Saying the United States government wastes money is like saying Anthony Fauci flip-flops on policies. Both are undeniable and the only question we need to ask is how we stop them from happening.

Senator Rand Paul released his annual report of government waste, unironically known as his “Festivus Report.” It details the many, many, MANY ways our government takes our tax dollars and flushes them down the toilet. Here’s the report. Here are some highlights:

“Festivus” is a fictional holiday created in episodes of “Seinfeld” to commemorate December 23 as a “Festivus for the Rest of Us.” Paul has turned it into a way to mock our government’s insane spending and unwillingness to police itself over ludicrous waste of money earned by United States citizens.

According to Newsmax:

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For COVID, Paul detailed that $4.29 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program went to people who did not qualify, $36 billion in unemployment was “paid improperly, with a significant portion attributable to fraud,” and $4.5 million was spent on “grinding up ferrets to develop COVID and flu vaccines.”

Additionally, the report details that $465,339 was issued as a grant to study pigeons’ gambling habits with the hope to understand human gambling habits better, $11.3 million went to instructing “the people of Vietnam to stop burning their trash,” and $361,001 was issued as a grant to see if letting kids eat junk food makes them want to eat more.

“No matter how much money’s already been wasted, politicians keep demanding even more,” the report stated.

Headline USA noted some other revelations from the report:

“Due to the lack of data,” said the Festivus report, “there is no way of verifying how many millions of dollars were lost. The best estimate we have is $773 million,” based on contract awards.

The report pegs miscellaneous waste at $8.5 billion, including $250 million on border walls “in Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Tunisia, and Oman.”

Other notable items include $4.5 million on breeding ferrets for animal testing and $11.3 million on the prevention of trash burning in Vietnam, which as Paul noted, really isn’t an air quality problem in Vietnam.

“But it turns out the bulk of the areas in Vietnam with unhealthy air quality are in the northern part of the country,” said the report, “where wind currents blow polluted air south from China, and east from Thailand.”

The price tag, by the way, for pigeons gambling on slot machines: $465,339

While the report is intended as an insult to the stupidity of our government, it’s really a testament to how little the American people pay attention to how their money is spent.


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One Sick Day Proves We Need More Voices in Truthful Media

On October 19, I was sick. It crossed my mind that I had finally gotten the ‘rona, but my wife’s cream of chicken soup and a few extra hours of sleep into mid-afternoon had be back up and running after a sleepless night before.

When I finally stumbled over to my computer in the evening, I was met with a deluge of concern from readers. They asked what had happened as only one article had been posted that day. Generally, we post between 10-20 daily between all of the sites, not included curated and aggregated content. Seeing that we’d only posted my super-early morning article before taking the rest of the day off had readers assuming the worst.

We have a wonderful and talented group of writers who volunteer their time for the sites and their readers. Sharing their amazing perspectives has always been a blessing to us because we cannot afford to hire anyone at this time. But having great writers is meaningless if we don’t have great editors, or at least one additional. My wife helps me read and edit stories from time to time, but I’m a one-man show when it comes to getting the stories posted.

Whenever I highlight our desperate need for donations, I note that we do not receive money from Google ads even though most in conservative media are beholden. I often ambiguously note that the money donated will help us grow. Today, I’m highlighting a specific need. We must get an editor to help take some of the load and to expand on our mission of spreading the truth to the world. One sick day proved that.

The great news is that there is no shortage of people who CAN help. I am emailed variations of resumes every week by people who are much smarter than I am. As much as I’d love to hire some of them, we simply cannot. That takes money and as blessed as we’ve been to receive donations and collect ad money (though not from Google or Facebook), we have still fallen short.

Those who have the means, PLEASE consider donating. We have the standard Giving Fuel option and people can donate through PayPal. We are also diving into what we believe is extremely disruptive technology at, the world’s first major donation portal for crypto. I’ll be talking a lot more about them in the near future. Those who prefer Bitcoin can send to my address here: 3A1ELVhGgrwrypwTJhPwnaTVGmuqyQrMB8

We can get the voices out there and we’re willing to shine a spotlight on new talent. We just need the resources to make it happen. If you can help, we would be extremely grateful.

Thank you and God bless!

JD Rucker

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