This edition of Waste of the Week is called GOBBLE GOBBLE.
As in government white coats ‘gobbling’ up taxpayer dollars for wasteful, silly projects.
Have you ever laid awake at night, wondering how fast turkeys walk? And whether domestic turkeys walk faster than wild turkeys?
We sure haven’t.
The government, however, has studied this very serious, very important, not-at-all-irrelevant question for years — and it’s been spending YOUR money hand over fist in an effort to get to the bottom of it.
A 2018 study received four different grants, totaling $1.7 million, from two government agencies, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). To answer this burning question, taxpayer-funded white coats put turkeys on treadmills.
What makes this even more hilarious is that this wasn’t the government’s first taxpayer-funded turkey trot. This issue has been studied for almost a decade!
We have to ask:
With so many pressing issues facing America and the world, is this the best way to spend taxpayer dollars?
We definitely don’t think so.
Thanks to Senator Joni Ernst for exposing this waste!
(Just so we don’t leave you in suspense: turkeys run at 6 miles per hour; domestic turkeys are fatter than wild turkeys, so they run slower).
Was that fact worth millions of dollars?
We didn’t think so, either.
Tell Congress to pass the Cost Openness and Spending Transparency Act — the COST Act! This important bill would put a public price tag on all taxpayer-funded projects, and withhold your money when those taking the cash don’t comply.