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  • mr_cut_and_paste mr_cut_and_paste Mar 14, 2013 11:59 AM Flag

    U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) has some ideas of where to start


    Examples of wasteful spending highlighted in “Wastebook 2012” include:

    • Tax loopholes for the National Football League (NFL), National Hockey League (NHL) and Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) – professional sports leagues that generate billions of dollars annually in profits ($91 million in taxes)

    • Moroccan pottery classes (part of a $27 million grant from U.S. Agency for International Development)

    • Efforts to promote caviar consumption and production ($300,000)

    • Robotic squirrel named “RoboSquirrel” (part of a $325,000 grant from the National Science Foundation)

    • Promotion of specialty shampoo and other beauty products for cats and dogs ($505,000)

    • Corporate welfare for the world’s largest snack food producer, PepsiCo Inc. ($1.3 million)

    • Government-funded study on how golfers might benefit from using their imagination, envisioning the hole is bigger than it actually is ($350,000)

    • “Prom Week,” a video game that allows taxpayers to relive prom night ($516,000)

    • Oklahoma’s layover boondoggle, a scarcely used airport in Oklahoma receiving nearly half-a-million in taxpayer dollars only to transfer funds elsewhere in the state ($450,000)

    • The 2012 Alabama Watermelon Queen tour paid for in part by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, “to promote the consumption of Alabama’s watermelon through appearances of the Alabama Watermelon Queen at various events and locations” ($25,000)

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