While wasteful government spending is certainly nothing new to us under the current administration, spending it on gophers takes the cake.
Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state recently received a $3.5 million grant to buy land surrounding the base to protect the Mazama pocket gopher. The government apparently does not care that this species has never been listed as endangered or threatened. Since 2003, the Department of Defense and other federal agencies have spent nearly $400 million to protect 264,000 acres and their animals that surround military bases.
This ridiculous spending further proves that the government is out of control and out of touch with needs of the American people. Our armed forces need the best support we can provide them—they don’t need pocket gophers.