Saying the United States government wastes money is like saying Anthony Fauci flip-flops on policies. Both are undeniable and the only question we need to ask is how we stop them from happening.
Senator Rand Paul released his annual report of government waste, unironically known as his “Festivus Report.” It details the many, many, MANY ways our government takes our tax dollars and flushes them down the toilet. Here’s the report. Here are some highlights:
— Stephanie Myers (@_StephanieMyers) December 23, 2021
“Festivus” is a fictional holiday created in episodes of “Seinfeld” to commemorate December 23 as a “Festivus for the Rest of Us.” Paul has turned it into a way to mock our government’s insane spending and unwillingness to police itself over ludicrous waste of money earned by United States citizens.
According to Newsmax:
For COVID, Paul detailed that $4.29 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program went to people who did not qualify, $36 billion in unemployment was “paid improperly, with a significant portion attributable to fraud,” and $4.5 million was spent on “grinding up ferrets to develop COVID and flu vaccines.”
Additionally, the report details that $465,339 was issued as a grant to study pigeons’ gambling habits with the hope to understand human gambling habits better, $11.3 million went to instructing “the people of Vietnam to stop burning their trash,” and $361,001 was issued as a grant to see if letting kids eat junk food makes them want to eat more.
“No matter how much money’s already been wasted, politicians keep demanding even more,” the report stated.
Headline USA noted some other revelations from the report:
“Due to the lack of data,” said the Festivus report, “there is no way of verifying how many millions of dollars were lost. The best estimate we have is $773 million,” based on contract awards.
The report pegs miscellaneous waste at $8.5 billion, including $250 million on border walls “in Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Tunisia, and Oman.”
Other notable items include $4.5 million on breeding ferrets for animal testing and $11.3 million on the prevention of trash burning in Vietnam, which as Paul noted, really isn’t an air quality problem in Vietnam.
“But it turns out the bulk of the areas in Vietnam with unhealthy air quality are in the northern part of the country,” said the report, “where wind currents blow polluted air south from China, and east from Thailand.”
The price tag, by the way, for pigeons gambling on slot machines: $465,339
While the report is intended as an insult to the stupidity of our government, it’s really a testament to how little the American people pay attention to how their money is spent.
Will 2022 Be the End of America-First News Outlets?
Things are looking grim for conservative and population news sites.
There’s something happening behind the scenes at several popular conservative news outlets. 2021 was bad, but 2022 is proving to be disastrous for news sites that aren’t “playing ball” with the corporate media narrative. It’s being said that advertisers are cracking down, forcing some of the biggest ad networks like Google and Yahoo to pull their inventory from sites like ours. But that narrative isn’t entirely true. It’s not the advertisers themselves who are complaining for the most part. It’s the ad networks who are “woke” and authoritarian that are actually taking down the ads.
Certain topics are anathema for the ad networks. Speaking out against vaccines or vaccine mandates is a certain path to being demonetized. Highlighting voter fraud in the 2020 and future elections is another instant advertising death penalty. Throw in truthful stories about climate change hysteria, Critical Race Theory, and the border crisis and it’s easy to understand how difficult it is for America-First news outlets to spread the facts, share conservative opinions, and still pay the bills.
Without naming names, I have been told of several news outlets who have been forced to either consolidate with larger organizations or who have backed down on covering certain topics out of fear of being “canceled” by the ad networks. I get it. This is a business for many of us and it’s not very profitable. Those of us who do this for a living are often barely squeaking by, so loss of additional revenue can often mean being forced to make cuts. That means not being able to cover the topics properly. Its a Catch-22: Tell the truth and lose the money necessary to keep telling the truth, or avoid the truth and make enough money to survive. Those who have chosen survival simply aren’t able to spread the truth properly.
We will never avoid the truth. The Lord will provide if it is His will. Our job is simply to share the facts, spread the Gospel, and educate as many Americans as possible while exposing the forces of evil.
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