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Federal government spends $1.5 million to study overweight lesbians

Dad sent me this astonishing example of government waste, posted at Fox News.

Excerpt:

The National Institutes of Health awarded a Boston hospital more than $1.5 million to figure out why nearly three-quarters of lesbians are overweight — calling the disparities a significant public health issue.

“It is now well-established that women of minority sexual orientation are disproportionately affected by the obesity epidemic, with nearly three-quarters of adult lesbians overweight or obese, compared to half of heterosexual women,” according to a description of the grant.

The taxpayer money was awarded to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston to study the relationship between sexual orientation and obesity.

[...]“Obesity is one of the most critical public health issues affecting the U.S. today,” the grant states. “Racial and socioeconomic disparities in obesity are receiving increasing attention; however, one area of disparities that is only beginning to be recognized is the striking interplay of gender and sexual orientation.”

[...]Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, said it is disturbing that tax dollars are being used to fund the study.

“When you look at a nation that’s $17 trillion in debt – there’s a reason. It’s because we do frivolous studies that serve no benefit other than to give a special interest group something to talk about,” he told Fox News. “Why are we issuing grants to study things that have no affect on the well-being of the nation as a whole?”

Oh I have no doubt this is worth studying… but maybe they could use their own money instead of my money, since I need my money for other things – and I actually had to do the work to earn it. Why do people on the left think that they have the right to spend money that I earned? Were they there in my calculus class? Were they there in the labs with me doing assignments? I don’t mind if they want to spend their own money on lesbian obesity, but why are they so convinced that they have a right to spend my money on that?

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5 Responses

  1. Mmm. Surely there is some publicly funded research which does interest or benefit you. Can you imagine that your tax dollars are going to that, rather than to this study? As well say, you don’t want your tax dollars to repair roads in Idaho (or wherever) because you don’t live in Idaho. If there is any research that you value, then you cease to argue against taxation, and start to argue about very particular nuances of the spending of your taxes, which is ridiculous. Do you think your taxes should be spent on nothing but what immediately interests you?

  2. The American Dream site reported that “the U.S. government once spent 2.6 million dollars to train Chinese prostitutes to drink responsibly.” Also, “the U.S. government has spent $175,587 to ‘determine if cocaine makes Japanese quail engage in sexually risky behavior.'” Just, wow.

  3. Mike says:

    I love the passive voice here: “…affected by the obesity epidemic.” Also, you missed another good one: http://cnsnews.com/news/article/27m-federal-study-why-do-lesbians-have-higher-risk-hazardous-drinking

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