Good afternoon folks - 

In the spirit of Valentine's Day this month, I thought I'd share with you something the federal government loves to do: spend. The federal government loves spending so much that our national debt is about to hit $20 trillion. You read that right: 20. trillion. dollars.

While that may not be a lot to Washington bureaucrats, it sure is to us here in Iowa. That's why each month, I give out the Squeal Award to highlight areas of federal government waste, fraud, and abuse that must be cut. 


Squeal Award: Taxpayer Funded Speed Dating

Looking for love wasteful spending? Then look no further than the National Science Foundation (NSF). 

In 2013, the NSF helped to fund a Stanford University study that took a look at how speed dating can help determine what makes up a perfect first date…and it came with a pricey bill, totaling $2.5 million in taxpayer dollars! While the NSF may try to justify handing over millions of taxpayer dollars to Stanford University for this "romance research", we aren't buying their pick-up line at a time when every Iowan’s share of the national debt exceeds $61,000.

As they say, money can't buy love – especially when the government is using your taxpayer dollars. Because of this wasteful spending, I hereby present the National Science Foundation’s study with this month’s Squeal Award

Do you have an example of government waste or inefficiencies that I should take a look at? Send me an email by clicking here.

Thank you!