Wastebook: The Farce Awakens

A lot of work went into this report — I wish I knew that more Americans would learn about it and the many examples of waste found in it. Here is what’s printed on the cover:

Wasteful federal spending starring monkeys on treadmills, parties for hipsters, and sheep in microgravity, featuring party buses, wine making for minors, the science of beer koozies, zombies in the White House, life-size pacman, dating secrets for the unattractive, and dozens more.

Here is just one of the 100 items highlighted — it’s third on the list:

farce awakens 2Unless you are into extreme tourism, chances are you did not choose Lebanon as the destination of your family’s summer vacation this year.

The U.S. State Department issued a travel warning in May urging Americans “to avoid all travel to Lebanon because of ongoing safety and security concerns.” U.S. citizens have been killed in bombings and kidnapped within the Middle Eastern nation in recent years. Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) terrorists have staged attacks along the nation’s eastern border with Syria and there are tensions along its southern border with Israel as well. “Sudden outbreaks of violence can occur at any time in Lebanon,” including attacks by suicide bombers, according to the State Department. Islamic State sleeper cells are also believed to be hidden within Lebanon.

farce awakens 1Despite these risks to U.S. citizens, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) spent more than $2 million this year to promote tourism to Lebanon.

USAID is funding two five-year programs—Lebanon Industry Value Chain Development (LIVCD) and Building Alliance for Local Advancement, Development, and Investment (BALADI). “Through BALADI, USAID has provided $1.6 million for rural tourism related activities since 2012, and expects to invest around $1.3 million this year.

Through LIVCD, USAID has invested over $1.3 million for rural tourism since 2012, and expects to provide more than $850,000 this year.”

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