Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) is out with a new report claiming that the Pentagon routinely spends billions each year on programs that have nothing to do with military readiness, arguing that at a time of budget troubles, there's no reason not to cut out what isn't needed.
As I detailed on my Twitter feed (@jamiedupree), the Coburn report details a host of items that may make the average American pound the dashboard in frustration, wondering whether the spending of the federal government can ever be reined in:
* Money from the military went to fund studies about slang used on Twitter and how it could be used to determine where that Twitter user was from is.gd/MaqkOV
* Twelve grants worth $6 million over two years went to research on the science of story telling http://t.co/clvdChIe
* The Navy spent $450,000 to observe the social interactions between a military robot and babies
* The Air Force spent $681,387 on a grant for research that showed a man brandishing a gun looked more powerful than a man without a weapon http://t.co/0JXYqYuJ
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