Ever wonder where some of that stimulus money that Obama and the Dems swore upon stacks and stacks of copies of “Earth in the Balance” and “The Audacity of Hope” that we needed desperately or all the children of the world would die in a cauldron filled with boiling pig poop? Or something like that?
Well… let’s see what your money went to pay for…
I’ve asterisked my favorites….
*$30,000 to study how methamphetamines affect the sex drives of rats.
*$221,355 to study why young men don’t like condoms.
*$219,000 to study the “hookup behavior” of female college coeds
$59,900,000 to upgrade computers for the California State Government…. that were upgraded 4 years ago
$564,635 for Duke U. students to go on a summer trip to Costa Rica
$1,200,000 for a Horse Museum in Kentucky
*$50,000,000 for fish food
*$122,000 for fish art
*$1,300,000 for signs that say “Recovery.gov”
$100,000 to remodel a Martini Bar and a Brazilian Steakhouse, both in Missouri
$831,700 for the Lone Tree Golf Course in Antioch, CA to use recycled water.
*$117,000,000 for a building makeover of the IRS building in Andover, MA that’s slated to be closed.
*$88,000 to repave a road in Atlanta, GA that was re-paved in 2007.
$389,000 to study marijuana and malt liquor use by Buffalo, NY residents
$100,000 to fund anti-capitalist puppet shows
*$1,570,000 to find fossil fuels… in Argentina
*$350,000,000 to develop a map for a government website that shows broadband availability… that will be obsolete by the time it goes online.
*$54,000,000 for a wine train for tourists in CA
*$1,900,000,000 to cover costs of a failed cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Site.
$2,000,000 to extend a Tourist Train in Nevada
$4,700,000 to research and develop supersonic corporate jets.
*$5,900,000 to an advertising agency to promote the DTV changeover. Created 3 jobs. For 39 days.
$133,000,000 to renovate a Federal Building in Oregon. A new Federal Building in California recently cost $144 mil to build from scratch.
*$5,000,000 to develop a geothermal heating plan for a mall in Oak Ridge, TN that’s “almost empty”.
*$8,000,000 to build a wastewater treatment center in Oregon – for tourists!
$272,000,000 for improvements at FAA-designated “low-priority” airports.
$15,000 for a storytelling festival in Utah.
$1,100,000 to “beautify” Hollywood, CA’s Sunset Strip. Yes, the same one in tons of movies.
$30,000,000 to Defense Dept. contractors suspended for suspicion of fraud
$1,300,000,000 for Amtrak, which is currently losing $32 per passenger as people use “cars” and “airplanes” more.
$2,000,000 for a new fire station in Truckee, NV. Problem: they have no fire fighters.
*$25,000 for Sykesville, MD. They don’t know why.
*$935,000 for a dance troupe to weatherize homes in DC.
*$255,000,000 for ARC – a government-backed small business loan organization that expects a 65% default rate.
$75,129 for Paragould, AR to purchase iPod Touches for children.
*$49,818 and 53,940 lbs of carbon to send 11 people from Alaska to the Copenhagen Global Warming Conference going on right now.
$800,000 for an Ohio town to create a zone where trains can’t blow their whistles.
$90,000 to teach people to cooperate by watching birds.
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