The $20,600 grant by the U.S. State Department, first reported by Fox News this week, was awarded to a non-profit cultural center in Ecuador. The expenditure for 12 “theater performances” at the center did not go unnoticed when it was posted at USA Spending, an official U.S. government website.
“This country is tens of trillions of dollars in debt,” complains Curtis Houck of the Media Research Center, “and we are giving away grants that are truly insane and cockamamie.”
The U.S. national debt is technically $31 trillion, according to the U.S. Debt clock. It also shows $172 trillion in unfunded liabilities for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
Americans right now are also witnessing runaway inflation rates, not seen since the Jimmy Carter administration, which are driving up the cost of virtually everything that can be produced, bought and sold. The culprit is allegedly Russia’s president, at least according to President Biden, but in reality the real culprit is the U.S. government, when it borrows money it does not have and adds that borrowing to the federal deficit.
A $20,000 grant is small potatoes for the State Department, which began the new fiscal year with a $60 billion budget, but a National Review article points out the cultural center is a longtime recipient of taxpayers’ dollars. U.S. money has been flowing there since 2009, including a $234,000 grant in 2015 that was used to build a new auditorium.
“Historically, the funding has also gone toward teaching the local population English and improving the cultural center’s technology,” the NRO story explains. “This appears to be the first grant intended explicitly for the production of drag shows.”
That is likely because bawdy and gross drag shows have become a new battle in the culture war. What was once a sexual fetish celebrated at late-night gay nightclubs now involves innocent and unsuspecting children and even liberal churches.
It has not gone unnoticed by Houck that the U.S. government is now exporting and promoting such sickening behavior in other countries, too.
“It's certainly possible,” he tells AFN, “that they would try and inflict it on any country that is largely of Catholicism, that adheres to traditional values.”