote awareness about the role Michigan plays in producing Christmas trees & poinsettias.
• $15.3 million for one of the infamous Bridges to Nowhere in Alaska.
• $113,227 for video game preservation center in New York.
• $550,000 for a documentary about how rock music contributed to the collapse of the Soviet Union.
• $48,700 for 2nd annual Hawaii Chocolate Festival, to promote Hawaii’s chocolate industry.
• $350,000 to support an International Art Exhibition in Venice, Italy.
• $10 million for a remake of “Sesame Street” for Pakistan.
• $35 million allocated for political party conventions in 2012.
• $765,828 to subsidize “pancakes for yuppies” in the nation’s capital.
• $764,825 to study how college students use mobile devices for social networking.
In the report “Wastebook 2011: A Guide to Some of the Most Wasteful and Low Priority Government Spending of 2011,” Coburn swings his fiscal watchdog hatchet at a Las Vegas Beltway beautification project, a Henderson “tree census” and an exhibit at the Western Folklife Center in Elko, home of the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.
“The Wastebook,” compiled annually by Coburn and his staff, questions the need for dozens of federal programs that are labeled duplicative, unnecessary or “just plain stupid,” and cites 100 examples of what they call federal waste in more than 30 states and the District of Columbia, costing $6.9 billion. (source: http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2011/dec/28/tom-coburns-wastebook-targets-three-nevada-project/)