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Let's Cut Some Spending: $300,000 for virtual reality penguins

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: $300,000 to study virtual reality penguins!

Real Clear Policy reports:

How does $300,000 to study penguins through a virtual reality experience sound?
That is what the University of Wisconsin got from the National Science Foundation in 2020 for Arctic and Antarctic research…
The goal is to understand the natural phenomena in the Antarctic and Arctic regions and their role in global systems, according to the grant summary.

It's hard to imagine a more ridiculous way to spend Americans' cold, hard cash.


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