‘Just Scratching The Surface’: Rand Paul Finds U.S. Govt Spends $50 Billion On Pakistani Film Industry, Frog Mating, Etc.

Republican Senator Rand Paul has made a career of trying to hold the federal government accountable for a blatant waste of taxpayer funds and recently shared a new report where he detailed billions of dollars of taxpayer dollars wasted on overseas projects or needless scientific research.

“Frog mating calls? Green growth? Abandoned hospitals? My latest waste report is out!” he said in a tweet with a link to his government website.

The link includes a lengthy list of government spending totaling over $50 billion dollars.

The website reads:

Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), chairman of the Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management (FSO) Subcommittee for the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC), continued his efforts to reform the big-spending status quo with the release of a Summer 2019 edition of The Waste Report.

Reason.com adds:

American taxpayer money helped boost political parties in Tunisia and subsidize films made in Pakistan—because “nation building” might have fallen off the front pages, but it remains part of the federal budget.

Both are highlighted in a report published last week by Sen. Rand Paul’s (R–Ky.) office. The summer 2019 edition of Paul’s ongoing “Waste Book” project includes more than $50 billion in wasteful government spending, including not only nation-building exercises in the Middle East, but also studies of frog mating calls, building “green” infrastructure in Peru, and improper payments made by federal entitlement programs.

In Tunisia, the State Department spent $2 million to “strengthen democratic institutions and processes,” apparently as part of an effort to increase trust between the Tunisian people and their nascent democratic system. Paul’s office points out that the State Department has spent more than $1.4 billion trying to shore up Tunisian democracy since the 2011 uprising that deposed Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who had ruled as a dictator since 1987.

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In an op-ed with the Washington Examiner, conservative freelance writer Brad Polumbo  responded to the report, writing: “Next time you cut a check to the IRS on tax day, remember that some of your money is going to obscure foreign projects that in no way advance American interests.”

Each year around Christmas time, Paul takes to Twitter to air a list of grievances—a list of complaints he has with the federal government which usually details its excessive and needless overspending.

Below is some of Paul’s 2018 list.

“I’m going to start out with a grievance against the entire foreign policy establishment of Washington DC, who 2 years ago were swearing that Donald Trump was going to start multiple nuclear wars or something,” the senator started.

“Now they are mad because he is STOPPING two wars,” Paul said. “How about you just admit you hate the President, love war and have been wrong for the last 20 years on every part of foreign policy?”

“One of the things I hate most about Washington is that they have literally NO IDEA how to spend your money,” Paul said.

“That’s why I do waste reports, and do a FESTIVUS WASTE REPORT with some of the worst offenders of the year. Here are some of the worst in waste,” he added.

Check it out:

Paul’s thread includes another 23 more tweets, read those: Rand Paul’s List of Grievances.