26 December 2005

Obituary: Senator Proxmire



Sen. Proxmire became a household name for his monthly Golden Fleece Awards, started in 1975, to highlight "the biggest or most ridiculous or most ironic example of government waste." The ceremony, as such, was a speech on the Senate floor.

Prizes went to studies that used public money to explore the effects of alcohol on fish, why prisoners like to escape from jail and the shapeliness of airplane stewardesses.

He gave the Army Corps of Engineers the 1976 award of the year for "the worst record of cost overruns in the entire federal government -- 47 percent of Corps current projects had cost overruns of 100 percent or more."


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