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Lankford's 'Federal Fumbles': Government Spending Still Rising

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By    |   Monday, 28 November 2016 12:15 PM

The United States is drowning in debt, but the government is still keeping up with its record of wasteful spending, Sen. James Lankford said Monday while discussing his latest edition of the "Federal Fumbles" report.

"This book every year is our to-do list for our staff," the Oklahoma Republican told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program. "When we walk through this, we see the things and doing our own investigation, we expose them. There are areas [that] need additional oversight and media attention."

The report lists 100 different "out-of-control" grants, starting out with "what we call 'gas station tofu,'" said Lankford.

The USDA, he explained, has ordered convenience stores and other such locations to offer more healthy options, or not sell other grocery items.

"They are telling them they have to sell tofu, goat cheese, almond milk," said Lankford. "In rural America, most areas, you may have to drive 15 or 20 miles to get to a grocery store, so people who are on SNAP and other programs are going to get their milk and bread and meat from a local gas station. They tell them no, unless you sell tofu, they are not going to provide it at all and those folks will have no option."

There was also another study, in which different agencies combined funds to pay for an exhibit on medieval arts and smells, so people can experience them.

"One agency to do that, I understand that," Lankford said. "Three agencies, it really raises your ire to say why are we doing this."

In an opinion piece for The Washington Times on Sunday, Lankford noted that last year, alone, the federal government spent $223 billion, or 6 percent of all discretionary spending, on dept interest payments, and if the same patterns continue, the nation will be spending more on debt interest than on national defense within 10 years.

"The results of this month's election made it resoundingly clear that the American people no longer accept business as usual in Washington," Lankford said. "There is a clear responsibility to rejuvenate a moribund economy with expansive reforms to our overpriced healthcare system, our over-complicated tax code, and our overreaching regulatory state."

Meanwhile, the nation's annual deficits could rise above $1 trillion by the end of this decade, Lankford said in his opinion piece.

"The Baby Boomer generation is turning 65 at a pace of 10,000 individuals per day, which means the retirement age group will double in size between 2010 and 2040," he said. "Congress should have spent the last 25 years preparing for this predictable retirement tidal wave."

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