While Americans prepare for the holidays, one senator is reminding everyone about just how much the federal government has wasted in 2019.
Senator Rand Paul is known for his Seinfeld-themed “airing of grievances” right before Christmas every year, and 2019 was no exception. Paul is the chairman of a subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight, and in this year’s “Waste Report,” he argued that the federal government wasted a grand total of more than $50.4 Billion in just one year. He noted that “if taxpayers pay around $8,200 in federal taxes, then that means Uncle Sam WASTED the taxes of 6.1 million Americans.”
The House and Senate recently passed a $1.4 Trillion spending bill, and when it comes to massive spending bills like that one, there are a number of programs hidden inside that get very little attention.
Senator Paul’s report found that when it comes to government waste, it involves just about anything you can think of, and there are some truly bizarre programs that receive funding from the US government.
For example, in 2019, the government spent nearly $467,000 studying frog mating calls in Panama. $1.2 million studying the habits of online dating app users. And $2 million improving the quality of TV in Moldova.
The amount of money wasted only continues to grow from there, and it raises questions about the competence of the federal government as a whole.
While there is little trust in the government here in the United States, that didn’t stop it from spending $2 million attempting to increase trust between political parties and citizens in Tunisia. And while there is debate over a new “Green deal” here in the US, Peru already has one, and it receives more than $10 million in US funding.
When it comes to education in the US, we are seeing a lack of resources for students, underpaid teachers, and record-breaking student loan debt. But for other countries…
The US government spent $15.8 million sending international students to college for free; $16 million improving the quality of schooling in Egypt; and nearly $34 million buying textbooks for students in Afghanistan.
It looks to be “business as usual” going into 2020, especially with the latest spending bill passed that lawmakers have said they were given less than 24 hours to read.
And this is nothing new. When it came to next year’s National Defense Authorization Act, Congressman Thomas Massie noted that they were given 19 hours to read nearly 3,500 pages before it is expected to vote on it.
So it’s no surprise that most Americans aren’t aware of exactly where their tax dollars go, but it is a reminder that if they don’t like it, they should talk to their elected representatives who votes in favor of it.