The University of Kentucky received a grant of $181,406 in 2010 from the National Institute of Health to study how cocaine enhances the sex drive of Japanese quail. An almost equal amount was granted in 2011.
Senator Coburn lists 100 examples of wasteful governmental spending in this year’s edition, and it offers a frightening and somewhat surreal look into the spending habits of the United States government. Just a few examples directly from “Wastebook- 2011” include the following:
The IRS approved roughly $1 billion in tax credits intended for energy recipients which included prisoners and children, some probably not even old enough to own a doll house. (At least the doll house replacement windows would be small.)
While Congress bickered over whether or not the salaries of federal employees should be frozen, the federal government paid $120 million to federal employees who were deceased. The federal government sent an average of $120 million in retirement and disability payments to deceased former federal employees every year for at least the past five years. (This just proves perhaps you really can take it with you.)
The bridges to nowhere in Alaska may be the most infamous symbols of government excess and waste. Both bridges are still going nowhere and may never go anywhere. However, the bigger of the two bridge projects cost taxpayers more than $15 million in 2011, even though it may never be constructed. (Rumor has it that Sarah Palin can see Russia from the top of the bridge.)
Taxpayers might be shocked to learn that each year the United States provides millions in aid to China. In 2011, the U.S. government spent nearly $18 million on foreign aid programs to its biggest sovereign lender. This included $2.5 million for social services and about $4.4 million for programs to improve China’s environment. (Something is truly wrong with this picture!)
“Yule” be happy to know that $75,000 of your tax dollars went to increase awareness about the role Michigan plays in the production of trees and poinsettias. (O tannenbaum, O tannenbaum)
Study Looks for Connections Between Cocaine and Risky Sex Habits of Quail. The University of Kentucky received a grant of $181,406 in 2010 from the National Institute of Health to study how cocaine enhances the sex drive of Japanese quail. (There is absolutely nothing worse than a cocaine addled, oversexed quail.)