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Let's Cut Some Spending: $689,222 to study romance between parrots

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: $689,222 for romance between parrots!

From Rand Paul's 2022 Festivus Report, "Readers of the Platinum Pig Awards are well aware that the Federal government loves spending taxpayers’ money on research in an attempt to get to the bottom of many of life’s biggest mysteries, such as the feelings of love and happiness. As if spending your money to research how humans feel and express love may sound ridiculous enough, the government is now funding research to see how parrots express love."

"In fact, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) granted Cornell University $689,222 to study social communication in parrots, studying patterns such as social outcomes, if they kiss, and how males make sexual advances. I thought this was the Department of Health and Human Services supporting the research? The purpose of the study was to establish parrots as a model for human communication in neuroscience research, and evaluate the extent to which 'how we behave and communicate is shaped by who we choose to hang out with every day.”

Your taxpayer dollars at work. Remember this when Joe Biden proposes his budget that raises your taxes.


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