A new 154-page report released by Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) flags the “fumble,” calls out the “team,” and suggests a way to “recover” the ball — aka the $247 billion in “wasteful and inefficient federal spending and regulations.”
So, just where did all of our hard-earned tax dollars go this year?
Scroll through the gallery to check out a few of the most ridiculous expenses by the federal government — your head will spin.
1. But What If They Also Said, ‘Bless You’?
People don’t like food that has been sneezed on … but NIH has funded a $2 million multi-year study about how kids “don’t like to eat food that’s been sneezed on.” Revolutionary.
2. Medieval Smells.
You can thank the three federal agencies, National Endowment for Humanities (NEH), National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and Institute of Museum and Library Services, for a combined $495,000 — so you can experience the 85-day exhibition of sights, touch, sounds, smells, and tastes of medieval times.
3. Gas Station Tofu.
The Department of Agriculture (USDA) made a proposition that would require gas stations and convenience stores to sell items like tofu, shrimp, and almond milk if they want to continue accepting food stamps.