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Rand Paul Exposes $52 Billion in Government Waste

The pandemic of government waste is as bad as ever, if not worse. In fact, as Rand Paul hinted at in a hilarious, Festivus-themed Twitter post, the problem of the government’s proclivity to spend wastefully is a terrible one:

Later, Paul released what he called the “Festivus Report,” a document that details the most egregious examples of government spending over the past year.

This year’s Festivus Report details over $52 billion in wasteful spending, $52,598,515,585 to be exact. Here are the areas of waste he lists:

• Foreign countries use our aircraft for free for 4 years (DOD)..……………….…$773,000,000
• US bought Afghanistan planes that were later thrown away (DOD)…………….$549,000,000
• US-constructed buildings in Afghanistan left sitting unused (DOD) …………$2,400,000,000
• COVID relief grant for NYC to display art projects across the city………………$25,000,000
• Ineligible and duplicate PPP loans (SBA)…………………………………….$4,290,000,000
• Improper CARES Act unemployment insurance payments…………………$36,000,000,000
• Constructing border walls in the Middle East and North Africa (DOD)………..$250,000,000
• Free trips for Korean kids to visit D.C. (USAID)…………………………………… $150,000
• Grinding up ferrets to develop COVID and flu vaccines………………..………..$4,500,000
• Tax Credit incentivizing CA residents to uninstall fireplaces………………….….$2,100,000
• Translating books into the Georgian language (State)…………………………. ……$182,741
• Teaching French people about US culture (State)…………………………………..$200,000
• Giving irrigation systems to Afghan farmers left unused (USAID)…………..… $88,000,000
• Developing a film about dinosaurs to inspire middle schoolers (NSF)………..…. $2,500,000
• Pigeons playing slot machines (NIH)………………………………………………..$465,339
• Telling people to not burn their trash (USAID)………………………..………..$11,300,000
• Funding Green Energy programs in Africa (State)………………………………$179,000,000
• DC Metro paid Lyft to subsidize riders……………………………..……………….$28,005
• Attempting to replace an assault vehicle over 2 decades (DOD)……………. $3,400,000,000
• Funding the Wilson Center to put on parties for Congressmen…………………$14,000,000
• Study verified that hearing bad news decreases happiness levels (NIA)……………$1,300,000
• Planting trees in New York City………………………………………..……….$400,000,000
• Government paid for students who didn’t actually attend those schools……….…$2,100,000
• Kids crave junk food and gain weight if they’re exposed to it (NIDDK)….…………$352,000
• Getting high schoolers excited about being airplane pilots (FAA)…………………$5,000,000
• Fattening eels for human consumption (FDA)……………………….………….…..$337,500
• Social Security overpayments to beneficiaries in Fiscal Year 2019 (SSA)………$4,200,000,000

Notable on that list are the $36 billion dollars wasted on improper unemployment insurance payments, $179 million on green energy programs in Africa, $4.2 billion on Social Security overpayments, $3.4 billion on spending two decades trying to find a new “assault vehicle,” and $88 million on unused irrigation aid in Afghanistan.

But those are just the most examples of world-spanning government waste. Some of the more ridiculous, if less expensive mistakes, are the $200k spent on teaching the Frenchies about American culture, the $14 million on putting on parties for members of Congress, and the $352k on finding out that kids like junk food. Oh, and we figured out how to fatten eels. Awesome.

And while $52 billion might not sound like much in the context of trillion-dollar spending bills, it’s important to remember what all of that money represents.

As Senator Paul explains, the average American pays about $15,322 in taxes. That means that the spending described in the Festivus report represents the wasted taxes of 3,430,636 people.

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Furthermore, that money could have bought useful things, such as nearly a year of keeping the VA open or 13,149 miles of 4-lane highway construction. Instead, it was wasted on ludicrous projects.

By: Gen Z Conservative, editor of GenZConservative.com. Follow me on Parler and Gettr.