Festivus is upon us. Popularized by Seinfeld, it’s the time of year to air grievances—and Sen. Rand Paul has plenty of them from 2020.
The Kentucky Republican’s “Festivus Report” details $54 billion in government waste, which is particularly egregious during a year where Americans have lost so much as a result of coronavirus lockdowns.
What started as a 15-day period to slow the spread of COVID-19 turned into the better part of a year and “while that was happening, Congress spent as never before, doing so ostensibly without a care,” the report states.
The deficit for Fiscal Year 2020 was a staggering $3.1 trillion—yes, some of it was COVID relief, the report notes, “but a lot of it was not.”
“[P]erhaps somebody can explain to me why the Kennedy Center needed $25 million for salaries? Or why Congress reimbursed some agencies for money they had spent in late 2019 and early 2020, before COVID hit, on efforts unrelated to COVID?” Paul wondered. “Maybe, just maybe, cutting agencies blank checks is why the debt skyrocketed from $23 trillion to more than $27 trillion. Spending was about 50% higher than last year, and payments of interest on the public debt remained extremely high at $387 billion.” more here