Taxpayers Pay Half Million Dollars for Study of Mudskippers on Treadmill & More

Over the years, many politicians have attached riders or amendments to totally unrelated bills in order to fund pet projects for special constituents. Then you also have the National Science Foundation who uses taxpayer money to fund useless studies.

In the past, I’ve written about some of these ridiculous studies that were nothing but a waste of taxpayer money along with other means of wasteful spending by our believed out-of-control federal government. Sadly, both Democrats and Republicans are just as guilty about out-of-control and wasteful spending.

Under the leadership of Barack Obama, the White House spent $227,000 a year for calligraphers when a computer can do it just as well and a whole lot cheaper.  The White House was also paying someone over $100,000 a year to walk the presidential pooch. Talk about a cushy job.

Let’s not forget the over $100 million the Obama’s have spent of taxpayer money for their many vacations. Vice President Joe Biden cost US taxpayers $585,000 for a one-night stay at Paris luxury hotel.

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In 2014, I reported:

Over the past couple of years, I’ve shared a number of stories on how our federal government wastes taxpayer dollars. We’ve heard about the government spending our taxpayer dollars to study things like:

  • $15.3 million for one of the infamous Bridges to Nowhere in Alaska.

  • $113,227 for video game preservation center in New York.

  • $550,000 for a documentary about how rock music contributed to the collapse of the Soviet Union.

  • $48,700 for 2nd annual Hawaii Chocolate Festival, to promote Hawaii’s chocolate industry.

  • $350,000 to support an International Art Exhibition in Venice, Italy.

  • $10 million for a remake of “Sesame Street” for Pakistan.

  • $35 million allocated for political party conventions in 2012.

  • $765,828 to subsidize “pancakes for yuppies” in the nation’s capital.

  • $764,825 to study how college students use mobile devices for social networking.

  • $876,752 spent to study snail sex.

  • $585,000 for one stay in Paris hotel for Vice President Joe Biden.

  • And many many many Obama vacations which includes Michelle’s mom.

Now I’d like to add a new study by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). They are spending $194,788 to study how transgender women (is that an oxymoron?) use Facebook and that use affects their chances of getting HIV.

One of my favorite examples of wasteful government spending was $384,949 used to fund a study of duck penises. the National Science Foundation used $384,949 of taxpayer money to fund a Yale University grant for this study. The grant, which was actually made under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Stimulus), is for a project titled:

“Sexual Conflict, Social Behavior and the Evolution of Waterfowl Genitalia.”

The description of the grant read:

“The project examines how reproductive morphology covaries with season, age, and social environment in a diverse sample of duck species that differ in ecology, territoriality and breeding system.”

I his latest book, Wastebook 2016, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), the wasteful spending ways of Congress are far from over. He lists expenditures including $3 million to fund a study to determine if the theme music from Jaws has played a role in giving sharks a bad reputation. OneNewsNow reported:

“Following are several examples from among the 50 described in Flake’s report:

  • $150,000 to see if engineers could build an earthquake-proof gingerbread house
  • $1.1 million to figure out how the world’s religions would respond to the discovery of life on other planets
  • $1.7 million to bring back long-dead comedians – via hologram
  • $2.4 million to discover how to get more ‘likes’ and ‘followers’ on social media
  • $3.5 million to discover that ‘fear of pain’ is a critical reason that many Americans don’t like to go see their dentist

“One of Senator Flake’s favorites: half a million dollars to see how long it takes the mudskipper fish to recover from marathon sessions on a treadmill. In ‘Wastebook,’ he describes that particular study as ‘the fishiest … of them all.’”

“‘We had monkeys on a treadmill last year; we’ve had shrimp on a treadmill before; and obviously some people want to know what happens when these fish get on a treadmill,’ he states. ‘But don’t we have better things to spend money on? I think [that’s] the question that most Americans have.’”

Imagine if these millions of dollars went to things like building new or replacing old bridges and roads. How many jobs would these projects create? How many other jobs here in the US could be created with the same money wasted on studying mudskippers on treadmills.

What if those millions of dollars were not spent at all and used to help bring down our national debt? It may only be a drop in the big bucket of national debt, but every bucket is filled with many drops and it has to start somewhere.

We taxpayers need to demand that our lawmakers stop this kind of needless and wasteful spending. It’s our money and they need to start being held accountable for how it’s spent!

Dave Jolly

R.L. David Jolly holds a B.S. in Wildlife Biology and an M.S. in Biology – Population Genetics. He has worked in a number of fields, giving him a broad perspective on life, business, economics and politics. He is a very conservative Christian, husband, father and grandfather who cares deeply for his Savior, family and the future of our troubled nation.

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