2012 Waste Book: $325,000 For a 'Robo-Squirrel'!?
The 2012 Waste Book was recently released by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), and in it, he details $19 billion in shocking government expenses.
The report, which Coburn has published every year since 2010, lists examples of government fraud and waste for the purposes of educating taxpayers about where their dollars are going. “The reason we put the waste book out,” explained Coburn, “is so people … can see that the federal government isn’t making any tough decisions, as long as we continue to fund things that are listed in this group.”
Among some of the wasteful spending outlined in the 2012 Waste Book was the development of a $325,000 “robo-squirrel” to study rattlesnake and squirrel interaction, as well as
a $300,000 grant to promote caviar and a nearly $700,000 grant to develop a musical about climate change.
Watch Coburn's appearance on Fox and Friends: