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$17 T IN DEBT
No. 4 DECEMBER 2013
By U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D.
 
  Wastebook 2013
 
Table of Contents
Introduction ................................................................................................................................................ 1 1.
 
Paid to Do Nothing – (Government wide) At least $400 million .............................................. 3 2.
 
It’s a Bird. It’s a Plane. It’s Superman! – (National Guard) $10 million .................................. 5 3.
 
Uncle Sam Looking for Romance on the Web – (NEH) $914,000 .............................................7 4.
 
Obama Administration Studies American’s Attitudes Towards Filibuster as Senate Majority Leader Eliminates the Longstanding Senate Right to Debate – (MO) $251,525 . 9 5.
 
Beachfront Boondoggle: Taxpayer’s on the Hook for Paradise Island Homes – (HI) $500 million ......................................................................................................................................................... 11 6.
 
Pimping the Tax Code (NV) $17.5 million ................................................................................... 13 7.
 
Mass Destruction of Weapons – (DoD) $7 billion ....................................................................... 14 8.
 
Let Me Google That for You: National Technical Information Service – (Department of Commerce) $50 million ......................................................................................................................... 16 9.
 
Millions Spent Building, Promoting an Insurance Plan Few Want and a Website that Doesn’t Work – (Department of Health and Human Services) At least $379 million ........ 18 10.
 
Cost of Unused Mega-Blimp Goes Up, Up and Away – (Army) $297 Million .................... 20
 
  Wastebook 2013
 
Washington has reversed the wisdom of the old cliché that less is needed when less is wasted. Every branch of government bickered this year over the need to spend more (while continuing to misspend) with an attitude of “waste more, want more!” Confronted with self-imposed budget cuts necessary to trim years of trillion dollar shortfalls, Washington protested that it could not live within its means. It attempted to take hostage the symbols of America to exact ransom from taxpayers. Public tours of the White House were canceled and Medicare payments for seniors’ health care were cut. While the President and his cabinet issued dire warnings about the cataclysmic impacts of sequestration, taxpayers were not alerted to all of the waste being spared from the budget axe. The Department of Defense (DOD) developed a plan this year to constrain pay and benefits for our brave men and women in uniform, who risk their lives to protect us from terrorists,
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 for example, while at the same time continuing to pay the salary and other government benefits for the Fort Hood shooter,
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 responsible for the worst terrorist attack on American soil since 9-11.
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 DOD grounded the Air Force Thunderbirds and Navy Blue Angels,
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 yet still spent $631.4 million to construct aircraft they never intend to fly.
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 The Army National Guard spent $10 million on Superman movie tie-ins while plans were being made to cut the strength of the Guard by 8,000 soldiers, the
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supermen and women who fight for truth,  justice and the American way. As the Smithsonian was closing exhibits at its world renowned museums,
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 the federal government was funding the creation of “play zones” at the National Museum of Play, an inventory of toys at the Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys, and a website celebrating romance novels. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) cut housing assistance for the disabled elderly while subsidizing thousands of risky mortgages, including more than 100 homes (that cost in excess of half-a-million dollars each) within walking distance of the ocean in Hawaii. And while nutrition assistance was being reduced for many needy families, USDA was spending money on celebrity chef cooks-offs and running up the taxpayer tab on Bloody Marys, sweet potato vodka, and red wine tastings from here to China. The Department of Interior was counting sheep with high-tech unmanned aerial drones
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 after delaying the opening of some national landmarks and closing others early.
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