Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Oh, the Woe.

Do you remember my earlier post, Massive Economic Woe? Well do I ever have woe for you. I'm sure you've heard about this stimulus package that will not stimulate? (You know, the one has Conservatives like me tied in knots?) Here's peek at what the Democrats want to do with YOUR money. Will any of this stimulate anything?

From There's My Two Cents:

- up to $18 billion to crush brand new cars (yes, literally crush them - SUVs and trucks)
- $5 billion for ACORN
- $500,000 for dog parks
- $4.5 million for butterfly gardens
- $6 million for water slides
- $886,000 for a disc golf course
- $20 million "for the removal of small- to medium-sized fish passage barriers." (whatever those are...)
- $25 million to rehabilitate off-roading (ATV) trails
- $34 million to remodel the Department of Commerce headquarters
- $70 million to "Support Supercomputing Activities" for climate research
- $2 billion earmark to re-start FutureGen, a near-zero emissions coal power plant in Illinois that the Dept. of Energy defunded last year because the project was inefficient
- $246 million tax break for Hollywood movie producers to buy motion picture film (this has already been killed, but I thought you should know they wanted it)
- $88 million for the Coast Guard to design a new polar icebreaker (arctic ship)
- $448 million for constructing the Dept. of Homeland Security headquarters
- $248 million for furniture at the new Dept. of Homeland Security headquarters
- $600 million to buy hybrid vehicles for federal employees
- $400 million for the CDC to screen and prevent STD's
- $1.4 billion for a rural waste disposal programs
- $125 million for the Washington, D.C. sewer system
- $150 million for Smithsonian museum facilities
- $1 billion for the 2010 Census, which has a projected cost overrun of $3 billion
- $75 million for "smoking cessation activities"
- $200 million for public computer centers at community colleges
- $75 million for salaries of employees at the FBI
- $25 million for tribal alcohol and substance abuse reduction
- $500 million for flood reduction projects on the Mississippi River
- $10 million to inspect canals in urban areas
- $6 billion to turn federal buildings into "green" buildings
- $500 million for state and local fire stations
- $650 million for wildland fire management on Forest Service lands
- $150 million for Smithsonian museum facilities
- $1.2 billion for "youth activities," including youth summer job programs
- $88 million for renovating the headquarters of the Public Health Service
- $412 million for CDC buildings and property
- $500 million for building and repairing NIH facilities in Bethesda, MD
- $160 million for "paid volunteers" at the Corporation for National and Community Service
- $5.5 million for "energy efficiency initiatives" at the VA "National Cemetery Administration"
- $850 million for Amtrak
- $100 million for reducing the hazard of lead-based paint
- $75M to construct a new "security training" facility for State Dept Security officers when they can be trained at existing facilities of other agencies
- $110 million to the Farm Service Agency to upgrade computer systems
- $200 million in funding for the lease of alternative energy vehicles for use on military installations
- unspecified millions to illegal immigrants (in the form of 'rebate' checks)

Are you writhing yet? You should be. 'Cause guess who's gonna be paying for all this? Yeah. You.

And why is there not $2 million or something for ditch-digging on that list? Come on Obama, you wanna be like FDR, dontcha? These 3 million new jobs'll have to come from somewhere in all this fatty goodness. (That was sarcasm, by the way.) Anyway...

People, the only thing this bill is going to do is instill socialism and misery, and we'll be paying for it for... probably until about the end of the world. Or our country, whichever comes first.

You feelin' that woe yet?

P.S.: Sorry, I forgot about the Honeybee insurance. Does anyone know how much that's gonna cost?

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