A little while back, we discussed Dennis Rehberg wasting taxpayer money by abusing his franking privileges. This week Oklahoma Republican Senator Tom Coburn released his “Wastebook 2010,” which reveals what he deems to be wasteful government programs. Rehberg should take a look at item number 83 on page 53 in which Senator Coburn writes:
Postcards from members of Congress may not be so fun – especially if you are the one paying for it.
Indeed. Coburn continues:
This is certainly not a priority in a time of budget shortfalls.
Rehberg tries to position himself as a champion for eliminating waste in government. But here he is protecting his precious campaign war chest by having taxpayers fund his early campaign lit. Besides, if Rehberg were such a champion for eliminating waste in government, what about the billions we’ve been wasting in Iraq? There’s where the real spending is going.
Congressman Rehberg can’t be working very hard at fighting government waste, as he claims, when he is contributing to it so mightily by funding his campaign for higher ambitions like U.S. Senate or Governor with taxpayer dollars. He should come clean today, give us a clear accounting of what these mailings really cost us and repay the amount to the U.S. Treasury.