Federal government wasted almost half a trillion dollars in 2022, Rand Paul says in annual report

December 24, 2022

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) released his annual report on wasteful government spending on Friday, detailing nearly half a trillion dollars in wasteful spending during 2022.

Paul blamed both Democrats and Republicans for the waste, which included everything from billions in COVID relief that went to ineligible Americans to a number of ridiculous research projects, such as a $118,000 study to determine whether fictional Marvel villain Thanos could actually have snapped his fingers while wearing the Infinity Gauntlet.

"Who’s to blame? One need not look further than the $3.5 trillion that the big government politicians in Congress spent on the so-called Inflation Reduction Act, which ultimately does nothing to truly combat rising inflation rates," Paul said. "Worse, those same big spenders have just teamed up to pass a pork-laden $1.9 trillion omnibus spending package for 2023, released in the dead of night, and voted into law without anyone having read it."

Another example of waste--$200,000 spent by the Department of Defense on Starbucks espresso machines. "At least Americans can rest assured that our military personnel will be perky and energetic even as they pour American taxpayer dollars – and perhaps a few overpriced coffee grounds – down the drain," the report said.

The U.S. is currently racking up around $2 trillion in debt each year, but Paul says that at least $482,276,543,907 in that deficit spending is unnecessary and could be avoided.

This is only a 25% reduction in deficit spending, but hey, it's something, I guess.