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Government ‘waste’ takes on new dimension, as feds pay to collect human urine

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The next time you have to tinkle, don’t be too hasty to flush. There’s gold in them there “golden showers.” According to Stephen Dinan of the Washington Times, this morning Sen. Tom Coburn will issue his latest report on government excess, and one of the items listed is an expenditure of $15,000 to collect thousands of gallons of human urine to be tested as a hayfield fertilizer.

Coburn, a Republican from Oklahoma, has long been Congress’s most vocal critics when it comes to government waste. And despite recent belt-tightening (which is apt to end if the current budget deal becomes law), Coburn’s “Wastebook for 2013” reveals:

  • The Pentagon spent more than $300 million on a battlefield blimp that didn’t work, finally canceling the project earlier this year at a near-total loss of the taxpayer money invested in the project.
  • The State Department purchased $5 million worth of new hand-blown crystal stemware days before the government shutdown.

The report also finds:

  • $65 million of Hurricane Sandy emergency relief money that New York and New Jersey spent on television ads promoting tourism.
  • $124,955 to build a 3-D printer to make pizzas for NASA.
  • $566,000 paid by the U.S. Postal Service to a “futurist,” Faith Popcorn, to try to envision a viable future for the post office.
  • $1.5 million spent by the FBI each year to review Hollywood producers and writers on how to portray the agency in movies.

All told, the 177-page report identifies nearly $30 billion in funds that were wasted or squandered on questionable projects.

Read the rest of the story here.

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