On Wednesday, Senator Rand Paul released his annual “Festivus” report detailing wasteful government spending.
In “The Festivus Report 2021,” Sen. Paul reveals that he has identified $52,598,515,585 of government waste this year – including an NIH grant for a “study of pigeons gambling on slot machines”:
“This year, I am highlighting a whopping $52,598,515,585 of waste, including a study of pigeons gambling on slot machines, giving kids junk food, and telling citizens of Vietnam not to burn their trash. No matter how much money’s already been wasted, politicians keep demanding even more. But don’t worry, I will continue to fight against government waste.
So, before we get to the Feats of Strength, it’s time for my Airing of (spending) Grievances!”
“So, what does $52,598,515,585 mean for you?” It means the U.S. government wasted the taxes of 3,430,636 people, Sen. Paul says, providing his math:
“If the waste we found is: $52,598,515,585
“And the average taxpayer pays about: ÷ $15,332
“Then Uncle Sam WASTED the taxes of: 3,430,636 people
“That is roughly the population of Los Angeles, California; Chicago, Illinois; or 50.74 times the size of Senator Paul’s hometown of Bowling Green, KY.
“So, the question is:
“Was it your money that was wasted?”