In April 2011, after being in Congress for just three months, our congressional staff, working with the House Armed Services Committee staff, found three wasteful programs in the Department of Defense. We developed legislation to have those programs cut, $35 million over ten years, and it passed on the House floor 392-0. Now, $35 million over ten years may not seem like a lot, but just imagine if every member of Congress dug into its committees’ budgets and found waste? What if each of the 435 members of the House and Senate were able to find $35 million of wasteful spending over a ten-year period and got that cut from the budget? Yes, you’re correct, we would perhaps not have the dangerous debt and deficits in our federal budget.
At this moment, we have folks taking a political position demanding more money to handle Zika virus concerns, but here’s what’s missing from the conversation. As reported by the Washington Free Beacon: The National Institutes of Health has spent more on exercise programs for refugees, anti-tobacco video games, weight-loss programs for truckers, and studies on gay hook up apps than it has to fight the Zika virus.
The Department of Health and Human Services is warning that its funding to fight the Zika virus in the United States will be exhausted by September, sending a letter to Congress this week saying “additional funding is needed.” HHS has so far received $374 million for domestic Zika relief, including $47 million specifically for the NIH.
However, the Washington Free Beacon has uncovered $49,577,386 worth of questionable NIH studies since the Zika epidemic began in the beginning of 2015.
The projects include everything from studying how drunk men look at women to teaching 11-year-old Kenyans how to use condoms.Many of the studies involve behavioral research into obesity, including the now $3,531,925 study into why a majority of lesbians are obese while gay men generally are not, which concluded that gay men have a “greater desire for toned muscles” than straight men. The project is slated to receive additional funding this year. The agency spent $1,679,030 on an exercise program for refugees, which sends “community partners” into mosques to talk about physical activity.
This is precisely why we need budget reform in Washington, D.C. If we had zero-based budgeting instead of baseline budgeting, perhaps we would not have these budget items, these programs, that are continually approved.
But you have to ask yourself — actually ask your Representative — what are y’all doing? The committee that oversees the NIH should be called on the carpet by the American people. One of the things I enjoyed about being on the Armed Services Committee was our NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) process. We painstakingly went through our subcommittees and full committee going line by line authorizing the missions of the U.S. Armed Forces. After passing the House and Senate and being finalized by conference committee, this “authorization” document was then handed over to the Appropriations Committees for funding.
Now, as I stated earlier, there is still waste that creeps in and trust me, there is plenty at the DoD. But imagine asking for more funding for the Zika virus when some $49.5 million has been blown on such foolish and insidious ventures as the Washington Free Beacon has highlighted.
Folks, here’s a simple example of why the American fiscal situation is broken. Instead of the Department of Health and Human Services sending a letter to Congress for additional funding, they need an all-night session to find the funding themselves. I remember the movie “Dave,” when he brought in his CPA friend, and overnight they went line by line and found countless wasteful programs in the federal budget. The following day at a cabinet meeting, the stand-in President “Dave” changed the agenda of the White House cabinet meeting and on camera cut the budget — and uncovered funding to support a children’s center.
If I were still on Capitol Hill, I’d send Health and Human Services Secretary Burwell’s letter requesting additional funding back to her with a one-word response: “Nuts.”
And after listening to the new American socialist party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s economic plan speech, I offer the same word: “Nuts.” I’m about sick of the “fair share” argument and the deceptive narcotic of increased government spending, deceivingly referred to as “investments.” Here we have examples of federal government “investments”: studies into lesbian obesity?
If this doesn’t get your blood boiling, heck, I just don’t know if you’re alive.
It’s imperative that we get this situation under control — and why not start by calling on our Republican leaders to commit to cutting $35 million over ten years? As I said before, it may not sound like a lot, but imagine if each of the 435 members of the House and Senate found $35 million of wasteful spending and cut that from the budget over a ten-year period.
Together, let’s all call on GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump and every member of the GOP — especially those up for re-election — to pledge to their constituents and all Americans to each find and cut $35 million in government waste over 10 years.
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