Government employees are being furloughed because of the sequester, but the president has dog flown on an Osprey aircraft to his vacation on Martha's Vineyard.
Now comes word of more wasted money we are borrowing from the Chinese: Judicial Watch reports the National Institutes of Health has awarded a woman who was born in Brazil but is now associated with a public university in Alabama $1.5 million to help women quit smoking in Brazil.
NIH tries to justify the grant by saying the woman, Isabel Scarinci, will study "women and their tobacco-related issues" as well as "an understanding of women and their tobacco-related issues." There's more justification from NIH: "A smoking epidemic is rapidly spreading to women in developing countries."
Even if you think this is a good idea, why isn't the borrowed money being spent on Americans in America instead of Brazil?
Your tax dollars at work ... or not.
I'm Cal Thomas.
Publication date: August 14, 2013