Paul released the “wastebook” Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
In recent years, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has taken to Twitter for his annual “airing of grievances.” But this year he’s summed them up in a 38-page report.
(Courtesy of Paul’s office)
Paul is set to release a report on Wednesday documenting government spending in “a Festivus collection of government waste worth shouting about.”
The presidential candidate’s annual tradition pays homage to the fictional holiday of “Festivus,” which originated on the television show “Seinfeld.” The holiday includes feats of strength, an aluminum pole (which is displayed on the cover of Paul’s report), and an “airing of grievances” from throughout the year. Paul’s past grievances have ranged from the rising national debt to a lack of retweets from Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J. But, according to the report provided to Roll Call ahead of official release, this year he’s focused solely on government spending.
“Our investigations into federal spending may not have uncovered any government contributions to something called The Human Fund (Money for People),” read the report, another nod to the sitcom, “but we did find Uncle Sam putting taxpayer dollars to work creating a foreign made-for-TV cricket league, paying for federal yoga classes, developing a climate change video game, and studying whether being in space changes the effectiveness of golf clubs.”