'Medieval Smells' Exhibit? Report Calls Out Billions in Wasteful Gov't Spending
Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) released his second annual “Federal Fumbles” report Monday to shed light on how the government wastes tax dollars.
Last year, the report showed an unnecessary $105 billion dollars in federal spending. So, what are the numbers like this year?
Mike Emanuel reported on "Happening Now" that the 154-page report found that dozens of different programs and initiatives by the government added up to more than $200 billion in wasteful spending.
Emanuel highlighted some of the most unusual expenses, including $495,000 for an exhibit on "medieval smells," $2 million on a study that found children don't like eating food that's been sneezed on, and $1 billion in hospitals and infrastructure projects for the Palestinian government.
Other bizarre programs in the report include $180,000 to develop a new and more effective method of counting and tagging sea ducks, and $315,000 to study how court rulings make people feel.
"Expect fiscal conservatives like Sen. Lankford from Oklahoma to continue to beat the drum in a new Congress about it being time to tighten things up in terms of federal spending," Emanuel said.
See Lankford discuss the report below, and let us know what you think in the comments.