The National Endowment for the Humanities is spending over $50,000 to publish a book about the relationships between humans and trees.
The Department of Veterans Affairs spent nearly $300,000 on televisions that have sat unused in storage for more than two years.
The National Institutes of Health has spent more on exercise programs for refugees, anti-tobacco video games, weight-loss programs for truckers, and studies on gay hook up apps than it has to fight the Zika virus.
The State Department doled out six figures for one piece of art made out of balls of thread, to be displayed in an embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan.
The National Institutes of Health is spending over $35,000 sending text messages to college students urging them not to drink too much on their 21st birthday.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is spending at least $73,500 to teach astronauts about diversity, their “unconscious biases,” and how to “use their privilege.”
Almost 90 percent of biomedical research is wasted, according to the National Institutes of Health’s monthly newsletter.
The National Institutes of Health is spending over $700,000 to give college professors “unconscious bias” training.
If Congress were to cut unnecessary and ineffective spending in the federal government, it could balance the budget in one year by following the recommendations put forth by Citizens Against Government Waste, a non-partisan organization.