Senator Slams Spending on Silent Shakespeare, ‘Federal’

By Gabrielle Levy for US News and World Report, 30 November 2015

A U.S. senator is pointing to a $375,000 study examining the dating habits of senior citizens and a $683,600 National Endowment of the Arts program that included silent performances of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” as among the most egregious examples of wasteful government spending this year.

Sen. James Lankford on Monday issued a report that takes a whack at expenses and regulations that range from amusing programs and research to genuine redundancies and inefficiencies. Long produced by retired Sen. Tom Coburn and called the “Wastebook,” Lankford’s football-themed report is titled “Federal Fumbles” and outlines what the Oklahoma Republican says are “100 ways the government dropped the ball.”

“Our national debt is careening toward $19 trillion (yes, that is a 19 followed by 12 zeros), and federal regulations are expanding at a record pace,” Lankford wrote in the document’s introduction.

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