Monday, December 15, 2008

Worst Waste of the Year

Senator Tom Coburn (R, OK) has released his 2008 report on the Worst Waste of the year. It includes:

• $188,000 for Lobster Institute in Maine, home of the “LobsterCam”

• $1 million for bike paths on Louisiana levees while levees await basic repairs

• $2.4 million for a retractable shade canopy at a park in West Virginia

• $24.6 million for the National Park Service’s 100th year birthday in 2016 - 8 years early

• $3.2 million on a blimp the Pentagon does not want • $367,000 wasted by a Texas school board on items like an inflatable alligator and under-the-sea waterslide, among other things

• $5 million for a bridge to a zoo parking lot in St. Louis • $9,000 for a non-functioning airplane-shaped gas station in Tennessee • $300,000 for specialty potatoes for high-end restaurants...

Read the whole report here.

1 comment:

professor ed said...

Senator William Proxmire would be proud of this revival of his annual award.