Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) has released his seventh annual Festivus Report, aimed at highlighting wasteful government spending, with over $50 billion included in this year’s data.
Report on Government Spending highlighted government spending of more than $52 trillion “waste,”Broken down by spending topics, such as Covid and Afghanistan or miscellaneous.
Paul’s reports are known for highlighting odd research efforts that receive federal funding, and this year was no different. This is the most recent list. “grievances”The Libertarian-leaning Republican awarded nearly $500,000 to Reed College Portland, Oregon. “create a token-based economy where pigeons are taught to gamble with slot machines.”
Giant Screen Films was awarded a grant of more than $2 million. “reach millions of theatrical viewers across the US”Works promoting paleontology or other sciences. The result was a documentary and an educational miniseries. A museum exhibit also emerged from the expenditure. “inspire” young students. According to the report, admission to the museum is not free.
Additional spending highlights include $250 Million “build border walls in the Middle East and North Africa,”As well as $179 Million “fund green energy programs in Africa.”
“It seems like just yesterday the national debt was $20 trillion, but now the US has managed to breeze past $28 trillion,”Paul blasted government restrictions in the wake of Covid-19’s pandemic like mask mandates and lockdowns.
Paul referred to spending as over $4 billion in Covid spending. “bad loans out of the Paycheck Protection Program”And $36 Billion on “unemployment insurance payments”As if it were a waste.
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