Senator Cites Comedy Museum, Singing Dinosaurs Among Gov’t Waste


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(The Daily Signal) As Congress enters debate on a new budget, Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., is making sure wasteful spending remains at the forefront with a report citing examples ranging from a study of how college students party to research on whether dinosaurs could sing.

Flake told The Daily Signal that he released the report, “Wastebook: PORKémon Go,” for two reasons.

“One, to inform the debate that is being had right now about whether we should bring earmarking back,” Flake said. “And two, just the issue of priorities. We have to make choices when we’re borrowing a lot of money.”

Named after the wildly popular mobile app Pokémon Go, “Wastebook: PORKémon Go,” released Tuesday, details more than $5 billion in what Flake calls wasteful government spending.

The report, which Flake discussed during an appearance Tuesday at The Heritage Foundation, is the second volume in the Arizona Republican’s “Wastebook” series.

Flake has a habit of exposing government waste. In 2015, he released a detailed report entitled “Wastebook: The Farce Awakens” and has put out similar reports since 2003, when he was in the House.

Here are seven of the most outrageous examples detailed in the new “Wastebook” report:

1. “Spaceport to Nowhere.” The Missile Defense Agency continues to fund a rocket launch site in Alaska that could cost the organization up to $80.4 million. The facility is 20 years old, “rarely used,” and was established with an $18 million earmark. “The millions spent to date on this launch complex have not made America safer from potential missile attacks from foreign adversaries,” the report states. “To the contrary, it has siphoned away tens of millions of dollars that could have been better spent on more promising initiatives.”…

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