Opinion

Washington, D.C., is the capital of waste

An editorial from the Parkersburg News and Sentinel

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — In December, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., released his annual “Wastebook,” giving us all a window into the positively absurd ways in which the federal government spends the hard-earned tax dollars we give it. This year’s list includes some items that would be laughable, if those who received the funding were not already laughing all the way to the bank.

Coburn’s list included 100 items of federal spending totaling $30 billion. Here is just a (bad) taste:

* $125,000 from NASA to Arjun Contractor, for a 3-D pizza printer. Yes. A 3-D pizza printer that could be part of space-exploration mission supplies. NASA warns, however, the research could take years before the technology becomes feasible.

* $17.5 million in tax exemptions from the IRS for brothels in Nevada. Coburn says the exemptions were for everything from breast implants to “free passes” deemed part of promotional costs…

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