Wasteful, intrusive tax-funded research

In this edition of “Your Tax Dollars at Work,” we highlight some of the latest examples of the federal government’s fine stewardship of the public purse with regard to government research grants. The National Institutes of Health has spent nearly $2.7 million since 2011 on an “innovative intervention” to help truckers lose weight by giving them motivational phone calls while they are on the road and having them record their weight and behavior on a weekly basis. The 29 drivers who participated in the pilot study were eligible for free health screenings, hourly pay and “lottery prizes.” 


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