‘THE FARCE AWAKENS’: Senator Releases ‘Government Wastebook’ [VIDEO]

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., is taking on the government-waste-fighting mantle that former Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., left behind.

Wastebook: The Farce Awakens:

100 examples of egregious, outrageous and unnecessary government spending.


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) today released Wastebook: The Farce Awakens, highlighting 100 examples of wasteful federal spending amounting to more than $100 billion. The findings in Retired U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn’s (R-Okla.) series of waste reports included shrimp on a treadmill and mountain lions on a treadmill – now Flake is carrying on the tradition, including his discovery of a study with monkeys on a treadmill for the latest instalment of the Wastebook franchise.

“To see so much money so outlandishly wasted, it’s clear that Washington’s ballyhooing over budget austerity is a farce,”said Flake. “Hopefully, this report gives Congress – which only ever seems to agree when it comes to spending money – something to Chewie on before the taxpayers strike back.”

Highlights from Flake’s 2015 edition of Wastebook include (click links to view related footage):

  • $1 million for monkeys running in hamster balls on a treadmill
  • $5 million to “Help A Hipster” quit smoking by throwing parties at bars and nightclubs
  • $1.2 million to put sheep in microgravity
  • $2.1 million to promote tourism in Lebanon, a nation the State Department advises travels to avoid due to “ongoing safety and security concerns”
  • $17,500 to have people wear a fat suit for “weight sensitivity training”
  • $853,000 to teach minors the art of making wine
  • $707,000 for researchers to create a fight club for shrimp
  • $780,000 to study college students and pizza addiction
  • $276,000 to discover how unattractive people snag a more attractive date
  • $1.3 million to study how a koozie keeps your beer cold
  • $3 million for bus security grants that were paid, in part, to companies operating luxury charter buses and limousines, including a self-proclaimed “nightclub on wheels”
  • $104.4 million to subsidize low-income public housing for over-income families
  • $175,000 to develop a smartphone app that lets you know who caught the fish you are eating
  • $1.2 million grant partially used to fund a life-size Pac-Man game

The full report can be downloaded here.


Image via Senator Jeff Flake

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