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Yesterday, Republican Sen. Tom Coburn released his annual “Wastebook,” highlighting a sampling of the most egregious wasteful federal government spending citing "...100 examples of wasteful and low-priority spending totaling nearly $30 billion."

This study is by no means all-inclusive.

Many of the jaw dropping examples of government waste highlight the federal government's relentless willingness to waste taxpayer money freely in a time when many people are suffering in the private sector.

The Wastebook notes, for example, that during the so-called "government shutdown,"

"More than 100,000 federal employees being paid a salary of at least $100,000 were furloughed as non-essential."

But even worse than the waste, a study funded by the taxpayers to scrutinize in part, the "cognitive-style correlates of political conservativism" illustrates the ongoing targeting of constitutional conservatives by the Obama Administration.

The end result of the study was "surprising" to Yale law professor Dan Kahan, who wrote on his blog that those "identifying with the Tea Party correlates positively...with scores on the science comprehension measure..."

Kahan continued to admit,

"As I pushed the button to run the analysis on my computer, I fully expected I'd be shown a modest negative correlation between identifying with the Tea Party and science comprehension."

On Greta Van Susteren's "On the Record" Tuesday night, former congressman Allen West discussed the government waste, as well as the Tea Party study, which cost taxpayers $398k.

West said that there was a "nefarious intent" in targeting the Tea Party in this academic study. He said that if there was a "different result," he could "guarantee" that the mainstream media would be "talking about this report."

Where was the government funded study of cognitive abilities of the Occupy Wall Street Movement? Why is it that the Tea Party continues to be blatantly targeted by the Internal Revenue Service? How is that FBI investigation going, anyway?

It should be noted the Wall Street Journal reported just last week that in late November, the Treasury Department "dumped a new proposal to govern the political activity of 501(c)(4) groups."

The article continues to report,

"That this rule was meant to crack down on the White House's political opponents was never in doubt. What is new is the growing concern by House Ways and Means Committee investigators that the regulation was reverse-engineered—designed to isolate and shut down the same tea party groups victimized in the first targeting round."

Just yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid again bashed Tea Party conservatives yet again in saying that a vote for the new, vast 2014 budget was a “vote against extremism,” as reported at the New York Times.

Has the federal government ever engaged in such open animosity toward American citizens?

Update: Dan Kahan, Professor of Law/Psychology at Yale Law School has disputed the portrayal of his work in Sen. Tom Coburn‘s annual “Wastebook,” saying that his published study had nothing to do with his much-discussed blog post, as discussed at Liberty Unyielding.

Follow Renee Nal on Twitter @ReneeNal and Facebook.

Check out her news and political commentary on Liberty Unyielding, Gather and for news you won't find in the mainstream media. Renee is also a guest blogger for the Shire Blog.



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