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Each year an Oklahoma senator creates a list of wasteful government spending, according to our news partner Al.com.  It’s called the Wastebook, and the list has 100 entries with some mind-boggling numbers.

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Alabama)
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma)

Alabama isn’t immune to Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn’s list.  Coburn, a medical doctor and a Republican, says wasteful government spending in our state includes:

  • A Central Alabama Veterans Health Care Systems employee allegedly taking a patient to a crack house to purchase drugs and solicit prostitutes.
  • The VA facility is called out again, this time for mismanagement related to patient care, wait lists and top leaders on administrative leave.
  • The Army spent $414,000 on a video game developed at Redstone Arsenal to help recruiting. The game has cost nearly $33 million to develop and update since 2009.
  • A $3.5 million splash pad in Gadsden also makes the list.
  • The Missile Defense Agency, with operations in Huntsville, spent $998 million on defense systems with a 30 percent success rate.

You can read more about the senator’s list here. 

Sen. Coburn plans to retire this year.