Samantha Chang

may 29, 2021

-The Western Journal


Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky sounded the alarm on the skyrocketing national debt and urged Congress to stop wasting taxpayer money on frivolous boondoggles that do nothing to help Americans.

On Friday, the fiscal conservative slammed both parties on the Senate floor for squandering tax dollars to fund pseudoscientific “research” projects such as “Cocaine and Risky Sex Habits of Quail” and walking lizards on treadmills.

These are actual studies that the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and other federal agencies wasted money on last year.

Paul, a physician, made the remarks to express his opposition to the $110 billion Endless Frontier Act, which its sponsor — Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York — claims would fund research to help the U.S. stay technologically ahead of its foreign rivals such as communist China.

The senator noted that the national debt tops $28 trillion, and that the bill would force the U.S. to borrow more money from China to pay for useless “research,” as America’s supposed aim is to help it maintain a competitive edge over the communist regime.

Getting further in debt to a foreign rival does not help the nation; it weakens it.

“I don’t think this bill makes us stronger. In fact, I think the Chinese sit back … and laugh at America thinking we’re going to be stronger by borrowing more money from China,” Paul said, according to Fox News.

“So I just don’t think it makes us any stronger at all. I think it makes us weaker. It would be one thing if it weren’t being so horribly wasted.”

To illustrate that billions of dollars are being misused, Paul showed poster boards spotlighting the kind of pointless projects the Endless Frontier Act would pay for.

The senator specifically blasted the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, which both get significant funding for frivolous programs every year.

“Nearly half a million dollars to create a climate-change video game,” he tweeted. “This game’s intention? To spread alarmism and irrational fear among school children in a fun and interesting way.”

In another example of wasteful spending, Paul noted that the NSF “siphoned off $700,000” intended for autism research to study whether astronaut Neil Armstrong used the word “a” when he landed on the moon.

Specifically, the NSF wanted to know if Armstrong had said, “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” or “One small step for ‘a’ man” during his 1969 moon landing.

In a farcical anti-climax, the study concluded: We just don’t know.

Paul said most Americans would be disgusted if they knew their government was wasting billions of their tax dollars every year on these nonsensical programs.