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Friday, October 25, 2013

What to Cut? Gov’t finds wasteful spending hard to shake -- By Doug McKelway, Fox News

In the realm of government excesses, it's hard to top a series of grants recently awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities that have drawn the scrutiny of Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.

Sessions wrote acting NEH Director Carol Watson this week asking why it awarded $25,000 for a study entitled, "What is the Good Life and How Do I Live It?"; $23,390 for a study entitled, "Why are Bad People Bad?"; and $24,990 for yet another study called, "What is a Monster?"

"In the current fiscal environment, I question the appropriateness of such grants," Sessions wrote, "and believe the public would benefit from a fulsome explanation of the entire [grant] review process."

If history is a gauge, Sessions may be disappointed with the answer.

Earlier this month, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., vented on the Senate floor about government waste.
"I've actually spent the last nine years oversighting almost every segment of the federal government, and none of us can be proud the way we spend the money," he lamented.

Why does wasteful spending continue?

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