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”?