Defense Department to Spend How Much Studying Pond Turtles?

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably wondered on several occasions how a national government that makes more in one month than most countries do in 5 years has managed to accumulate such a massive amount of national debt.

Yes, we all understand that certain bills must be paid. After all, running the leading nation of the free world can’t be cheap. And, I fully recognize that, just like in my own personal life, unexpected expenses do come up.

But $28 trillion and growing? I mean, how is that even possible?

Perhaps the answer has something to do with billions of frivolous stuff administrations like Democratic President Joe Biden’s has spent on over the years. You know, stuff like paying out $851,000 to tag and monitor turtles found in the ponds at Edwards Air Force Base in Kern County, California.

Yep, you read that right. The United States government just spent over three-quarters of a million dollars on researching turtles.

But that’s not even the kicker. That comes when I tell you that not only is it the Department of Defense that is spending this money, but it’s not even close to the whopping amount the project is expected to or has permission to spend over the next few years.

According to a recent DoD grant notice, the ceiling for this specific research project is a massive $25 million!

The notice, posted on July 24, detailed that the “primary objective of this project is to collect and monitor the western pond turtle.”

Now, I’m not saying that research for wildlife isn’t important because it is. And sometimes, we can learn a great deal from similar research projects.

But how is the western pond turtle, now being researched by a government agency whose sole purpose is to defend our country, make us any safer?

As anyone can readily find out through research of their own, the western pond turtle is not an endangered species, nor is it particularly different than any other type of freshwater turtle.

So why is it so special to as have now garnered the attention of the US government? Well, according to Edwards Air Force Base and a recent statement about the project, “Little is known about the western pond turtle movement within Shuttle Pond and use of the surrounding desert upland area.”

In addition, those tasked with this “research” will also be responsible for managing animal habitats on the base, keeping up maintenance of the ponds on base, cleaning up trash, removing stray animals, and “exterminate(ing)” or relocating “nuisance animals” like bears, raccoons, snakes, mountain lions, and coyotes.

So basically, this is the Biden administration’s way of advancing their climate change and always environmentally friendly platform by using our hard-earned tax dollars – oh and of course, squandering the Defense Departments precious time and resources.

This, of course, comes at a time when the nation is experiencing one of the most catastrophic border crises we’ve ever seen, crime is continuing to skyrocket, race wars are everywhere, and our economy is on the fritz.

And yet, Biden wants to spend up to $25 million researching turtles that won’t solve any of those problems…

Is it just me, or are our national priorities seem to be a bit screwed up?

And this is just one example of wasteful government spending.

There’s also that time when the government spent $450,000 to create a “climate-change video game.” As Kentucky Senator Rand Paul tweeted, the game’s intention is “(t)o spread alarmism and irrational fear among school children in a fun and interesting way.”

Or what about when our capital funded a “research” project to study “Cocaine and Risky Sex Habits of Quail?” Another project spent hundreds of thousands to walk lizards on treadmills…

I mean, really?

And don’t even get me started on the billions the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, led by Dr. Anthony Fauci since 1984, sent to China to fund “gain-of-function” research on coronaviruses, which basically makes them into “superviruses.”

This is all to say that our national leaders are clearly wasting your money. If our country is to regain some measure of economic strength, we have to start paying attention to how much the government is spending and on what. And then, we need to hold them accountable.