WASHINGTON â€” Sen. Tom Coburn on Monday released his list of the federal government's most wasteful spending of the year, such as a $217,000 study on why political candidates are vague.
Coburn, R-Muskogee, whose office regularly churns out reports mocking federal projects and programs, said Monday that â€œcutting wasteful and low-priority spending from the budget is not only sensible, but essential.â€
â€œIn today's economy, we can't afford to spend nearly $2 million to showcase neon signs no longer in use at Las Vegas casinos; nor can Congress and federal agencies afford to spend nearly $1 billion a year on unnecessary printing costs.â€
The 100 projects cited on Monday tread some familiar ground for Coburn reports â€” road signs paid for with stimulus funds, research projects that sound like folly â€” and are mostly domestic. There is no mention of Iraq or Afghanistan, despite government reports documenting millions lost to fraud and waste.
Topping Coburn's list is the conclusion of a FOX News story that the Department of Veterans Affairs spends $175 million each year to maintain buildings it can't use, in some cases because they're in such disrepair.