Sen. Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican and ranking member of the subcommittee on federal financial management, released an oversight report, “2008: Worst Waste of the Year.” Here are examples given in his report:

$188,000 for Lobster Institute in Maine, home of the “LobsterCam.”

$1 million for bike paths along Baton Rouge, La., levees while levees await basic repairs.

$2.4 million for a retractable shade canopy at a park in West Virginia.

$24.6 million for the National Park Service’s 100th year birthday in 2016 — eight years early.

$3.2 million on a blimp the Pentagon does not want.

$367,000 wasted by a Texas school board on items such as an inflatable alligator and under-the-sea water slide.

$5 million for a bridge to a zoo parking lot in St. Louis.

$9,000 for a nonfunctioning airplane-shaped gas station in Tennessee.

$300,000 for specialty potatoes for high-end restaurants, Idaho.

$784,000 for training classes for casino workers in Kansas.

$4 million to renovate Old Tiger Baseball Stadium in Detroit.

$1 million for tennis courts and artificial baseball field turf in New York.

$32 billion, Weed & Seed programs, U.S. Department of Justice grants.

Source: Coburn’s report

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