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GOP Releases Report On ‘Stimulus’ Waste

From an unfazed ABC News:

Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., left, and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

Stimulus Slammed: Republican Senators Release Report Alleging Waste

Aug. 3, 2010

The Obama administration has credited its $862 billion stimulus program with pulling the economy out of the worst recession since the Great Depression. But a new report by two Republican senators argues the stimulus is riddled with wasteful projects that do not create jobs.

The report, released by Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and John McCain, R-Ariz., highlights 100 stimulus projects that they say have "questionable goals," are "being mismanaged or were poorly planned" and are even "costing jobs and hurting small businesses."

Where was Mr. McCain 18 months ago, when this kind of obvious fraud and waste was news?

The Coburn-McCain report takes issue with stimulus spending on projects like one that entailed research on how cocaine affects monkeys. The Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center was awarded $71,623 to study what the report calls, "Monkeys Getting High for Science."

Go a little further down the list and you’ll find even bigger spending. The California Academy of Sciences is receiving nearly $1 million in stimulus funds to send researchers to the Southwest Indian Ocean Islands and East Africa to capture, photograph and analyze thousands of exotic ants.

There’s also funding for yoga and hot flashes. Researchers at Wake Forest University have received nearly $300,000 to study whether integral yoga "can be an effective method to reduce the frequency and/or severity of hot flashes" in breast cancer survivors.

"I think all of them are waste," McCain told ABC News. "I think none of them really have any meaningful impact on creating jobs. And, of course, some are more egregious than others but all of them are terrible."

In perhaps the most eye-popping instance, the report says oil giant BP, the company behind the worst oil spill in the nation’s history, is benefiting from $308 million given to Hydrogen Energy California — a company it owns — to build a California power plant that won’t even break ground for another two years.

Wouldn’t you know that the first even slightly sensible spending on the list is what ABC News would call “the most eye-popping.” After all, we do need power plants. And their construction would create long term jobs.

The funds were given to BP by the Department of Energy. While the natural gas electricity plant in Kern County would generate enough low-carbon electricity for 150,000 family homes, according to the company, construction will not start for another two years and the plant is not set to become operational until the end of 2014.

"It’s nice to have BP investing in environmentally friendly anything, much less a power plant," McCain quipped.

Thereby revealing himself to be an ass – once again.

The White House Recovery Office maintains Recovery Act funding for the project was offered in June 2009 and officially awarded in September 2009, long before the Gulf spill, and that the award went to a joint venture that is a 50/50 cost-share between Rio Tinto and BP — so BP is not the primary awardee.

In addition, it turns out the $308 million awarded is only made up of $175 million in stimulus funds, with the remaining portion coming from other sources. In fact, the private sector has given the project seven times as much funding as the government has

The project is projected eventually to create more than 1,500 jobs

Oh, yet according to ABC, this is the most “eye-popping” wasteful item on the list.

Another eyebrow-raising endeavor involves the U.S. Forest Service in Washington state, which is spending more than half a million dollars to replace the windows on a visitor center at Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument that today sits closed with no set re-open date

Meanwhile, the town of Boynton, Okla., is spending nearly $90,000 to replace a quarter-mile stretch of sidewalk that’s only five years old

And yet ABC News chose to focus on money being spent to build a hydrogen power plant as the most egregious example of waste.

So typical.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “GOP Releases Report On ‘Stimulus’ Waste”

  1. Illusions says:

    Any one have a link to the full list put out by the GOP? The article doesn’t provide the link to their source, and all Google searches only provide a ’09 list. Unless ABC news is reporting on a year old list to try and stir up party strife.

    • Right of the People says:


      What do you need a link for? All you have to do is look at the entire “stimulus” package to find the waste. Pure and simple it is nearly a billion dollars of wealth redistribution and a democrap re-election slush fund, nothing more, nothing less.

  2. Illusions says:

    Because I prefer to read for my self what was said by our leaders then take the word of the lame street media.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Just look at the entire “Stimulus” package from start to finish.
      Half is waste the other half is ……….where?

      No links needed!

  3. canary says:

    repair a quarter mile stretch of sidewalk in a tiny minority town, Boynton OK

    According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.4 square miles, all of it land.

    2000, there were 274 people, 112 households, and 76 families residing in the town. The population density was 663.1 people per square mile . There were 139 housing units at an average density of 336.4/sq mi.

    The racial makeup of the town was 27.37% White

    55.11% African American, 6.20% Native American, 0.36% from other races, and 10.95% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino…

  4. Mithrandir says:

    The truth is:

    It’s an $862 billion EARMARK bill designed to limit Republicans, and funnel money into democrat districts and their voters.

    ALL spending in a democrat congress is designed to kick-back $ to voters, and protest when Republicans DON’T kick-back dollars to democrat voters.

    Democracy has totally broken down between to rival street gangs battling over money and turf, while disregarding their oaths to do what is right for their country. Now you know why empires fall, they allow invaders to attack, just to rid themselves of the opposing political party….

    Democrats= crips
    Republicans = bloods

    • David says:

      This is a very interesting point. It would be interesting to map out spending by district and compare it to voting records.

  5. Illusions says:

    Thanks for the help guys (sic) I found it thanks to Hannity on Fox.

    It list a full 100 of the worst waste in the bill and goes into depth explaining each with links for each.

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