Senator Tom Coburn released the 2013 edition of the annual Wastebook on Capitol Hill today and as usual, it is filled with enraging examples of federal spending. The most egregious among the findings: Mass Murderer Nidal Hassan Received $278K from government while his victim’s families received bupkis.
– The State Department spent $630,000 to “buy fans” on Facebook and Twitter.
– The USDA shelled out $415,000 on fine wines in China.
– Though it hasn’t paid out death benefits to the Fort Hood victims’ families, DOD paid the shooter, Nidal Hasan, $278,000 in benefits before his guilty verdict.
– The Army National Guard paid $10 million for “Superman” movie tie-ins.
– A million bucks since 2010 from the National Endowment of the Humanities has been used to explore multimedia romances throughout history.
– The USDA cut housing assistance for the elderly while subsidizing more than 100 homes – at $500,000 each – within walking distance of the ocean in Hawaii.
– And last on our list, but certainly not least: $319 million was spent to build the problematic Healthcare.gov. It is expected that the government will spend at least twice that much on advertising and publicity for ObamaCare.
I don’t know if my outrage meter can go any higher.
Tom Coburn was a guest on Greta Van Sustern’s Fox show, On the Record, Tuesday night: