Here are just a few projects we the tax payers are funding…
- $27 million to the country of Morocco to teach the folks over there how to make pottery. I guess the Moroccan government is not capable of pottery instruction. This con is courtesy of the U.S. Agency for International Development, which now has the nerve to tell us that the pottery project is “not on track to achieve its goals.” Translation, the dollars we’ve sent are likely to have been stolen.
- $1.5 million to the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston to study why many lesbian Americans are overweight. The National Institutes of Health calls the situation “an issue of high public health significance.” Sure. Everybody’s talking about it.
- $947,000 to research a “Mars menu.” What astronauts would eat on the planet Mars if they ever get there. NASA says it will send six volunteers into a barren Hawaiian landscape to eat stuff so it can figure out what tastes good on Mars. I am NOT making this up, with apologies to Dave Barry.
- $325,000 to develop a robot squirrel. The National Science Foundation wants the robots to scare rattlesnakes. The agency also says the robosquirrels will help in “public outreach.” Does anyone know what that means? Rocky? Bulwinkle?
- The National Science Foundation strikes again by funding a New York City theatre company called “The Civilians.” They got nearly $700,000 tax dollars to put on a play about “climate change and biodiversity.” Have you seen that play? No? That might be because it only played in Kansas City. Even Al Gore hasn’t seen it.
Finally, if you go to the Alabama Watermelon exposition this year, you paid for some it. If you visit Nebraska, you should know that your tax dollars funded a company that makes shampoo and toothpaste for pets. And if you like caviar – you paid for a website designed to bring those exotic fish eggs to “the masses.”