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Tax Money Is Funding Jell-O Wrestling Study

By Wyatt Earp | May 26, 2011

Yeah, let’s all take the Democrats’ advice and embrace big government.

The Senate’s top watchdog on government waste, in a new report Thursday, said taxpayer money has gone to fund such programs as Jell-O wrestling at the South Pole, testing shrimp’s exercise ability on a treadmill and a laundry-folding robot, all funded by the National Science Foundation.

Show of hands: Does anyone think these programs are a good use of our money?

Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, said he identified more than $3 billion in mismanagement at NSF, ranging from questionable studies to exorbitant operating costs, and in some cases duplication by the science agency of operations performed by other agencies. At a time when the federal government is struggling with record deficits and bumping up against its borrowing limit, Mr. Coburn said the agency is a prime example of the kinds of spending taxpayers should no longer tolerate.

“There is little, if any, obvious scientific benefit to some NSF projects, such as a YouTube rap video, a review of event ticket prices on, a ‘robot hoedown and rodeo,’ or a virtual recreation of the 1964/65 New York World’s Fair,” Mr. Coburn said in a letter to taxpayers he wrote introducing the 73-page report.

But yeah, let’s poo-poo Paul Ryan’s budget plan because there are “too many cuts.”

(And before you give me the “Ryan’s killing Medicare” meme, just stop. No one 55 years and older will have their Medicare affected under Ryan’s plan. In contrast, ObamaCare will siphon $500 billion from Medicare upon its implementation.)

We desperately need massive cuts to Obama’s out-of-control budget; and we need these cuts sooner rather than later.

Topics: Politics, WTF? | 11 Comments »

11 Responses to “Tax Money Is Funding Jell-O Wrestling Study”

  1. Yet another bob Says:
    May 26th, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    To be fair, this is far from the worst use of government funding we’ve ever seen.

    And uhh… Is there a video? :D

  2. Wyatt Earp Says:
    May 26th, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    YAB – True, but it’s still $3 million wasted. Haven’t seen any video, but it’s the government; we probably don’t want to see it,.

  3. dr. evil Says:
    May 26th, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Great use of money! Beats the hell out of the Hubble!

  4. Deputy Polarbear Says:
    May 26th, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    And these azzhats then have the nerve to act surprised when the tax payers get upset about them wanting to steal, I mean raise more tax revenue…..

    THROW THEM ALL OUT OF OFFICE…..every….single…last…one….of them…..from every party, no matter how long they have been in office…..they are all corrupt, incompetent, and thieves.

  5. Loaded Dice in Vegas Says:
    May 26th, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Never, ever vote for a Chicago pol or for that matter an Illinois one. They’ll pick ya clean.

  6. richard mcenroe Says:
    May 26th, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    The young guy in the office has been a pain in the ass yesterday, so us two old farts’ve decided we’re gonna spend all the SS money before it’s his turn.

  7. JT Says:
    May 26th, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    The gubmint shouldn’t fund studies of any kind of wrasslin’.

    The private sector does it much better……

  8. L Frame S&W Says:
    May 27th, 2011 at 7:25 am

    I would vote for co-ed naked jello wrestling! I would even take the class :+)

    I know my wife would LOVE a laundry folding robot, if she could train to fold clothes to HER standards.

  9. Wyatt Earp Says:
    May 27th, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Dr. Evil – That’s actually a good point.

    DP – I said that in 2008 and 2010. Throw them out. All of them.

    LDIV – No kidding. Philly is not much better.

    Richard – That’s probably a real conversation.

    JT – I miss John Candy.

    L Frame – And I know I like my shrimp in shape before I eat them.

  10. L Frame S&W Says:
    May 27th, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Are you saying you are a shrimper?

    Ducks and runs for cover…

  11. Ingineer66 Says:
    May 27th, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Jello wrestling at the South Pole? WTF? I am pretty sure we do not want to see video of that. Unless “the South Pole” is a strip club in Key West or something.