Wednesday, December 28, 2016

TAXPAYER DOLLARS: 9 Horrific Examples Of Gov’t Waste In 2016, Starting With Feminine Glacier Studies

When President-elect Donald Trump takes office Jan. 20, he will have plenty of targets for cutting wasteful government spending — like the $400,000 taxpayers spent studying glaciers through the lens of feminism.
Americans believe the federal government wastes 51 cents on the dollar, and while the federal government has no concrete estimate on total waste, The Daily Caller News Foundation reported some eye-popping examples of it throughout 2016. From spending $400,000 studying gender approaches to glaciers to paying for IRS employees to live at high-end hotels, here are the most outrageous expenses of 2016.
1. $412,000 for a study on a feminine approach to glaciology
The National Science Foundation (NSF) spent $412,000 for a paper encouraging a feminist approach to glaciology, the study of glaciers, according to a report earlier this year from Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Lankford.
“Merging feminist postcolonial science studies and feminist political ecology, the feminist glaciology framework generates robust analysis of gender, power, and epistemologies in dynamic social-ecological systems, thereby leading to more just and equitable science and human-ice interactions,” the paper said.
2. $20 million on enough cheddar cheese for 67 million grilled cheese sandwiches
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) this year bought $20 million worth of cheddar cheese – or 12.5 million pounds — to reduce a cheese surplus and help out American dairy farmers.
Put another way, the USDA bought enough cheese to make 66.7 million grilled cheese sandwiches, assuming three one-ounce slices per sandwich with cheddar at $1.60 a pound. Members of Congress and dairy groups encouraged the USDA to make the massive cheese purchase.
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