Politicians spend billions of dollars every year – but do they need to? How much of that money is wasted? One senator from Kentucky has had enough of the waste of tax dollars, writing a yearly report about how much money the government wastes.
The Festivus Report: A Primer
Since 2014, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has released the Festivus Report. It is a yearly study of how the government spends tax dollars. The report shows just how pointless some of the spending can be in Washington.
Festivus – The 2020 Edition
He wrote about $54 billion in tax dollars that were “totally wasted” in 2020. What were some of the examples? Here is a short list:
- $1.5 million to examine lizards walking on treadmills.
- $4.5 million to spray rats with bobcat pee.
- $36 million to turn mice’s hair gray.
- $2 million to find out if a hot tub can reduce stress.
- $2.8 million to prepare bugs for you to eat.
A History of Waste
Here are some examples from the last six years:
- 2019: $2 million to improve television in Moldova.
- 2018: $650,000 to make a television series for Afghanistan.
- 2017: $1.5 million to study how to make tomatoes taste better.
- 2015: $450,000 to create a climate change video game.
It can be funny to see the stuff the government spends money on, but that money could be put to better use – or the government could collect less tax from the people.
What will the government spend money on next year?