POSTED: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 6:38pm
UPDATED: Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 11:08am
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — For years the late Senator William Proxmire of Wisconsin was a fierce opponent of government waste and his annual Golden Fleece awards often pointed to egregious example of redundancy and excess in government.
Although critics said some of his targets were indeed worthy projects, most were clearly a waste of taxpayer money.
Now, Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn has picked up the Proxmire mantle and for four years has published his Wastebook to accomplish the same goal.
This year he singled out, no surprise for a Republican, the Affordable Care Act website for criticism.
He also had some interesting research projects on the list, like a study of why wives should calm down quicker in a family argument. This sounds like basic research to us.
Federally funded solar panels on a Massachusetts airport, were found to generate so much glare, they had to be covered. But, the biggest waste was found in The Pentagon.
For example, as our deployment in the Middle East Winds down, instead of sending $7 billion worth of military vehicles and equipment, or selling it, we will simply destroy trucks, and armored vehicles, vehicles you and I paid for.
The Army wanted a new twin-engined transport aircraft built in Italy, the C-27. Of course, we had one that was almost identical years ago called the C-123, but who’s counting.
The Air Force didn’t like the Army handling any fixed-wing aircraft, so they asked to take over the planes and the mission. Then they canceled the program and mothballed 21 brand new planes that cost $640 million.
Coburn says there’s enough waste to replace all the sequester cuts without raising any new revenue.