Wednesday Waste: $1 million for ants

Wednesday Waste | August 18, 2010

Ants: small creatures that usually go unnoticed unless they make their way into your kitchen or picnic basket. But why would Congress spend $1 million worth of your ‘emergency economic stimulus’ to fund studies of the pesky little things?

From The Hill:

Half a million dollars went to Arizona State University to study the genetic makeup of ants to determine distinctive roles in ant colonies $450,000 went to the University of Arizona to study the division of labor in ant colonies.

The immense wasteful spending highlighted in Senator Coburn’s and Senator McCain’s “Summertime Blues” report even made the author think twice about spending:

“I had no idea that so much expertise concerning ants resided in the major universities of my state,” said McCain. “I say that with an element of pride, but I’m not sure it’s deserving of these taxpayers’ dollars.”

Washington promised the stimulus would improve economic conditions and create jobs.  The study of ants, whether it’s genetic makeup or division of ant colonies, will not stimulate the economy. This is just another egregious example of Washington’s irresponsible waste at a time when America can least afford it.

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