Theodore's World: Top 10 Ridiculous Stimulus Programs

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December 31, 2009

Top 10 Ridiculous Stimulus Programs

10. $427,824 Research Grant for Seniors citizens video games

9. Funding of a Dartmouth College study involving “sexual arousal in anesthetized female rats” ($9,870).

8. Funding of a $168,300 SBA loan to the Escape Massage parlor in Midlothian, VA.

7. Funding a $447,492 Univ. of North Carolina study on the development and use of “African American English” amongst 70 adolescents.

6. $10,346 for a heating and cooling company to provide “escort services” for other companies performing a laser scanning survey at a courthouse in Honolulu, Hawaii.

5. An academic study comparing outcomes of the concurrent and separate use of malt liquor and marijuana ($389,357).

4. A $225,000 study at Ohio State University on the relative and combined impacts of air pollution and a high fat diet on obesity development.

3. A $712,883 research grant to develop “machine-generated humor“. Project will design artificially intelligent “comedic performance agents”, and will “deploy them both on and off-line for the enjoyment and illumination of everyday citizens”.

2. A $54 million project to relocate one bridge for the Napa Valley Wine Train (!) in order to mitigate the possible impact of a “100 year storm event”.

1. $9.3 million to fund the design and development of a “coordinated colony of robotic bees“!

H/T Verum Serum

On the basis that they have created jobs, let me add that a grand total of 19.79 jobs were reported to have been created as a result of this spending. That’s 19.79 jobs for $65.7 million in federal spending, or roughly $3.3 million per job. This calculation comes from the job totals reported to by the recipients, although it does not include any possible jobs created from the SBA loan to the massage parlor (apparently SBA loan recipients aren’t required to report this). It also includes 2 jobs which were reported as having been created for the “escort” boondoggle to Hawaii, which were apparently generated by a grant of only $10K.


Wild Thing's comment.........

White House projections in February claimed the $789 billion in spending would "create or save 3.5 million jobs over the next two years" and that over 90 percent of those jobs would be in the private sector. We knew that was BS back then and it still is.

Obama is just buying votes.

Posted by Wild Thing at December 31, 2009 05:40 AM


Shoot, they spent 2 million dollars in Texas to weatherize 7 houses.

For 2 million dollars, they could have built 14 houses.

Posted by: BobF at December 31, 2009 10:02 AM

Another reason to dump everyone in Washington.

Posted by: Mark at December 31, 2009 07:26 PM

BobF., thanks so much for the video.


Posted by: Wild Thing at January 1, 2010 01:00 AM

Mark, ditto that!!!!

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 1, 2010 01:02 AM