Coburn: Feds Waste Money On Christmas Trees, Ornaments and a Moose Musical

His annual 'Wastebook' came out this month.

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Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn's most recent "Wastebook" offers some Christmas-themed tax advice.
Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn's most recent "Wastebook" offers some Christmas-themed tax advice.

Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., isn't necessarily playing Grinch, but his most recent "Wastebook" includes some Christmas-themed taxpayer-funded projects that could deserve the ax.

Christmas tree promotion could be cut, Coburn argued, calling out the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.

"While the U.S. Department of Agriculture sounded a lot of like Scrooge this year by threatening to cut nutrition assistance for low income women and children, it was behaving like a secret Santa to special interests spreading good cheer and taxpayer dollars through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program," Coburn wrote.

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Overall, there were six projects, which included the shearing, marketing and promoting of Christmas trees, funded by the federal government, Coburn's "Wastebook" reports.

Overpriced Christmas ornaments also got some "Wastebook" ink, when the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General uncovered the United States Marshals Service's purchase of holiday "swag." During a three year period, the USMS Investigative Operations Division purchased 1,679 Christmas ornaments, totaling $13,605 or $8.10 per ornament.

Finally, Coburn took issue with a $10,000 taxpayer-funded National Endowment of the Arts grant that went toward "Mooseltoe: A New Moosical," a touring production that stars a costumed moose who aspires to be a reindeer.

"In addition to its original songs, parents will appreciate the 16 characters in 'Mooseltoe' that are entertaining their children on the taxpayers' time, including three snobby penguins, a mobster snowman, and a fat walrus," Coburn snarked.


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