The federal government could pay for the border wall or a large part of repairing and rebuilding America’s infrastructure if they would stop wasting taxpayer money on unimportant projects and studies, extreme bonuses for federal employees and pay federal employees a wage commensurate with what the average American worker makes.
Did you know that federal government pays out $66 million per hour for their 1.97 million federal employees? That’s a cost of $524 million per day. Since the average federal employees make at least $30,000 a year more than the average American HOUSEHOLD, if their pay was adjusted to be comparable to the average American worker, that could save taxpayers a minimum of $59.1 BILLION per year or $161.9 million per day. That would more than pay for Trump’s border wall along the Mexican border and increase border security along the northern border.
Consider that the Obama White House had two paid calligraphers who were paid over $100,000 a year and a dog walker who also made over $100,000 a year.
Additionally, 326 federal employees in 2016 received a total of $28.8 million in compensations, including bonuses, one of which went to the HR manager in charge of payroll for the Presidio Trust in San Francisco who received a bonus of $141,525.
The federal government spends millions on unnecessary pet projects that many members of Congress manage to fund by attaching riders or amendments to unrelated pieces of legislation. Here are just a few of those expenditures:
- $384,949 to study duck penises
- $876,752 to study snail sex
- $10 million for a remake of Sesame Street in Pakistan
- $194,788 to study how transgender women use Facebook.
- $765,828 to subsidize pancakes for yuppies in Washington DC
- $587,441 to help promote LGBTQ inclusion in the field of engineering
- $200,000 for studies catering toe LGBT agenda
- $764,825 to study how college students use mobile devices for social networking.
- $350,000 to support an International Art Exhibition in Venice, Italy
- $48,700 for 2nd annual Hawaii Chocolate Festival, to promote Hawaii’s chocolate industry
- $550,000 for a documentary about how rock music contributed to the collapse of the Soviet Union
- $113,227 for video game preservation center in New York
- $150,000 to see if engineers could build earthquake
- $15.3 million for one of the infamous Bridges to Nowhere in Alaska
- $1.1 million to figure out how world religions would respond to the discovery of life on other planets
- $1.7 million to use holograms to bring long dead comedians to life
- $2.4 million to figure out how to get more ‘likes’ and ‘followers’ on social media
- $3.5 million to study why the ‘fear of pain’ is the critical reason why Americans don’t go to the dentist
This ‘short list’ adds up to a total of $38,986,510 taxpayer dollars. Again, enough to build Trump’s border wall along the Mexican border and more.
Tax season is right around the corner and as you sit down and agonize over your federal income taxes, realize that this kind of waste is happening all the time in America. If you’re already angry, then you probably don’t want to know that the National Institute of health is spending $302,331 to study in-home semen tests. The project pays men $20 for their semen sample which is then used to study infertility. Each home kit allows men to test their semen for sperm concentration, sperm motility and semen volume.
If this isn’t bad enough, the NIH had previously spent $337,483 to recruit and follow couples to see how long it took them to get pregnant.
If Congress would cut all of the millions of dollars sent to other countries that hate us and desire to destroy us, in addition to all of the many pet projects, not only would we have enough money to build a border wall and increase national security, but we would also be well on our way to paying for much of the infrastructure repairs and replacements that are so needed.
If Congress wants to know where to get this money from, they need to start by examining their own pieces of legislation. It’s time they start being more fiscally responsible and take care of important matters instead of their wild pet projects.