READ: 2013 Wastebook Calls Out Jaw-Dropping Federal Spending
The 2013 Wastebook is out on Capitol Hill today and, as usual, it is filled with jaw-dropping examples of highly questionable federal spending.
Here are some of the greatest hits from the annual report, which was released by Sen. Tom Coburn's (R-OK) office:
- The State Department spent $630,000 to "buy fans" on Facebook and Twitter.
- The USDA shelled out $415,000 on fine wines in China.
- Though it hasn't paid out death benefits to the Fort Hood victims' families, DOD paid the shooter, Nidal Hasan, $278,000 in benefits before his guilty verdict.
- The Army National Guard paid $10 million for "Superman" movie tie-ins.
- A million bucks since 2010 from the National Endowment of the Humanities has been used to explore multimedia romances throughout history.
- The USDA cut housing assistance for the elderly while subsidizing more than 100 homes - at $500,000 each - within walking distance of the ocean in Hawaii.
- And last on our list, but certainly not least: $319 million was spent to build the problematic Healthcare.gov. It is expected that the government will spend at least twice that much on advertising and publicity for ObamaCare.
You can read the full report below: