Recap: How The Government Wasted Your Money in 2020

Recap: How The Government Wasted Your Money in 2020

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Jan 16, 2021

American citizens are taxed for their hard work, but where does that money go? You’d be surprised.

Jan 16, 2021

Health Care

3.5bil

Waited for years on delinquent undelivered orders(VA)

36.8mil

Asks why stress makes hair turn grey (NIH)

3.7mil

Helps justify the FDA’s Deeming Rule(NIH)

2mil

Tested if hot tubbing can lower stress(NIH)

1.3mil

Studied if you’ll eat ground-up bugs (NIH&NIFA)

968k

Develops a master’s degree in research ethics in Myanmar (NIH)

217mil

Gave federal employees duplicative Medicare customer service access(RRB)

31mil

Funded an allegedly faked study linking e-cigarettes to heart attacks (NIH)

3.4mil

Sent messages to moms to stop their teenage girls from indoor tanning(NIH)

1.5mil

Studied the prevalence of party drug use at NYC clubs and raves(NIH)

1.2mil

Tried to get adults to stop watching so much TV (NIH)

896k

Gives cigarettes to adolescent kids (NIH) .

57mil

Appropriated millions to the Urban Indian Health Programs (Congress)

6.9mil

Used cancer research money to create a “smart toilet” (NIH)

3.1mil

Interviewed San Franciscans about their edible cannabis use (NIH)

1.4mil

Tries to get Eastern Mediterranean youth to stop smoking hookah (NIH)

1mil

Tries to help people get over their fears of going to the dentist (NIH)

787k

Studied the effect of sleepiness on diet ,physical activity, and obesityinkids(NIH)

Foreign Aid

8.6bil

Spent billions in Afghanistan on counter-narcotics efforts

10mil

Spends 5 years monitoring elections in Zimbabwe (USAID)

800k

Supports Sri Lankan think tanks.

150k

Funds classes for Kenyan artists and performers(State)

25k

Teaches English to rural unemployed Romanians (State)

48mil

Helps disconnected Tunisian youth not feel like a problem (USAID)

3.3mil

Sends Russians to American community colleges for a “gap-year”(State)

700k

Subsidizes Tunisian Chambers of Commerce(State)

75k

Planned Olympic-themed events in Singapore

37.5mil

Spends millions to help deal with truant Filipino youth (USAID)

2mil

Seeks to start a venture capital fund for bad investments (USAID)

200k

Sets up book clubs for Pakistani and Afghan kids (State)

30k

Put on theatrical plays in Mumbai (State)

Environment, Energy, Science

129mil

Bought public transit buses for localities(FTA)

1.6mil

Walked lizards on a treadmill (NSF)

260k

Studies how food options change when a neighborhood is revitalized(NSF)

58k

Hired “interns” to do busy work (NPS)

13mil

Funds the Boating Infrastructure Grant Program(FWS)

1.3bil

Subsidizes an insect ranching company’s R&D efforts(NSF)

200k

Studied how New Yorkers abided by New York City COVID lockdowns (NSF)

2mil

Develops a wearable headset to track eating behavior (NSF)

487k

Taught students in Washington about disputed climate science (NSF)

200k

Studied how people cooperate while playing e-sport video games (NSF)

Military

23bil

Spent decades trying unsuccessfully to replace the Bradley(DOD)

174mil

Lost drones over Afghanistan (DOD)

4.5mil

Built unsafe infrastructure in Afghanistan (Army Corps of Engineers)

1bil

Repurposed COVID response funds for unrelated acquisitions(DOD)

110mil

Bungled building a drone base in Niger (USAFRICOM and USAF)

3.1mil

Built a police complex lacking power that is not used (Army Corps of Engineers)

715mil

Lost equipment designated for Syrians fighting ISIS (DOD)

35mil

Spent millions on STARBASE (DOD)

Miscellaneous

16.5bil

Allowed States to take advantage of TANF rules (Congress)

19.9mil

Rebuilt a taxi way for airplanes on Nantucket Island (FAA)

4.5mil

Sprayed alcoholic rats with bobcat urine (NIH and VA)

182mil

Overspent on pre-fabhousing and water pumps in Texas (FEMA)

10.5mil

Bought COVID test tubes but received unusable soda bottles (FEMA)

2.8mil

Prepared bugs for you to eat (NSF and DARPA)

53.9mil

Bought vehicles for State and local law enforcement agencies(USMS)

5.9mil

Built 3 bicycle storage facilities at D.C. Metro stations (Metro)

Taxpayer Dollars Wasted:

$54,746,524,505.37

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