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.