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Let's Cut Some Spending: $2.1 million to get Ethiopians to wear shoes

Updated: May 19, 2023

Remember the absolutely critical Omnibus spending bill Congress muscled through at the end of last year? It was 4,000 pages that no one read that cost taxpayers $1.7 trillion.

In our Let's Cut Some Spending series, ForAmerica will chronicle parts of the 2021 and 2022 spending bills from a variety of sources that you probably don't know about - programs, grants and spending of all kinds that should have never happened in the first place and many that are still happening.

Today's offering: $2 million for Ethiopian shoes!

From Sen. Rand Paul's 2022 Festivus government waste report, "Elvis Presley once sang 'before you abuse, criticize and accuse, just walk a mile in my shoes.' Well, Elvis, what if you prefer to walk barefoot? In Ethiopia, for example, while there is great demand for footwear in rural communities, there is still a 'substantial proportion' of Ethiopians that are just unwilling to pay for footwear. But, of course, the United States government wants to tell Ethiopians how to live, and even what to wear…with your money!

Between Fiscal Years 2010 – 2014, The National Institutes of Health (NIH) granted the National Human Genome Research Institute $2,134,835110 over the course of 5 years in an effort to encourage rural Ethiopians to wear shoes."

Obviously, there's nothing wrong with helping the downtrodden get shoes. But is that the job of the American taxpayer?

Are we really going to raise the debt ceiling to pay for another country to encourage its citizens to wear shoes???

No way the House GOP goes along with that...right?


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