Trump is doing a great job cleaning up the swamp and trying to restore some order in the federal government.
However, that doesn’t mean he’s going to be able to do the job overnight. In fact, it’s going to take years to finally rein in the out of control spending we’ve seen grow and grow in Washington.
One of the biggest culprits of waste and abuse in Washington is the National Institutes of Health. We’ve told you about their wasteful ways before but it just seems to be getting crazier and crazier.
The latest example will leave you shaking your head…
From Washington Free Beacon:
The National Institutes of Health is spending roughly $700,000 on a study attempting to use churches to get Latinos to go to the park to work out.
RAND Corporation researchers believe their project is the first study of Latino Catholic church-led workout events in public parks to fight obesity.
“Public parks comprise local infrastructure that can be leveraged for community PA [physical activity], but tend to be underutilized, particularly in low-income communities,” according to the grant for the project. “Parks in low-income and minority communities tend to have less PA programming, especially targeting adults, and higher crime and other factors that affect park use. There is a need for interventions that address community concerns, target the built environment, and ‘activate’ park use.”
Enter churches: Researchers believe they can co-opt their “vast social networks” and “moral authority” to get Latinos to exercise.
You think that’s a good way to spend your money?
Catholics are great. I’m a Catholic. They don’t need this money.
$700,000 is a drop in the bucket when it comes to the government but it all adds up and there’s no way this is something we should be spending money on.
Unfortunately, this kind of thing happens all the time.
From Washington Times:
Sen. James Lankford released his annual federal government waste and solutions report on Monday detailing the arguably ridiculous things the government spent money on.
“Our $20 trillion national debt will continue to increase until we implement spending cuts, government reforms, and create a healthy economy. This Federal Fumbles report provides commonsense examples of ways to limit our spending and fix government inefficiency,” Mr. Lankford, Oklahoma Republican, said in a statement.
There is over $473 billion in wasteful spending listed in the report.
The items on this year’s “Federal Fumbles” list include $2.3 million researching forms of exercise that best led to weight loss in seniors, $20,000 for adult summer art camp focused on climate change and $2.6 million spent on chimpanzees that were previously used for biomedical testing.
The National Institute for Health recently stopped the testing on chimpanzees and created a National Center for Chimpanzee Care to continued to take care of the animals.