Friday, February 13, 2009

Are you stimulated yet?

From Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK), here's the latest list of allegedly stimulating items in the Barack Obama Economic Recovery PlanTM:

• $8 billion for high-speed railway (including an earmark for an Los Angeles to Las Vegas MagLev)
• $1 billion for the “FutureGen” not-ready-for-primetime near zero emission plant in Illinois
• $53.6 billion for the “state stabilization” slush fund
• $1.3 billion for Amtrak
• $24 million for USDA buildings and rent
• $176 million for renovating Agricultural Research Service buildings
• $290 million for flood prevention activities
• $50 million for watershed rehabilitation
• $1.4 billion for wastewater disposal programs
• $295 million for administrative expenses associated with food stamp program
• $1 billion for the 2010 Census
• $200 million for public computer centers at community colleges and libraries
• $650 million for the DTV converter box coupon program
• $360 million for construction of NIST buildings
• $830 million for NOAA research and facilities
• $2 billion for Byrne JAG program
• $10 million to combat Mexican gunrunners
• $125 million for rural communities to combat drug crimes
• $1 billion for the COPS program
• $1 billion for NASA
• $300 million to purchase scientific instruments for colleges and museums
• $400 million for equipment and facilities at the NSF
• $3.7 billion to conduct "green" renovations on military bases
• $375 million for Mississippi River projects
• $10 million for urban canals
• $5 billion for weatherizing buildings
• $2 billion to develop advanced batteries for hybrid cars
• $3.4 billion for fossil energy research (possibly including an earmark for FutureGen)
• $5.1 billion for environmental cleanup around military bases
• $5.5 billion for "green" federal buildings
• $300 million for "green" cars for federal employees
• $20 million for IT upgrades at the Small Business Administration
• $200 million to design and furnish DHS headquarters
• $210 million for State and local fire stations
• $125 million to restore trails and abandoned mines
• $146 million for trail maintenance at National Park Service sites
• $140 million for volcano monitoring systems
• $600 million for the EPA Superfund environmental cleanup program
• $200 million to clean up leaking underground storage tanks
• $500 million for forest health and wildfire prevention
• $25 million for the Smithsonian Institution
• $50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts
• $1.2 billion for "youth activities" (for "youth" up to 24 years old)
• $500 million earmark for NIH facilities in Bethesda, MD
• $1 billion for Head Start
• $32 million for home-delivered nutrition services
• $160 million for volunteer programs at the Corporation for National and Community Service
• $500 million earmark for the SSA National Computer Center in MD
• $220 million for the International Boundary and Water Commission, U.S. and Mexico

Many of these items are paid for under the regular appropriation process. So why the rush to get them in this monstrosity of a bill? And why the hurry to pay for all this stuff at a time when we are already running huge deficits?

Clearly, this is change we can believe in. What a sick joke that turned out to be.


Horn herd mom said...

hopefully we'll see part of the 53.6 B "state stabalization". I really don't want to get an IOU for our refund! Next year we won't overpay!

Alissa said...

This just makes me want to puke. You know, if the government would instead decide to severely CUT all the taxes for individual taxpayers and small businesses, we would see some stimulation and growth in the economy. But I'm sure THAT idea is too simple and logical for our lofty politicians who are dreaming of and hoping for a better tomorrow.

thehes said...

This whole thing reminds me of the stimulus check program...let's just make it appear that we are doing something even when we know it won't work. Blaaaaah.

thehes said...

Okay, you guys have to check out Jonah Goldberg's latest article on He calls this stimulus "viagra for the leviathan state" and says the results will be "inflation of Zimbabwean proportions and proctologically intrusive taxes." The article is so well written that you can almost laugh about the situation!

The Bullhorn said...

Glad to see that my family still reads my blog. Thanks for being so supportive, y'all!!