For fiscal hawks looking into ways to humiliate the government, there's never a lack of examples to show Washington's wastefulness. In October, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) released Wastebook 2012, a look at over $18 billion in projects that are bizarre, and often hard to justify.
Admittedly, $18 billion is just a drop in the vast sea of federal expenditures. For example, it's just over 2% of the defense budget, or 9% of the yearly cost of the Bush tax cuts. Still, it's hard to ignore over $1 million dollars spent on video game development or the hundreds of thousands put into creating a robotic rodent. If you're looking for a quick laugh -- or a little bit of righteous outrage -- take a peek at our gallery of weird government expenditures.
- A High-Cost, High-Tech Walk in the Woods
- Spending Gone Nuts
- A Penny Saved Is 2.4 Pennies Wasted
- Space Invaders!
- Greek Pork
- Spending to a "Tea"
- Something Fishy in the Potato State
- The Love Lives of Fruit Flies
- A Wicked Pisser Conversation
- Testing Gaydar
- When the Chips are Down...
- Flying Saucers ... and Plates ... and Cups
- Puttering Around With the NSF
- Playing With Grandma and Grandpa
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