Conflicts of Interest #91: The Government Has Continued Massive, Wasteful Spending During Covid

by | Apr 2, 2021

Conflicts of Interest #91: The Government Has Continued Massive, Wasteful Spending During Covid

by | Apr 2, 2021

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The US government has preached to its citizens the need to be compliant and accept extreme limitations of freedoms in the name of fighting Covid. However, the government has continued – and even added some new – massive, wasteful spending projects. The US frequently engages in costly military maneuvers as a ‘show of force’ to Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, and Venezuela. Even as we spend trillions fighting the pandemic, Biden is unwilling to cut the military budget. The Army just announced it will spending $21 billion buying HoloLens from Microsoft and also wants to build new long and medium range missiles.

Biden is also proposing spending $2 trillion on an infrastructure bill. The bill includes some spending on infrastructure, but the bill spends billions on unrelated green and equality projects. If Covid is a great threat, then why isn’t the US government spending trillions on unrelated issues?

While the government says we all must be vaccinated to stop new variants of the virus, it is enforcing sanctions on Iran, Syria, and Venezuela that prevent those nations from more effectively combating Covid. If unvaccinated Covid transmission is more likely to lead to variants, then why is the US unwilling to at least temporarily lift sanctions to help ensure a new strain doesn’t emerge in one of these countries?

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