As April comes to an end Judicial Watch offers a sampling of some of the outrageous foreign causes that one agency alone dedicated hundreds of millions to, including $24.5 million for male circumcision in Swaziland and $71 million to improve child learning outcomes in Ghana.
Remember, this huge chunk of American taxpayer dollars was allocated in just one month by a single government agency, the famously corrupt U.S. Agency of International Development (USAID). With a massive budget and little oversight, USAID is charged with providing global economic, development and humanitarian assistance. That means big bucks go to all sorts of preposterous initiatives in countries that are unlikely to be a priority for Americans as they suffer through economic hardships and high unemployment at home.
The figures were obtained from a government website that serves as a centralized location for grant seekers applying for federal funding. Nonprofits and businesses can visit the site to see how much cash Uncle Sam is doling out each month for a variety of causes, both domestic and abroad. The numbers are downright alarming with USAID announcing that it’s doling out an astounding $341 million in just April. It’s an insane spending frenzy by an agency long plagued with fraud and corruption.
Let’s start with the two projects mentioned earlier in this piece. Americans will spend $24.5 million to circumcise as many males, ages 10-49 and infants, as possible in Swaziland because it can reduce the risk of contracting HIV, according to a USAID announcement. Located in South Africa, the Kingdom of Swaziland has the highest rates of HIV in the world, the agency says. The $71 million Ghana allocation is expected to improve the reading performance of approximately 2.8 million children in the West African nation. The funds will also enable a “more effective implementation of Ghana’s mother tongue bilingual instruction policy,” according to USAID’s grant announcement.
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