Your Tax Dollars At Work: Frats Like Beer, Girls Like Dolls, Sharks = Scary!

by Luke Rosiak | The Daily Caller  |  published on January 10, 2017

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Federal grants awarded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) bankrolled studies to discover that fraternity brothers like to drink, that “Jaws” is a scary movie, that little girls like Barbie dolls and that most people generally fear pain at the dentist.

These and other taxpayer-funded academic studies were highlighted Tuesday in Sen. Jeff Flake’s newly-released Wastebook, which said “the studies highlighted here are not finding solutions to drinking-related problems, but simply retelling what is already widely known about Greek life. As they say at the frat house, ‘cool story, bro.’”

Many of the studies exposed by the Arizona Republican assumed that finding seemingly precise numbers for things that are already commonly known somehow increases the quality of life of the nation’s 360 million residents.

A $5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded a study that found college students drink more when there is a football game and that members of fraternities drink more than non-Greeks.

The study also found that Greeks slept later, but the Brown University researcher conducting the research speculated that it’s because they “recognize their sleep needs and make sleep hygiene a priority.

  • Ramon1710 .

    A long-time amnesty supporter, Sen. Flake has co-sponsored five amnesties as a congressman. So he’s definitely a man who knows how to waste taxpayer money.

  • Richard Bagenstose

    it’s like all the agencies budgets , they get more money then they really need but they have to spend it before the end of the fiscal year or lose it, so every year , whenthe year is almost over , they waste the rest just to get rid of it , that’s where all the parties and things come in, renting hookers and hot tubs

    • ARJAY

      The old “use it or lose it” syndrome!

  • Tiger

    Ludicrous the whole thing and they have too much money to play with and somebody needs to slap some hands.

  • Pete

    When I left government service nearly forty years ago, the percentage of federal civil service employees that could logically (based on shoddy performance) be reclassified as Fizzle servants was below 10%. From the mounting evidence that percentage is rapidly rising, 50% may now be a low figure.

  • justinwachin

    Our nation is just under $20,000,000,000,000.00 in debt. It sounds like this book reveals several good starting points for cutting government spending. In the grand scheme of our total debt the amount wasted seems insignificant but eliminating this sort of waste would be a good place to start making cuts.

    • ARJAY

      Each of these “small” grants (small being a relative term) when added together add up to BILLIONS of $$$$$.

      When a bill is drafted, there should be NO additional ANYTHING added to increase the cost of the bill. The bill should either PASS on its merits of NOT pass. If it’s NOT good enough to pass on its merits then it will end up saving all kinds of monies.

      It would be much harder to pass ANY legislation if nothing could be added after the bill is drafted.

  • astrojohn

    What the hell is “sleep hygiene”?

  • Marilynn Reeves

    Why do those handing out grant money still have a job that they clearly can not handle?

    • All_Right

      The “job” of those handing out the money is to…. HAND OUT MONEY. They get demoted (to what, I don’t know) if they don’t give out ALL the money they are allotted to distribute. They get promotions for giving it all out and convincing the politicos to give them MORE to give out next year. Bureaucrats were the second thing Satan invented after lying.

      • Marilynn Reeves

        Do away with this office and use what they were spending for Cancer Curing Research,something that touches every American in one way or another.

      • ‘s up

        Bingo. Bureaucrats are basically the same as anyone else. They want to get ahead, get promotions, etc. The way they do that is by increasing the scope and power of their bureaucracy.

        Enough already.

  • firemanfred

    Draining that DC Swamp, was never so needed than NOW!

  • Jimmie Cooper Boswell

    i wonder if i could get a cushy federal grant, for the study of “does your chewing gum lose it’s flavor on the bedpost overnight”?

    • ARJAY

      Yes it does. $378,964.00 in small bills please.

      • Jimmie Cooper Boswell

        well i have never tried it, because i was afraid it would get approved. since i, have no desire to be a con-artist ripping off the american public.

  • P-daddy

    Wow I knew that 30 years ago and didn’t need to waste millions of dollars to figure it out. Oh and the sleeping late has nothing to do with greeks knowing the importance of getting enough sleep, it has more to do with the amount of alcohol consumed the night before.

  • dmttbt

    We keep hearing about all these wasteful things but what is being done to stop such stupid use of tax payer money. Enough has been enough for a long time.

    • Retired

      Both parties are guilty of adding pork to bills or they will not vote for it.

      • ‘s up

        This crap is a separate issue from pork. These are grants by executive agencies.

        God grant President Trump the ability to stop this bull.

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