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Government Waste

The Top Ten List of Stupid Government Programs of 2016

Jeff Dunetz
Written by Jeff Dunetz

U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) today released Wastebook: PORKémon Go, highlighting 50 examples of outrageous and wasteful federal spending amounting to more than $5 billion. This is Flake’s second edition of the Wastebook series, started by retired Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.). Among the 50 examples of egregious federal spending uncovered in Flake’s latest report is a program that accepts peanuts for loan repayments, a computer that binge-watched “The Office,” and a sequel to the shrimp on a treadmill study…. research into what happens when you put a fish on a treadmill.

“Government boondoggles come in all shapes and sizes and pop up just about everywhere,” said Flake. “Hopefully this report will be a guide to catch egregious spending lurking in the federal budget.”

Below are ten of my favorite stupid government programs.

  • $1.7 million for a comedy club starring holograms of dead comedians. I loved Lucy, and really enjoy comedy. But with a national debt of almost $20 trillion, should the government be paying to create 3D images for a new Comedy Museum?
  • $74 million for a program that allows taxpayer-backed loans to be repaid with peanuts  (Maybe Jimmy Carter was behind this one).
  • $1.5 million to test the endurance of a fish on a treadmill. Remember shrimp on a treadmill? Here’s the sequel:

  • $5 million to study the partying habits of fraternities and sororities. OH COME ON!!! Hasn’t anyone in the federal government seen “Revenge of the Nerds” or “Animal House”?
Read the rest of the list at Jeff Dunetz’s blog The Lid

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About the author

Jeff Dunetz

Jeff Dunetz

Jeff is a Journalist, Blogger and one of the rare Jewish conservatives in a sea of north east liberal Jews (Thanksgiving dinner is a real pip). Jeff was honored with the 2014 Not For Profit Blogger of the Year award by the National Blogger's Club, is editor/publisher of The Lid (Lidblog.com), contributing reporter at MRCTV.org and Political Columnist for the newspaper, The Jewish Star.

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