US Taxpayers Paid $115 Million to Study Quails on Cocaine, Daydreaming…
Waste, Fraud and Abuse! The worst part of the United States government’s abuse of power! When will they get it that it is the people’s money, not theirs.
Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-KY) annual “Festivus Report” reveals that about $115 million from American taxpayers funded a slew of government projects, including $2.4 million to study daydreaming.
How do we stop the madness?
American taxpayers this year have also been forced to subsidize: (You will not believe this!)
$76 million to provide stipends to Somali National Army
$18 million to promote tourism in Egypt
$2.4 million to study daydreaming
$1 million to support “legislative priorities” in Libya
$875,000 to study the sexual habits of quails on cocaine
$635,000 to develop a Pashto-language TV drama series for Afghanistan
$400,000 to support asset seizure programs in Paraguay
$360,000 to study horse and donkey hunting on the ancient Anatolian Peninsula
$250,000 to teach Rwandan special interest groups how to lobby elected officials
$75,000 to make videos marketing U.S. colleges to Indian students
$75,000 to blow leaf blowers at lizards
$35,000 to encourage people in the Republic of the Congo to use local resources
$50,000 to create conceptualized games in India
$15,000 to fund a fictionalized opera about Prince Harry, called “Stone Prince”
$50,000 to teach female entrepreneurs in India how to “vlog”
$50,000 to fund museum trips in Bosnia & Herzegovina
So-called “pork barrel politics” has been present in the United States’ legislative and, to a lesser degree, executive branches since the 1800s.
The term refers to the practice of politicians trading favors granted to constituents or special interest groups in exchange for political support. Examples of wasteful government spending are found each year in the budgets proposed by Congress.
Throughout history, the items congress chose to spend money from taxpayers on have ranged from the bizarre to the foolish.
In 1981, $6,000 was spent on a report that detailed how to purchase Worcestershire sauce. The report was said to have been for federal food buyers and suppliers.
In 2004, The Potosi Brewery Complex restoration project received a $449,574 grant to create a beer museum.
The ‘Bridge to Nowhere’ in Alaska, would’ve cost $190 million. The project was so controversial it was eventually scrapped by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in 2007.
One of the most horrific examples of pork barrel politics is found in the project nicknamed the “Big Dig” in Boston. A 3.5 mile section of highway was relocated underground. Congress directed federal funds to the local project. It began in 1982 and was completed in 2007. The project cost nearly $15 billion — a cost significantly higher than the original budget of almost $3 billion. Every year it just gets further and further out of hand!
But $875,000 to study the sexual habits of quails on cocaine? $250,000 to teach Rwandan special interest groups how to lobby elected officials? $2.4 million to study daydreaming? It has sincerely gone too far!
Sen. Paul’s office estimates that the $115 million in government waste this year is equivalent to the federal government wasting all the tax dollars of more than 14,000 Americans.
I have always said, the states need to collect all taxes, and then give the federal government a check, based on what they need. They waste money, the states cut off the funds!
Something has to be done. I am not sure what the solution is, but voting these imbeciles out does not seem to work!