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Dear Conan, Reckless Government Spending Is Worse Than You Think
Posted By Brandon Stewart On August 10, 2011 @ 7:31 pm In Featured,Ongoing Priorities | 10 Comments
Late-night comedian Conan O’Brien’s blog  has a new post parodying Washington’s excessive spending. “Team Coco has found out why our government is so broke,” the blog explains, “They’ve been spending all our hard earned tax dollars on some pretty ridiculous programs.” The post contains a list of humorous fake programs and encourages readers submit their own.
But sadly, there’s no need to turn to a crack team of comedy writers to gin up examples of ridiculous government spending. Instead, one need only look to the shenanigans on Capitol Hill to find a list of absurd expenditures of taxpayer dollars. As Heritage has reported, in addition to long-term, substantive reforms , $343 billion of wasteful government spending could be cut immediately . And while Conan’s list is populated by a number of outlandish (but fake) programs, there are plenty of REAL government programs that are just as ridiculous . Conan, try these on for size:
And the list goes on and on. When it comes to government spending, the truth is often stranger than fiction.
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 Conan O’Brien’s blog: http://teamcoco.com/content/terrible-20-stupid-government-programs
 long-term, substantive reforms: http://savingthedream.org/about-the-plan/
 $343 billion of wasteful government spending could be cut immediately: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2010/10/how-to-cut-343-billion-from-the-federal-budget
 plenty of REAL government programs that are just as ridiculous: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2010/06/Federal-Spending-by-the-Numbers-2010
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