Senator Rand Paul’s 2016 Festivus Airing of Grievances humorously hits more government waste

For Seinfeld fans everywhere, December 23rd is a special holiday known as Festivus. Festivus is a holiday that was created by George Costanza’s father Frank as a holiday alternate to Christmas. It features a number of traditions that essentially parody Christmas and has lived on in popular culture far beyond the show’s conclusion.

Senator Rand Paul has made an annual tradition of the Airing of Grievances on Twitter.

In the show, the Airing of Grievances involves Frank Costanza literally listing his problems with his family and lashing out with his year’s worth of issues. Senator Paul has turned this into a humor-filled political soapbox that pokes funs at various political figures and events.

This year was especially fun.

Senator Paul started off the day by taking a shot at the mainstream media, which he would do a number of times. To lead off, he pointed out The Onion is more honest than Brian Williams:


But then he previewed what was to come in this year’s Airing of Grievances from Senator Rand Paul’s Festivus celebration.

Then the good stuff began. First, Senator Paul lit into the National Park Service for studies into the supernatural:

It’s actually a legitimate point, because the study happened. His office actually released information through a spring edition of his own The Waste Report. The NPS actually spent $150,000 to investigate Alaska’s Bering Strait Inuit tribe’s experiences with the supernatural.

This is what your tax dollars go to, America. Thousands of dollars to find the truth about unexplained lights and sea monsters. Is the NPS aiming to take over Unsolved Mysteries?

The next target in Senator Paul’s Airing of Grievances is a government study of Ugandan gambling practices.

A February edition of The Waste Report discussed the $30,000 being spent to study the issue. This concerns American taxpayers, how?

The Department of State would be the next target of Senator Paul’s Airing of Grievances, noting a $1.25 million grant to create a Pakistani superhero.

Ever had a dream of creating the next Marvel or DC superhero? It won’t be at either company or even in this country, but it’ll be in Pakistan and the United States government will give you over a million dollars to pull it off.

The American taxpayers hope your creativity serves the Pakistani people well.

Stepping away from government waste, Senator Paul moved into politics. He took a jab at the ongoing internal problems within the Democratic Party and how the Democratic National Committee rigged the presidential primary for Hillary Clinton:

Senator Paul may not “feel the bern”, but he’s on point here. Some things are staged in life, like professional wrestling and Democratic primaries.

In addition to the humor-filled tweets, The Waste Report released it’s 2016 Festivus Airing of Grievances.

Checking over his Twitter feed, there was more humor and other victims of his hilarious wrath, but through all of it he did bring light to certain issues. For starters, the United States Government is spending money to study supernatural issues such as unexplained lights and sea monsters, as well as focusing on Ugandan gambling practices.

These issues are important to American taxpayers? This is what our government spends money on? Sounds like it’s more than just Senator Rand Paul who should be airing their grievances about the government today.

Chris Dixon is a liberty activist and writer from Maine. In addition to being Managing Editor for the Liberty Conservative, he also writes the Bangor Daily News blog "Undercover Porcupine" and for sports website Cleatgeeks.


  1. I guess I’ll have to read it for myself but there does seem to be a direct correlation between the supply of government waste and the supply of ignorant or apathetic voters.
    Up with grassroots education. Down with establishment media disservice.

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