Some of the wasteful spending that’s included in the Senate’s “stimulus” package.


$2 billion to re-start FutureGen, a coal power plant in Illinois that was defunded because the DOE said it was inefficient

$246M tax break for Hollywood producers to buy, get this, motion picture film

$88M for the Coast Guard to design a new polar icebreaker

$448M for constructing the Homeland Security headquarters

$248M to furnish the Homeland Security headquarters

$600M to buy hybrid vehicles for federal employees

$1.4B for rual waste disposal programs

$125M for the Washington sewer system

$150M for Smithsonian museum facilities

$1B for the 2010 Census. Want to read something scary? Read this. They did this yesterday, 8th, without any fan fair from the media. Imagine if Bush had done this.

$75M for smoking cessation activities

$200M for public computer centers at community colleges

$75M for salaries of employees at the FBI

$25M for tribal alcohol and substance abuse reduction

$500M for flood reduction projects on the Mississippi river

$10M to inspect canals in urban areas

$6B to turn federal buildings “green”

$500M for state and local fire stations

$650M for wildland fire management on forest service lands

$1.2B for youth activities

$88M for renovating the HQ of the Public Health Service

$412M for CDC buildings and property

$500M for building and repairing National Institues of Health facilities in Bethesda, MD

$160M for paid volunteers at the Corporation for National and Community Service

$5.5M for engery efficiency initiatives at the Department of Veterans National Cemetery Administration

$850M for Amtrak

$100M for reducing the hazard of lead-based paint

$75M to construct a security training facility for State Department Security officers

$110M to the Farm Service Agency to upgrade computer systems

$200M in funding for the lease of alternative energy vehicles for use on military instillations

That was a lot of typing. Again, some good things that maybe should be funded but how do they help get the economy back on track?

4 Responses to “What’s Actually Being Stimulated By This Bill? Pt. II”


  • $2 billion to re-start FutureGen, a coal power plant in Illinois that was defunded because the DOE said it was inefficient

    OK. So, we have something that the AGW Believers say is contributing to anthropogenic global warming, which just happens to be in the state Obambi is from. Na, nothing funny going on there.

    $600M to buy hybrid vehicles for federal employees

    Why don’t they buy their of f*****g cars like the rest of us?

    $1.2B for youth activities

    Back to Billy Jeff’s midnight basketball idiocy?

    Seriously, much of the stuff in the bill is understandable, if not MASSIVELY overpriced, but it has no place in a bill meant to stimulate the economy and create jobs. Some of this stuff is just taking money from the public to hook up government workers. There might be some jobs created temporarily, but, really, how many of the people who are out of work now have the necessary skills to do the jobs, particularly so much of the construction, plus, so much seems to be in the DC area.

    $160M for paid volunteers at the Corporation for National and Community Service

    Anyone else see a problem with “paid volunteers?”

    OK, Silke, uber Conservative, time to tell me how I am wrong :)


  • Teach said: OK, Silke, uber Conservative, time to tell me how I am wrong

    What’s the point in arguing over provisions in a bill that might not even end up in the final version? This bill will go into committee where questionable provisions such as this may very well be cut.

    Sorry to disappoint you, Teach. How does that phrase go?…Arguing with a fool makes two fools. :-)


  • Seriously, you think that ultra-left Democrats will remove questionable provisions? This whole thing has been treated almost like a black project, the public has been kept in the dark as much as Congress can. This is a disaster.


  • Teach said: Seriously, you think that ultra-left Democrats will remove questionable provisions?

    No, I think moderate Republicans whose vote was needed to pass the bill in the Senate will remove questionable provisions.

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