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'Wastebook' showcases absurdity

December 31, 2013

Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., has released his annual “Wastebook,” giving us all a window into the positively absurd ways in which the federal government spends the hard-earned tax dollars we give it....

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centerfield

Jan-04-14 11:35 AM

Let me see, farm subsidies are not a problem? Hmmm. Since 1996, the difference between what the farmers pay in crop insurance premiums and what they have taken out in claims for North Dakota alone is about 3 Billion dollars. That is the overpayment for one part of the farm bill and what taxpayers subsidize. Yep, we pay for not planting a crop. Can we relate that to the Republican theory on food stamps? By the way, have these Republican farmers(the dalrymple family subsidy) figured out that cutting food subsidies will decrease their crop revenue?

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JackAaah

Jan-03-14 4:52 PM

We of the Democrat Party do get explosive when we hear a comment like that....

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EarlyBird

Jan-02-14 11:19 AM

2013 Farm Bill

The farm bill is an extensive, omnibus piece of legislation that is reauthorized roughly every five years. ‘Farm bill’ is really a misnomer, because although the legislation does contain a number of provisions that are critical to family farmers’, ranchers’, and fruit and vegetable growers’ economic success, more than 75 percent of the bill’s funding is allocated for nutrition assistance for the underprivileged, both in the United States and abroad.

Much of the remaining provisions relate to rural business development, incentives for renewable energy production, and protection of our country’s most precious natural resources. So, above all, the farm bill is really a food, energy and jobs bill, and all consumers, farmers and rural Americans have a responsibility to be engaged in the farm bill debate.

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chadk66

Jan-01-14 10:22 PM

yes Jack they do. the liberals use those numbers because it makes the state look like freeloaders. that's their goal, make red states look that way. If you removed the farm subsidies and the money sent here for the bases we would probably be the largest provider of funds to D.C. per capita than any other state.

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JackAaah

Jan-01-14 1:14 PM

Do the monies the federal government spends to operate the two AFB's in ND count, the two dollars for every one ND sends to Washington, do they count towards those ND 'welfare' dollars? I haven't Come Together yet to know the answer to that one....

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JackAaah

Jan-01-14 1:11 PM

I have to reiterate....it is not farm subsidies that is the problem....the problem that both LowT and I feel ND is in the wastebook, the problem why ND is a 'welfare' state, is the Republican farmers and their welfare.....the Republican ones only. I hope LowT and I have made this abundantly clear of why ND is such a welfare state.... nothing to do with our Democrat Party farmers....

Does anyone know if those dollars Rugby gets falls into the class of those 'ND welfare' dollars...where the state gets more than it gives?

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chadk66

Jan-01-14 10:24 AM

how bout we end all money sent to foreign nations. of course that would make too much sense because it would wipe the deficit out. couldn't hold the american people hostage anymore then.

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EarlyBird

Jan-01-14 8:25 AM

With the great decrease in people who are born, raised and work the fields in the country the urban and city folks are becoming very distanced from what it takes to keep the grocery store shelves full. When we stop supporting private interest and only support corporate or government farm programs that will be the straw that broke the camels back. I think we should start to trim budgets but lets trim the food budgets last if we can please.

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MarkHighwater

Dec-31-13 10:40 PM

BEST YEAR FOR 401ks SINCE 1996(CLINTON ERA)....GOBAMA

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chadk66

Dec-31-13 6:08 PM

cost of doing business? you have to be kidding me. no way in*****you kept a straight face when you typed that. Is that what liberals really think? If that's what they really think then we def. need to change the way we do business.

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Legend

Dec-31-13 4:48 PM

4 the sake of politics, the reds do not want a good economy with Obama. A poor economy is the worst time to cut spending. As long as the wealthy are content--the reds r happy. it will b an interesting political new year with the farm bill likely down to just insurance, min. wage push and possible jobs push.

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chadk66

Dec-31-13 2:05 PM

and Nancy Pelosi thinks we don't have a spending problem LOL. But yes, do away with farm subsidies, no reason for them. It's just more ways for the government to control the people. They can close the bases too as far as I'm concerned. As far as roads go, those are paid for by the people via fuel taxes. And that is one of the few taxes that are optional. don't like them ride your bike or your mule. Or walk.

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takkak

Dec-31-13 1:41 PM

Jack Squat is the new Joe Plumber.

Vote No to J.P. crack

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locomotive

Dec-31-13 1:03 PM

No Tea's cup has only bitter dregs.

It's a (wonderful) liberal life...

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Legend

Dec-31-13 12:01 PM

NT: u could add all insurance is a classic form of socialism. What would life b without it? Good comment.

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takkak

Dec-31-13 11:12 AM

Thanks to the NO Votes, we stayed out of the Wastebook.

The plan is to stay out of it next year as well.

Who is with me and NoTea4Me?

Vote NO to crooks, stay out of Wastebooks

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muleskinner

Dec-31-13 10:23 AM

Forbes magazine published a story on who is more corrupt, Wall Street or Washington.

Senator Tom Coburn's name is found in the article that exposes his hypocrisy and does not help Mr. Coburn's supposed Mr. Do No Wrong stellar reputation. Plays the moral high ground but seems to take advantage of a good thing when it comes to Wall Street, inside information on publicly traded corporations, and his influence on which legislation is passed. If it isn't good for Tom Coburn, then it is a waste and an absurdity. Pure Hogwash, plain and simple.

These politicians of any stripe have only themselves to blame for their duplicitous nature, no one else.

Another politician who needs to be thrown out of Congress on his ear.

Just more waste in Congress, Especially politicians like Mr. Coburn. He is the definition of absurd.

He is bought and paid for.

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JackAaah

Dec-31-13 10:21 AM

Again I am in LowT's camp....if we can just get the Republican farmers to stop taking farm 'welfare', it would put the country in the black again. We all KNOW that our Democrat Party farmers do NOT take any farm welfare. Because they know that is not moving forword....

All except Charles Linderman, an occasional letter writer, but we of the Democrat Party do give him an exemption...

Come Together

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Curly1

Dec-31-13 9:46 AM

Not much for facts in that diatribe.

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Legend

Dec-31-13 9:10 AM

The shipping of oil thru the KXL from Alberta to the gulf is beyond wasteful. One way to minimize incidents like the casselton spill/fire is to refine it as close to the wells as possible. Capitalism can and does put the Gov. to shame when it comes to waste. it is a good system but needs regulation and bears watching.

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JackAaah

Dec-31-13 7:39 AM

I hope my comrade LowT is contacting his Democrat Party politicians to get this 'welfare' funding to ND stopped....I know I am calling my Democrat Party people.

Come Together

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muleskinner

Dec-31-13 4:56 AM

Obama wasted 1 billion dollars on a campaign to be elected. Mitt did the same. It can't get any more absurd than that, but it does.

What's more, millions of Americans wasted their vote to elect Obama. An absurdity that tops them all. The pinnacle, the zenith, the apogee, the culmination of absurd. But wait, there's more.

What's more, a broke Wall Street twisted arms in Congress and were handed 700 billion dollars to waste.

Hard earned taxpayer's money spent in the most absurd waste to date, bailing out Wall Street.

Tom Coburn's wastebook doesn't even touch waste and absurd if he doesn't mention an insolvent financial entity being handed 700 billion dollars and he doesn't mention word one about it. Why? Because he himself voted to bail out the Wall Street banksters. Talk about waste and applying it to absurd, Tom Coburn is right there.

The man is obviously a fraud and a cheat himself and nobody is supposed to know. Beam me up.

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muleskinner

Dec-31-13 4:56 AM

Obama wasted 1 billion dollars on a campaign to be elected. Mitt did the same. It can't get any more absurd than that, but it does.

What's more, millions of Americans wasted their vote to elect Obama. An absurdity that tops them all. The pinnacle, the zenith, the apogee, the culmination of absurd. But wait, there's more.

What's more, a broke Wall Street twisted arms in Congress and were handed 700 billion dollars to waste.

Hard earned taxpayer's money spent in the most absurd waste to date, bailing out Wall Street.

Tom Coburn's wastebook doesn't even touch waste and absurd if he doesn't mention an insolvent financial entity being handed 700 billion dollars and he doesn't mention word one about it. Why? Because he himself voted to bail out the Wall Street banksters. Talk about waste and applying it to absurd, Tom Coburn is right there.

The man is obviously a fraud and a cheat himself and nobody is supposed to know. Beam me up.

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