Empower Wisconsin | Dec. 28, 2020
By Mairead McArdle, National Review
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul last week released his annual report outlining billions of dollars in “truly outlandish” government waste.
“Remember this the next time they tell you there’s ‘nothing to cut,’” the Kentucky Republican wrote Wednesday in a Twitter thread highlighting parts of the report.
Among Paul’s instances of waste were several health studies, including more than $36 million spent on studying why stress makes hair turn gray, more than $1 million spent studying whether people will eat ground-up bugs, and more than $3 million spent interviewing San Franciscans about their edible cannabis use.
As far as taxpayer dollars spent aiding other countries, $8.62 billion was spent in Afghanistan on counternarcotics efforts, more than $37 million was spent helping deal with truant Filipino youth, and more than $3 million was spent on sending Russians to American community colleges for a “gap year.”
Among funds spent on the environment, energy, and scientific research, more than $1 million was spent walking lizards on a treadmill, nearly $200,000 was spent studying how people cooperate while playing e-sport video games, and more than $2 million on developing a wearable headset to track eating behaviors.
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