In today's example of federal waste, the National Institutes of Health is using $1.5 million taxpayer dollars to study the sleep habits of Mexican-Americans at the U.S. border.
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
The "border health" study began last year and is being conducted by the University of Arizona.
The study is recruiting 1,100 people in the tiny border town of Nogales, Ariz., to see how well they sleep. Researchers claim Mexican Americans do not sleep as well as their peers, blaming "social" factors at the border.
"Disparities in sleep health in racial/ethnic minorities exist, including Mexican Americans. In particular, social-environmental factors at the U.S.-Mexico border may play an important role in sleep health disparities," according to the grant for the study.
The project aims to help Mexican Americans sleep "through a community partnership."
Sleep is important, but why are American taxpayers footing this bill? While $1.5 million is a drop in the federal budget, these kinds of studies exemplify why this country is $21 trillion in debt.
Now imagine if the feds were forced to balance the budget every year without raising taxes. Would they spend money on this and thousands of similarly wasteful projects? Probably not.
That's exactly why an Article V Convention of States is so important to the future of our nation. A Convention of States is called and controlled by the states and has the power to propose constitutional amendments that force Congress to be fiscally responsible.
These amendments can include a balanced budget amendment as well as amendments that cap taxation and spending. With these mandates in place, Congress will finally be compelled to spend taxpayer monies on only those areas that are actually crucial to the health and future of our nation.
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