Sen. Jeff Flake used to compile the government “Wastebook,” which featured government spending on things like observing a mudskipper on a treadmill and other scientific curiosities. Sen. Rand Paul took it over in 2018 when the government was using leaf-blowers to study how lizards cling to trees, and now it’s his turn to lay out some of the government waste in the omnibus spending bill that just passed Congress.

In the spirit of Festivus, the holiday for the rest of us, Paul laid out some of the dumber things included in that omnibus bill. We know that it raised the legal age to buy tobacco or e-cigarettes to 21 and allocated $25 million for the Centers for Disease Control and National Institutes of Health to study the problem of gun violence, but this thing was 2,000 pages long. Paul was good enough to share some of the worst inclusions.

Buckle up; this thread goes on a while.

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