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 stubhub.com, 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.