Obama’s Pork Bill (AKA by the media as the Economic Stimulus Bill)

Line items that do not stimulate the economy…

My biggest questions

·  $2.4 billion for projects to demonstrate how carbon greenhouse gas can be safely removed from the atmosphere.

Ummm, Plant a tree? You need $2.4 billion to stuffy how to plant trees and other vegetation?

·  $1 billion for Amtrak, which hasn’t earned a profit in four decades.

·  $2 billion to help subsidize child care.

·  $400 million for research into global warming.

·  $2.4 billion for projects to demonstrate how carbon greenhouse gas can be safely removed from the atmosphere.

·  $650 million for coupons to help consumers convert their TV sets from analog to digital, part of the digital TV conversion.

·  $600 million to buy a new fleet of cars for federal employees and government departments.

·  $75 million to fund programs to help people quit smoking.

·  $21 million to re-sod the National Mall, which suffered heavy use during the Inauguration.

·  $2.25 billion for national parks. This item has sparked calls for an investigation, because the chief lobbyist of the National Parks Association is the son of Rep. David R. Obey, D-Wisc. The $2,25 billion is about equal to the National Park Service’s entire annual budget. The Washington Times reports it is a threefold increase over what was originally proposed for parks in the stimulus bill. Obey is chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.

·  $335 million for treatment and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases.

·  $50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts. $4.19 billion to stave off foreclosures via the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. The bill allows nonprofits to compete with cities and states for $3.44 billion of the money, which means a substantial amount of it will be captured by ACORN, the controversial activist group currently under federal investigation for vote fraud. Another $750 million would be exclusively reserved for nonprofits such as ACORN – meaning cities and states are barred from receiving that money. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., charges the money could appear to be a “payoff” for the partisan political activities community groups in the last election cycle.

·  $44 million to renovate the headquarters building of the Agriculture Department.

·  $32 billion for a smart electricity grid to minimize waste.

·  $87 billion of Medicaid funds, to aid states.

·  $53.4 billion for science facilities, high speed Internet, and miscellaneous energy and environmental programs.

·  $13 billion to repair and weatherize public housing, help the homeless, repair foreclosed homes.

·  $20 billion for quicker depreciation and write-offs for equipment.

·  $10.3 billion for tax credits to help families defray the cost of college tuition.

·  $20 billion over five years for an expanded food stamp program.  

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