The US government has spent millions of dollars on a number of bizarre projects, including grinding ferrets to develop vaccines and building walls in the Middle East, the annual Festivus report by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) reveals .
The Festivus report describes lavish projects on which the government has spent taxpayers’ money. The Kentucky Senator’s Seventh Annual Festivus Report identified $ 52,598,515,585 in government waste that year.
One of the lavish projects on the list this year spent $ 4.5 million on using ferrets to develop experimental drugs and vaccines (italics):
Millions of dollars are spent each year raising animals to use for testing. Since 2010 the American taxpayer has donated Triple F Farms $ 4.5 million for the breeding and transport of ferrets to COVID-19 and influenza vaccine testing laboratories, “says Paul’s report, describing an undercover investigation from 2011 that revealed” video footage of ” Ferrets die in the excrement, are run over by carts, thrown alive into incinerators, hang on wire. “
“The Department of Agriculture (USDA) later confirmed these violations but fined Triple F Farms just under $ 44,000, a slap on the wrist compared to the millions of dollars in taxpayers’ money they received before and after the investigation.” the report went on to say, citing recent USDA reports showing the abuse continues, “citing” Excessive piles of dung, scabs on the skin, empty feed bags and dirty enclosures. “
“If a facility has been repeatedly found to be blatantly abusing ferrets, an animal that many keep as pets, why should the federal government allow them to continue to be used to promote drug development?” Asked the report.
The report also revealed that Congress gave the Department of Defense $ 250 million to build border walls in the Middle East and North Africa – structures that the Democrats at home have long since used as part of their argument against the US-Mexico border wall as racist describe.
According to Paul’s report:
In December 2020, Congress spent $ 250 million on “enhanced border security” in the Middle East and North Africa. Meanwhile, the United States’ immigration system has much to do. While we were busy funding other countries’ immigration systems, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) received a “flood” of new DACA applications in December 2020, which ultimately resulted in a significant backlog of over 81,000 applications, so the Agency .
Another highlight of Paul’s report is the $ 465,339 NIH granted Reed College in Portland, Oregon to “create a token-based economy that teaches pigeons to play slot machines”:
The researchers admitted that this study was focused “On laboratory models instead of practical applications”, However, explain that the results should continue to be used – that is, funded by your taxpayers’ money – to further study human “behavioral economics”. The United States is over $ 28 trillion in debt. Is it worth studying the playing habits of pigeons to add the mountain of debt that future generations will be responsible for?
Paul’s report also found that the U.S. government spent a whopping $ 400 million on tree planting in New York City by Mayor Bill de Blasio (D):
What if we told you you could make some cash to roll up your sleeves and plant a few trees? Now, as part of the New York Restoration Project (NYRP), New York City has donated $ 400 million of its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to the MillionTreesNYC initiative, which helps the city’s Department of Parks and local homeowners trees across the city plant.
1 million trees were planted between 2007 and 2017. The main purpose of the project is to “make New York City more sustainable” and “protect our planet”.
According to Paul, the Nature Conservancy admits: “There is no comprehensive plan or sufficient long-term funding to manage the city’s trees for years to come,” which means that “not a penny will be spent to maintain these trees and” the $ 400 million legacy alive. “
Paul’s entire Festivus report can be found here.