Theodore's World: List of Where SOME of the Money Went In Obama's February Stimulus Bill ~ Good Grief!

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November 04, 2009

List of Where SOME of the Money Went In Obama's February Stimulus Bill ~ Good Grief!

After a flurry of stimulus spending, questionable projects pile up

The Examiner

Sources: Office of the Senate Minority Leader, Office of Sen. Tom Coburn

By: Susan Ferrechio

The $787 billion stimulus bill was passed in February and was promised as a job saver and economy booster. Here is where some of the money went:

- $300,000 for a GPS-equipped helicopter to hunt for radioactive rabbit droppings at the Hanford nuclear reservation in Washington state.

- $30 million for a spring training baseball complex for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies.

- $11 million for Microsoft to build a bridge connecting its two headquarter campuses in Redmond, Wash., which are separated by a highway.

- $430,000 to repair a bridge in Iowa County, Wis., that carries 10 or fewer cars per day.

- $800,000 for the John Murtha Airport in Johnstown, Pa., serving about 20 passengers per day, to build a backup runway.

- $219,000 for Syracuse University to study the sex lives of freshmen women.

- $2.3 million for the U.S. Forest Service to rear large numbers of arthropods, including the Asian longhorned beetle, the nun moth and the woolly adelgid.

- $3.4 million for a 13-foot tunnel for turtles and other wildlife attempting to cross U.S. 27 in Lake Jackson, Fla.

- $1.15 million to install a guardrail for a persistently dry lake bed in Guymon, Okla.

- $9.38 million to renovate a century-old train depot in Lancaster County, Pa., that has not been used for three decades.

- $2.5 million in stimulus checks sent to the deceased.

- $6 million for a snow-making facility in Duluth, Minn.

- $173,834 to weatherize eight pickup trucks in Madison County, Ill.

- $20,000 for a fish sperm freezer at the Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery in South Dakota.

- $380,000 to spay and neuter pets in Wichita, Kan.

- $300 apiece for thousands of signs at road construction sites across the country announcing that the projects are funded by stimulus money.

- $1.5 million for a fence to block would-be jumpers from leaping off the All-American Bridge in Akron, Ohio.

- $1 million to study the health effects of environmentally friendly public housing on 300 people in Chicago.

- $356,000 for Indiana University to study childhood comprehension of foreign accents compared with native speech.

- $983,952 for street beautification in Ann Arbor, Mich., including decorative lighting, trees, benches and bike paths.

- $148,438 for Washington State University to analyze the use of marijuana in conjunction with medications like morphine.

- $462,000 to purchase 22 concrete toilets for use in the Mark Twain National Forest in Missouri

- $3.1 million to transform a canal barge into a floating museum that will travel the Erie Canal in New York state.

- $1.3 million on government arts jobs in Maine, including $30,000 for basket makers, $20,000 for storytelling and $12,500 for a music festival.

- $71,000 for a hybrid car to be used by student drivers in Colchester, Vt., as well as a plug-in hybrid for town workers decked out with a sign touting the vehicle's energy efficiency.

- $1 million for Portland, Ore., to replace 100 aging bike lockers and build a garage that would house 250 bicycles

Wild Thing's comment......

ALL of them are insane, I only highlighted a few of them. LOL

There is only one item on that list worth funding. The US Forest Service Asian Longhorn Beetle study.

That beetle has the potential to devastate US forests, which would have a major impact on the US economy. There is no effective way to kill the beetle.

....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

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Posted by Wild Thing at November 4, 2009 04:48 AM


$179,000 to weatherize 8 pickup trucks? My gosh, you cold have bought 8 new trucks for that price.

This is freaking nuts.

Posted by: BobF at November 4, 2009 07:54 AM

And we wonder why Americans waste their own money..... What an example of idiocy!
"99.999% of Terrorists are Muslim!"

Posted by: Frankly Opinionated at November 4, 2009 08:05 AM

Some seem legit, but with the money Microsoft has, they could have built that bridgeway themselves for far less!

Posted by: Lynn at November 4, 2009 08:14 AM

They can't handle, the stimulus without wasting money on garbage, Radioactive Rabbit droppings?, Sending stimulus checks to the dead, I guess this is a pay back for all the democrat votes they cast recently.

Then there is the H1N1 vaccine fiasco, they had a years worth of planning and still screwed it up. Come to find out, the manufacturer has to make up individual syringes with the vaccine, instead of a 30ml vial as per seasonal vaccine, much more costly. If it can't run the epidemiological equivalent of a two-car funeral, how can Obama promise that the government will do an adequate job of managing the nation's health care system?

Posted by: Mark at November 4, 2009 09:17 AM

This is depressing. In a few weeks I will be sending my fourth quarterly payment to the IRS. It will be difficult writing that check as I realize it will be funding Hamas "refugees" coming to America, obama's trip to pick up his Nobel Peace Prize and some projects like many of the above.

Posted by: TomR at November 4, 2009 12:08 PM

Thank you everyone so much.

I agree it is harder then ever paying
taxes when we see this kind of thing

Posted by: Wild Thing at November 4, 2009 07:35 PM

We thr people are being ripped off and we kno it and the know they are doing it. What is difficult to believe is that they wonn't stop it because they are aftaid of somelne else getting the money.

Posted by: Avitar at November 4, 2009 11:22 PM

This is the Obamasiah we speak about -$2.5 million in stimulus checks sent to the deceased... ARISE AND WALK AGAIN!!! That is the ultimate stimulis!!! And let us be fair. Remember , the dead do not vote Democrat 100% of the time-they vote Democrat only 96% of the time. They "reach accross the aisle" at least 4%. I wonder if any of the 4% deceased Republican electorate would have voted for Scuzzafava (sic)in N.Y. 23 had she not dropped out?

Posted by: Willy at November 5, 2009 03:19 AM