Thursday, February 12, 2009


Ahh, it's time to see what this bill includes. readers read over the bill and supplied this list, at first glance:
What follows is a list of some of the more fascinating -- if less stimulating -- items in the bill:
-- $198 million for pensions for Filipinos who fought alongside the U.S. during WWII.
-- $450 million for NASA: "Science"
-- $200 million for NASA: "Aeronautics"
-- $28 billion for special education, Head Start and child care and development programs for disadvantaged children.
-- $100 million for the Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Grant Program
-- $200 million to the Leaking Underground Storage Tank Trust Fund Program
-- $300 million for "Violence Against Women Prevention and Prosecution Programs"
-- $900 million for the IRS for the "Limitation on Administrative Expenses"
-- $1 million for the Railroad Retirement Board for administrative costs
-- $2 billion for the Drinking Water State Revolving Act
-- $50 million for Health and Human Services to carry out injury prevention programs
-- $1.1 billion for studies on the effectiveness of different medical treatments -- $200 million to upgrade labs and facilities for the Department of Agriculture "to improve workplace safety and mission-area efficiencies"
-- $10 million for urban canal inspection
-- $16 billion to pay for student financial aid
-- $1 billion to pay for the U.S. Census
-- $600 million to pay for a fuel-efficient federal auto fleet
-- $650 million for the Digital Converter Box Program to help the constantly delayed transition from analog television
-- $485 million to the Forest Service for "hazardous fuels reduction and hazard mitigation activities in areas at high risk of catastrophic wildfire"
-- Up to $1 billion for "summer activities" for youths as old as 24
-- $40 million for the occupational research agenda
-- $3 billion for the Centers for Disease Control wellness programs and vaccinations
-- $410 million for Indian health facilities
-- $2.4 billion for carbon-capture demonstrations

I've paraphrased a little bit, and added emphasis for the B in billions.

Not even included are the Socialized Healthcare Approval/Rejection system, money for Pelosi's swamp rats, or the high speed rail initiatives (rumored to mainly be used for a high-speed rail line between LA and Las Vegas - benefitting Pelosi and Reed's states respectively).

And certainly don't forget the $2.4bn for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere on the last line there - we need it to get colder out there after all.

The claim is that everything in there creates jobs. For whom? Construction workers? Where are the benefits for our businesses - you know, the folks that actually EMPLOY workers? All this is going to do is result in more debt, raising taxes even further (our corporate tax rates are already almost the highest in the world), and put more people out of work so they can dig ditches for the new CO2 scrubbers.

I'm entirely disgusted, but I expected nothing else from these idiots.

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