[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Former Senator Tom Coburn’s retirement left a huge void in Washington, DC, specifically in the area of exposing the ridiculous and numerous ways that the federal government wastes hard-earned taxpayer money.
[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]Coburn’s annual “Wastebook” had almost reached legendary status, cataloging some of the worse, and even unbelievable ways government blows our money. For example, the 2014 version of Wastebook, Coburn’s outgoing masterpiece, featured squandering such as mountain lion treadmills, synchronized swimming for sea monkeys, monkey gambling, and so much more.
Enter Congressman Steve Russell (R-OK), who is attempting to fill the void left by Sen. Coburn, by announcing on Tuesday the release of “Waste Watch No. 1,” which chronicles 10 different examples of overly frivolous government waste.
Speaking about the new publication, Congressman Russell said:
“Every year we see money spent on waste, fraud, and abuse, and I want to continue to highlight some of these instances. Many of these projects were well intentioned, but end up costing the American people millions if not billions of dollars with unintended, but preventable consequences. Hopefully, by continuing to point out these financial mistakes, we can adjust our spending habits and find better ways to accomplish the same goals in a fiscally responsible and efficient manner.”
Senator Coburn, who retired from office last year, a staunch advocate for cutting government waste, and also known for his annual Wastebook, added, “To eliminate government waste, you must first identify and expose it. I am proud Oklahoma Congressman Steve Russell is doing just that with his Waste Watch. Every other member of Congress should follow Steve’s lead and do their part to protect taxpayer dollars.”
“Waste Watch No. 1,” includes such doozies as the Orwellian $15,000 EPA project to create a device that monitors the amount of time Americans spend in the shower, and the Obama State Department, which paid over $200,000 to the Humpty Dumpty Institute to produce an anti-American U.S. movie.
Rep. Russell, who had a 21-year military career in his prior life, was elected in the 2014 election with strong Tea Party backing, filling the congressional seat vacated by James Lankford, who was elected to the U.S. Senate in the seat vacated by the retiring Sen. Coburn.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]