Senator Tom Coburn released the Wastebook 2012 yesterday, which details the 100 biggest wastes of taxpayer money.
Here are some of the biggest offenders:
• A $27 million U.S. program was created for pottery classes in Morocco. The program was doomed due to incompetence and mismanagement.
• The cell phone program, called Lifeline, has exploded in recent years. The Lifeline program now costs taxpayers $1.5 billion annually and subsidizes the cell phone service of 16.5 million Americans - and a survey found that almost ten percent of all enrollees should not even be eligible for the program.
• The National Science Foundation spent $30,000 to fund a study to measure "gaydar" - the ability of people to identify sexual orientation merely by appearance. The researchers confirmed that "gaydar" exists, and participants were about 60% accurate.
• The Inspector General found roughly 2,000 dead people are still receiving food stamps in New York and Massachusetts combined. Plus, 7,236 people in these states are receiving duplicate benefits. These unnecessary payments amount to $1.4 million every month.
• In 2012, vineyards and wineries received at least $1.5 million in federal taxpayer funds to assist with their grape-growing endeavors.
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