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New report finds over $230,000,000 in wasted tax dollars. Here are 5 infuriating examples

The following is an excerpt from Blaze Media’s Capitol Hill Brief email newsletter:

Just in time for some light — and potentially infuriating — long weekend reading, Senator Rand Paul’s latest waste report is out for fall 2019.

In total, this fall edition of the report found over $230,000,000 in wasted American tax dollars, including such public expenditures as:

  • Over $700,000 in funding for a study in London that involves getting zebrafish addicted to nicotine.
  • $84,375 for an original Bob Dylan statue to go at the U.S. embassy in Mozambique.
  • $300,000 for debate and Model United Nations competitions in Afghanistan.
  • $4,658,865 on research studying the relationship between alcohol use and emergency room visits.
  • $22,000,000 spent helping to bring Serbian-made cheese up to international standards.

Meanwhile, America’s national debt just keeps on growing with no apparent end in sight, topping $23 trillion for the first time in history at the beginning of November. And federal spending for the last 2.5 years is 13 percent higher than it was during the same time span under President Obama.

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