It is that time of the year again when Republican Senator Rand Paul releases his annual list of grievances he has with the federal government.
For those who do not know, the list consists of general complaints along with specific examples of excessive—often ludicrous—government spending.
This year’s list includes the federal government spending $10 million on a Peruvian Green New Deal, spending $20 million teaching Laotians their own language, and spending $22 million to help Serbia follow the cheese standards of the International Organization for Standardization.
All the while the federal government is more than $23 trillion in debt.
“I’ve got a lot of problems with you people and now you’re gonna hear about them” pic.twitter.com/jFEmylNnLj
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) December 22, 2019
Paul took to Twitter to tease the list, saying: “Highlights include: building up Tunisia’s political system and the Pakistani film industry; funding research that involves hooking Zebrafish on nicotine and much, much more!”
“It’s that time of year again. The #Festivus 2019 report is here!” the Republican senator added.
It’s that time of year again. The #Festivus 2019 report is here! Read more: https://t.co/CVPEbdIIvn Highlights include: building up Tunisia’s political system and the Pakistani film industry; funding research that involves hooking Zebrafish on nicotine and much, much more! pic.twitter.com/jLwmHG7j9w
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) December 19, 2019
Paul continued: “Happy Festivus! Another year gone already. It seems like just yesterday I was sounding the alarm over a $20 trillion debt, and now the U.S. has pushed past $23 trillion!”
“The more things changed in 2019, the more they stayed the same,” Paul continued in the report. “Hollywood continued going back to tried and true classics, releasing hits like ‘The Lion King’ and ‘Aladdin.’ And the federal government clung to old ideas such as failing to fund the government on time and spending even more taxpayer dollars.”
According to Paul, the government waste highlighted on his list tops more than $50 billion.
“I am highlighting a whopping $50,463,462,292.35 of waste, including a study of Panamanian frog mating calls, sending low-quality textbooks to Afghan students, and a grant to fund a Peruvian Green New Deal. It must need exporting after the Senate unanimously opposed it! So, before we get to the Feats of Strength, it’s time for my Airing of (spending) Grievances! ” he wrote.
Here’s more, from the Washington Examiner:
The State Department alone is responsible for alarming levels of waste. According to Paul’s report, the agency spent $16 million in taxpayer dollars sending international students from Indonesia, South Africa, India, Brazil, and elsewhere to college for free. That’s right: While American students and graduates struggle with high tuition and student loans, Uncle Sam is spending your tax money to send international students to our schools for free.
The State Department also spent $2 million boosting trust among the citizenry … in Tunisia! It also spent $300,000 funding Model United Nations competitions. Of course, it might sound reasonable that the federal government would want our students to participate in a worthwhile extracurricular activity. But the competitions were in Afghanistan.
Here’s more from the Western Journal:
“USAID is committing ‘up to’ 10 million American taxpayer dollars ‘to develop new and innovative alliances with the private sector that advance environmentally-friendly economic development (i.e. green growth) in Peru.’ They add, ‘The envisioned activities will facilitate private sector financing and investment in value chains that lead to improved management of natural resources and a reduction of GHG [greenhouse gas] emissions,’” Paul wrote.
“It wasn’t enough for the federal government to waste taxpayer funds on boondoggles such as Solyndra. Now it wants to go abroad and do the same!” he wrote, referring to a failed energy company startup that cost taxpayers more than $500 million under the Obama administration.
Paul noted that the National Science Foundation awarded $466,991 to study frog mating calls in Panama.
“In a look at the effects of urbanization, the study examined the differences between the mating call in the city and in the forest, including its likelihood of attracting midges and bats in each of those environments,” he wrote.