Why Van Jones' Take on the Republican Convention Should Make Dems Nervous
There's One Dem Biden Is Supremely Irritated With Right Now
GOP Rep Goes on CNN and Destroyed the Network's Fact-Checker Live On-Air
Would Jefferson Have Told You What Kind of Horse You Could Buy?
Our Precarious, Flabby Military and a Generation of Unhardy Americans
Joe Biden's National Rent Control Plan Would Be a Very Bad Idea
Democrat Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Loses Her Battle With Cancer
Biden Co-Chair Chris Coons' Remarks About Biden Staying in the Race Sure Are...
Biden’s NPA-A Announcement Jeopardizes U.S. Energy Security
End Small Business Tax to Make Main Street Great Again
Duty Drawback Example of Corporate Welfare
Joe Biden, American Lemon
Poverty Is Caused by the Dad Gap
Never Forget That Political Rhetoric Lives in the Realm of Hyperbole
MSNBC Attempts to Trick Viewers Into Thinking They Were at the RNC
Tipsheet

Shrimp on a Treadmill

A report released today by Tom Coburn's office identifies $3 billion in waste at the National Science Foundation. Projects include a review of ticket prices on stubhub.com, a laundry folding robot, and observations concerning shrimp running on a treadmill. I kid you not:

Advertisement

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.

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, documented by more than 350 footnotes.

Advertisement

The NSF could perform an important service, with grants for science and defense research. But while they cut the budget for important projects, they squander money on jello wrestling contests.

Could somebody please tell me what the value of this is?

Sponsored

Join the conversation as a VIP Member

Recommended

Trending on Townhall Videos

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement