As we close in on the election, I’ve noticed Democrats aren’t touting their February 2009 Stimulus Bill, which as revised by the Congressional Budget Office, cost $862 billion.
In December 2009, the LA Times reported $157,8 billion in stimulus funds had been spent to save 640,320 jobs. Wow, that’s only $246,346 per job!
Woohoo! We redirected, borrowed, or printed nearly $250,000 to save a job.
Isn’t the government efficient?
In October of 2009 the government released the data that the “average payroll employee (for October 2009) was $59,867. The government spends FOUR TIMES the average salary to “Create a Job”. Using their ridiculous figures and the average payroll – that would have been 2.4 million jobs.
So this was the recent headline:
NIH, spent $823,200 of economic stimulus funds in 2009 on a study by a UCLA research team to teach uncircumcised African men how to wash their genitals after having sex. (read http://deskofbrian.com/2010/09/how-have-we-spent-the-stimulus-823000-went-to-african-genital-washing-program/)
Let’s review what we’ve spent some of this money on…
Mapping Radioactive Rabbit Feces $300,000
University of Hawaii: Honey Bee Study $210,000
Oregon Fishermen:Lost Crab Pot Recovery $700,000
Mark Penn (repay Hillary Clinton campaign debt) $5,970,000
Univ. of Arizona/Ariz State: Ant Research $970,000
Connecticut insect research $2,300,000
Duluth, Minn. Snow Making Facility (15th in yearly snowfall) $6 million
Minn. (Heart of Beast) socially conscious Puppet Show $100,000
Penn State fossil research in Argentina $1,570,000
Lockheed Martin: study supersonic corporate Jet $4,700,000
Washington State visitor center(closed in 2007) repairs $554,763
National Institute of Health:study college students sex lives $219,000
California College students to poll African election patterns $230,000
Study how cocaine effects monkeys’ brains $147,000
Study on ‘Why Young Men Don’t Like Condoms’ $221,000
Tennessee Mall: Geothermal heating (mall’s nearly empty) $5,000,000
Study Buffalo, NY residents’ drinking habits $400,000
Boynton, Oklahoma: replace 5 year old sidewalks $90,000
Sunset Strip renovation $1,000,000
Lancaster, PA Train Station(not used for decades) Renovation $9.38 million
Facebook privacy study $498,000
Turtle Tunnel in Tallahassee, Florida $3,400,000
Wichita, Kansas: Spay and Neuter pets $380,000 – this includes an undisclosed amount for roads as well
Georgia Tech University study on improvised music $762,372
“Dance Draw” – UNC: Charlotte (interactive dance) $750,000
Land purchase Arizona and Colorado Spring Training Facilities $30 Million
Connecticut WNBA team’s practice facility $50 million
Light rail tunnel under the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh $62.5 million
Fire Stations in San Antonio (2 stations) $73 million
Read more: http://deskofbrian.com/2010/09/stimulus-bill-the-latest-receipt-on-wasteful-spending/