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Odysseus
02-05-2009, 12:55 PM
http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=YjcyODIyZGM2MGU1ZDdkNDgxZDc3OTNjYjM4ZDY1ODI=

50 De-Stimulating Facts
Chapter and verse on a bad bill.

By Stephen Spruiell & Kevin Williamson

Senate Democrats acknowledged Wednesday that they do not have the votes to pass the stimulus bill in its current form. This is unexpected good news. The House passed the stimulus package with zero Republican votes (and even a few Democratic defections), but few expected Senate Republicans (of whom there are only 41) to present a unified front. A few moderate Democrats have reportedly joined them.

The idea that the government can spend the economy out of a recession is highly questionable, and even with Senate moderates pushing for changes, the current package is unlikely to see much improvement. Nevertheless, this presents an opportunity to remove some of the most egregious spending, to shrink some programs, and to add guidelines where the initial bill called for a blank check. Here are 50 of the most outrageous items in the stimulus package:


VARIOUS LEFT-WINGERY:

1. $50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts

2. $380 million in the Senate bill for the Women, Infants and Children program

3. $300 million for grants to combat violence against women

4. $2 billion for federal child care block grants

5. $6 billion for university building projects

6. $15 billion for boosting Pell Grant college scholarships

7. $4 billion for job-training programs, including $1.2 billion to provide “youth” summer jobs for people up to the age of 24

8. $1 billion for community development block grants

9. $4.2 billion for “neighborhood stabilization activities”

10. $650 million for digital TV coupons, including $90 million to educate “vulnerable populations”

POORLY DESIGNED TAX RELIEF:

11. $15 billion for business-loss carry-backs

12. $145 billion for “Making Work Pay” tax credits

13. $83 billion for the earned income credit

STIMULUS FOR THE GOVERNMENT:

14. $150 million for the Smithsonian

15. $34 million to renovate the Department of Commerce headquarters

16. $500 million for improvement projects for National Institutes of Health facilities

17. $44 million for repairs to Department of Agriculture headquarters

18. $350 million for Agriculture Department computers

19. $88 million to help move the Public Health Service into a new building next year

20. $448 million for constructing a new Homeland Security Department headquarters

21. $600 million to convert federal auto fleet to hybrids

22. $450 million for National Aeronautics and Space Administration

23. $600 million for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

24. $1 billion for the Census Bureau

INCOME TRANSFERS:

25. $89 billion for Medicaid

26. $30 billion for COBRA insurance extension

27. $36 billion for expanded unemployment benefits

28. $20 billion for food stamps

PURE PORK:

29. $4.5 billion for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

30. $850 million for Amtrak

31. $87 million for a polar icebreaking ship

32. $1.7 billion for the National Park System

33. $55 million for Historic Preservation Fund

34. $7.6 billion for “rural community advancement programs”

35. $150 million for agricultural commodity purchases

36. $150 million for “producers of livestock, honeybees, and farm-raised fish”

RENEWABLE WASTE:

37. $2 billion for renewable energy research

38. $2 billion for a “clean-coal” power plant in Illinois

39. $6.2 billion shall be for the Weatherization Assistance Program

40. $3.5 billion shall be for energy efficiency and conservation block grants

41. $3.4 billion shall be for the State Energy Program

42. $200 million shall be for state and local electric-transport projects

43. $300 million shall be for energy-efficient appliance rebate programs

44. $400 million for hybrid cars for state and local governments

45. $1 billion for the manufacturing of advanced batteries

46. $1.5 billion for green technology loan guarantees

47. $8 billion for innovative technology loan guarantee program

48. $2.4 billion for carbon-capture demonstration projects

49. $4.5 billion for electricity grid

REWARDING STATE IRRESPONSIBILITY:

50. $79 billion for State Fiscal Stabilization Fund

You can read their analysis of each of these areas at the link.

Molon Labe
02-05-2009, 02:21 PM
I didn't see it listed, but my personal favorite was the allotment for a Frisbie park in Pennsylvania.

Sonnabend
02-05-2009, 05:28 PM
? pork ?

$4.5 billion for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

:confused::confused:

hampshirebrit
02-05-2009, 06:26 PM
? pork ?

$4.5 billion for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

:confused::confused:

One of the few items that isn't pork, I'd say.

djones520
02-05-2009, 07:00 PM
? pork ?

$4.5 billion for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

:confused::confused:

Depends on what their using it for. Cause I'll be the first to tell you that the US Military is not a shining paragon of virtue when it comes to not wasting money.

Odysseus
02-05-2009, 07:54 PM
Depends on what their using it for. Cause I'll be the first to tell you that the US Military is not a shining paragon of virtue when it comes to not wasting money.
Actually, you've got it backwards. The problem with the Corps of Engineers is not that they are profligate, it's that they already give back most of their budget at the end of each fiscal year. The proposed $4.5 billion addition pretty much doubles the Corps’ budget, but the Corps already has a $3.2 billion unobligated balance, which is money that was appropriated, but not spent. It's not that the Corps will waste the money, the problem is that they won't use any of it, which means that it will go back into the general fund, where it will then be reappropriated to other agencies. Nice slight of hand there, if your goal is to have a $4.5 billion slush fund for other government agencies.

AHeneen
02-05-2009, 09:08 PM
$15 billion for boosting Pell Grant college scholarships

I don't have a problem with that...it's currently just $600 a year.

jeskibuff
02-05-2009, 09:29 PM
31. $87 million for a polar icebreaking shipWhy is this necessary if the AlGoracle says there will no longer be any ice to break up there?

Sonnabend
02-05-2009, 09:42 PM
. Nice slight of hand there, if your goal is to have a $4.5 billion slush fund for other government agencies.

AH.

Thank you.:)

djones520
02-05-2009, 09:48 PM
Why is this necessary if the AlGoracle says there will no longer be any ice to break up there?

I asked a fellow co-worker that same exact question.

djones520
02-05-2009, 09:49 PM
I don't have a problem with that...it's currently just $600 a year.

It's a good thing indeed. But how will it stimulate the economy? Some of the "pork" items in this package are good idea's. But they don't belong in this thing.

tiger63
02-06-2009, 08:45 AM
None of this entire spending package does anything to provide funds for the masses to spend on things which create real jobs and grow the economy!

All this money will be wasted, and my grandchildren will still be in debt and have no job. Isn't that what
Commies want?

Odysseus
02-06-2009, 10:13 AM
I don't have a problem with that...it's currently just $600 a year.
So? Maybe the Pell grant program is of value, maybe it isn't, maybe it's underfunded, but this is allegedly a stimulus package, and adding a few hundred bucks to a college grant doesn't stimulate the economy.

Why is this necessary if the AlGoracle says there will no longer be any ice to break up there?
Good point. More importantly, an icebreaker would speed up the process, dooming us all to an even quicker meltdown of the polar ice caps. Somebody needs to contact the Goracle and let him know. Call the global warming hot line! Or is it a cool line? I can never tell with these things.

None of this entire spending package does anything to provide funds for the masses to spend on things which create real jobs and grow the economy!
All this money will be wasted, and my grandchildren will still be in debt and have no job. Isn't that what
Commies want?
They want power. The fact that what they will do with the power will make the economic problems worse doesn't faze them. They are so sure of their own innate goodness that they just know that everything will be peachy-keen when they are completely in control of the economy.