WATCH: Jimmy Kimmel Mocks Absurd Government-Funded Projects In Segment Called “Expenditure Or Stoner Idea?”
Jimmy Kimmel discussed the release of this year’s “Wastebook” during his monologue on Wednesday’s broadcast of “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” and mocked the ridiculous programs funded by the government. The “Wastebook” is an annual report, compiled by Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, that lists the top 100 seemingly useless projects underwritten by various government agencies and departments that ultimately cost taxpayers billions of dollars every year.
After joking that he didn’t read the actual “Wastebook” because he’s “waiting for the Waste Movie to come out,” Kimmel gave as an example how the U.S. government spent $387,000 to give rabbits a daily massage. The talk show host explained the experiment was to “gauge the effect massage has on muscles after exercise,” but still felt the expenditure was totally absurd.
In fact, Kimmel noted that many of the government-funded projects “sound so ridiculous that we decided to see if people can tell the difference between a real government expenditure from ‘Wastebook’ and an idea a stoner came up with on his own.” With that as the premise, Kimmel asked the audience to vote whether programs he was mentioning were a real “Expenditure” or an idea from a “Stoner.”
First up was “a room full of monkeys playing video games to unlock the secrets of free will.” So, is that a real expenditure or an idea from a stoner? Yes, that was a government expenditure!
How about “mountain lions on a treadmill”? That, too, was a government expenditure!
“Teaching synchronized swimming to sea monkeys” has to be an idea from a stoner, but as Kimmel pointed out, that project was also a government expenditure! Check out the video below of Kimmel skewering wasteful government spending, and tell us what you think.