Opinion/Analysis: Just how much federal waste, duplication and weird or unnecessary spending are your tax dollars funding?

The ever-rising federal debt just surpassed $21 trillion last month – at least $65,000 for every person in the U.S. Just how much federal waste, duplication, and weird or unnecessary spending are your tax dollars funding? It’s hard to know where to begin, but here are some starters. Delving into the trillions of dollars in annual spending, our government transparency organization, OpenTheBooks.com, recently examined Washington’s discretionary grants system – beyond such big-ticket items as health, welfare and defense. We found that the feds doled out 560,771 grants totaling $583 billion during fiscal year 2016, the most recent year on record. This means, on average, each grant exceeded $1 million. Not every federal grant is wasteful, but there are plenty that are highly questionable. Consider these outlandish examples from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the final year of the Obama Administration. (We’ve included the names of the congressional representatives for the zip codes where the grant was received.). Click here to see the list..

Wow..  You really need to see this.  And no, you’re not reading The Onion..

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