Dope Smoking Monkeys

NIH,monkeys,big government

The federal government has spent more than $3.6 million over the last decade to study the affects of dope on menstruating monkeys.  Hint to scientists: it makes them high.

The problem isn’t this particular silly program.  The problem is that big government lends itself to waste and abuse.  Here’s why:  the benefits of government largesse go to a small group of people, who are highly motivated to push government to continue providing the funds.  The beneficiaries become the squeaky wheel.

However, taxpayers are less motivated to complain about their pockets being picked for stoner monkeys because a) they don’t know where the money is going, and b) the cost is spread out over millions of tax payers.  It’s called “public choice” theory, should you wish to impress others with your erudition at the next cocktail party.

I hope the Tea Party movement is an indication that the taxpayers, at last, are becoming the squeaky wheel.


About Mystic Cowgirl

I worked overseas in the aid game for longer than I'd like to admit and learned several important things: 1) Third World countries aren't poor because America is rich. They're impoverished due to socialist governments that provide neither rule of law nor basic infrastructures; 2) These socialist governments redistribute wealth from taxpayers to the government workers. There's no benefit to the poor or downtrodden, and certainly not to the general welfare in terms of infrastructure improvements. 3) America is moving toward the Third World model. Rule of law has been subverted because equality under the law is disappearing as special interests carve out exemptions to regulations and special favors under the law. The redistribution of wealth to government began decades ago -- total compensation for government employees now outpaces salaries in the private sector.
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