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Wasteful Government Spending: "The Book Washington Doesn't Want You to Read"

Wasteful government spending

Unfortunately, wasteful government spending never goes out of style. All the proof you need is right there in the latest "Wastebook" from Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla.

This year's edition - Coburn's fifth and sadly his last as he plans to retire at the end of the current Congressional session - contains $25 billion in wasteful government spending.

Here are 14 mind-boggling examples of misused taxpayer dollars from the 2014 Wastebook...

Why Chimps Throw Poop… And 17 Other Examples of Government Waste

Never mind the $15 trillion national debt; the government blew $592,000 on a study last year to figure out why chimpanzees throw poop.

That's just one example of government waste described in a recent book by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-OK. His "Wastebook 2011" features 100 examples of needless or ill-advised government spending.

It adds up to $6.9 billion that America can't afford. And while such waste is just a fraction of the federal government's $3.8 trillion budget, a country that needs to borrow 36 cents of every dollar it spends should not be throwing money away on non-essential research.

Like why chimps throw poop.

Here are 17 other things the government wasted tax dollars on last year:

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