A U.S. senator continues to highlight wasteful spending of taxpayers' money abroad.
As part of his ongoing "Worldwide Waste" series, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is now spotlighting money thrown at foreign tourism promotion. This includes $98 million in tourism support to Jordan and more than $16 million over several years to Macedonia to make it a hot spot for adventure tourists.
Nearly $2 million went to Belarus, including to a bed and breakfast featured by USAID that led tourists in an ancient rite to a pagan harvest god.
"Many of these programs are designed somehow to fulfill U.S. foreign policy objectives, perhaps building alliances or paving the way for future trade agreements," says Pete Sepp, president of National Taxpayers Union.
"To the average taxpayer," says Sepp, "the question has to be asked Is this really going to benefit us in the long term? And unfortunately Congress doesn't ask that question often enough."
This is the sixth part of Senator Paul's Worldwide Waste series.
Part five highlights $1.7 million to assist fair-trade coffee cultivation in Nicaragua, over $328,000 to support a Haitian dance troupe, and over $217,000 to help a Mayan radio station in Belize.
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