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Monday
Dec202010

Most Wasteful Government Programs of 2010

Photo Courtesy - Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- A Republican senator has drafted what he calls a "wastebook" -- a guide to what he considers to be the top 100 examples of wasteful government spending in 2010.

Highlights include the $700,000 awarded by the Department of Agriculture to the University of New Hampshire to investigate methane gas emissions from dairy cows. The National Science Foundation spent $216,000 to study the use of "ambiguous" statements by politicians.

"I would tell you that there's hundreds of billions of dollars every year, that if the American tax payer could go down through it, they'd say "wipe this off, this off, this off...we don't think any of this is important," said Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK.), the author of the report, who acknowledges his examples represent a tiny fraction of government spending.

The combined cost of studies of cow burps and political statements was less than a million dollars, but some of the other items in Coburn's report are far more costly.

The government spends $28 million a year just to print The Congressional Record, a daily chronicle of every word uttered in Congress and countless more words submitted "for the record." The Congressional Record is available online which is the way most people who want to read it find it.

Coburn says the blame for most of this lies not with the White House, but with Congress. What's needed, he says, is for the president to fight Congress to stop these programs.

"We've never had a president, that I know of in my lifetime, that's willing to take on Congress," Coburn said. "None of them.”

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