Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) posted the Waste Report from his Twitter account on Nov. 25. His work focused on exposing mismanagement of money at different levels of government.
According to the analysis of The Western Journal, Paul revealed in the report that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) mismanaged funds causing service instability, harming citizens.
In a section of the report he highlighted an expenditure of $400,000 in a public relations offensive called Back2Good, but this marketing slogan did not do much to improve the metro system.
In addition, Operation Gold Toilet promoted by the WMATA inspector general spent approximately half a million dollars from 2003 to 2017 on maintaining a self-cleaning bathroom at the Huntington subway station.
“To top it off, the half-million-dollar toilet sat broken and abandoned in the Huntington Station from 2017 to early 2019,” the report says.
This is because Metro had a contract with a private company to keep the bathroom in good condition, but it was canceled in 2017. The intention was to move the self-cleaning bathroom and the facilities were finally removed at the beginning of this year.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) spent $22 million just to train staff at the Regional Center for Agricultural Development (RCAD) in Sjenica, Serbia, with the goal of producers improving their practices to follow the cheese standards of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
USAID also requested $34 million for children in Afghanistan. However, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan’s Reconstruction said authorities and teachers at one-quarter of the schools inspected said the books were not in good condition because “book quality deficiencies, such as, loose or blank pages, misspellings, and low quality paper.
Another $300,000 was also spent on Model United Nations competitions in Afghanistan, this project was aimed at students who did not obtain low-quality books.
Also, English-speaking students are the only ones who can participate in such competitions, that is only 6% of Afghan children.
These are just a few of the shortcomings in expense management in Paul’s report that reveals the misuse of taxpayers’ money by the public sector.
It should be noted that since taking office, President Trump has cut public expenditures significantly and reduced them greatly, far more than his predecessors.