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Sesame Street Got $1 Million In Stimulus Funds

From the Washington Examiner:

Sesame Street received $1 mil stimulus bill grant – created “1.47″ jobs

By Sean Higgins | Mon October 8, 2012

Sesame Workshop, the independent nonprofit corporation that produces the popular childrens’ program Sesame Street, received a $1,067,532 stimulus bill grant in August 2010, via the Department of Health and Human Services.

The funding was to promote healthy eating according to the federal Recovery.gov website:

SW [i.e., Sesame Workshop] will carry out an expansion of its highly successful Healthy Habits for Life initiative, which promotes improved nutrition and increased physical activity, targeting low-income preschool-aged children and their families and care providers.

Which raises the question why a highly lucrative, already in production show like Sesame Street needs more taxpayer money to do promote healthy eating among kids? What have they been promoting up to now?

The projected created “1.47″ new jobs, the website reported. How they could calculate this to a hundredth of a percent is anybody’s guess. In any event, that comes out to about $726,000 per job created.

The money is separate from the funds Sesame Workshop receives from the federally-funded Corporation for Public Broadcasting to run the Sesame Street program on PBS stations.

The Recovery Act website lists the healthy eating project as more than 50 percent completed though most of the grant money appears to have been drawn…

And speaking of squandering of the taxpayers’ money, we also have this from Fox News:

Plant that got $150M in taxpayer money to make Volt batteries furloughs workers

By Perry Chiaramonte | Mon October 08, 2012

President Obama touted it in 2010 as evidence "manufacturing jobs are coming back to the United States,” but two years later, a Michigan hybrid battery plant built with $150 million in taxpayer funds is putting workers on furlough before a single battery has been produced.

Workers at the Compact Power manufacturing facilities in Holland, Mich., run by LG Chem, have been placed on rotating furloughs, working only three weeks per month based on lack of demand for lithium-ion cells.

You would think "lack of demand" would be a good thing, since they haven’t been able to make any batteries yet.

The facility, which was opened in July 2010 with a groundbreaking attended by Obama, has yet to produce a single battery for the Chevrolet Volt, the troubled electric car from General Motors. The plant’s batteries also were intended to be used in Ford’s electric Focus.

Production of the taxpayer-subsidized Volt has been plagued by work stoppages, and the effect has trickled down to companies and plants that build parts for it — including the batteries…

"Work stoppages"? Does that mean strikes by the unions?

The 650,000-square-foot, $300 million facility was slated to produce 15,000 batteries per year, while creating hundreds of new jobs. But to date, only 200 workers are employed at the plant by by the South Korean company…

The factory was partly funded by a $150 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. LG also received sizeable tax breaks from the local government, saving nearly $50 million in property taxes over 15 years and another $2.5 million annually in business taxes. Landing the factory was hailed as a coup when shovels first hit the ground.

“You are leading the way in showing how manufacturing jobs are coming right back here to the United States of America,” Obama told workers at the ground-breaking ceremony. “Our goal has never been to create a government program, but rather to unleash private-sector growth. And we’re seeing results.”

Randy Boileau, a spokesperson for LG Chem in Holland, told FoxNews.com that battery production is expected to pick up once Volt assembly lines in Detroit resume production on Oct. 15…

And when the demand for the Volt really starts to skyrocket.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, October 9th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Sesame Street Got $1 Million In Stimulus Funds”

  1. captstubby

    “President Obama touted it in 2010 as evidence “manufacturing jobs are coming back to the United States,” but two years later, a Michigan hybrid battery plant built with $150 million in taxpayer funds is putting workers on furlough before a single battery has been produced. ”

    well now he can honestly say,
    ” you didn’t build that.”

  2. Petronius

    Everybody talks about Big Bird.

    But isn’t Cookie Monster a more appropriate metaphor for our times?

    Yes, what about poor Cookie Monster, now denied his eponymous snack? … Cookie Monster, struck down in his prime, when sugar became politically incorrect?

    Now Cookie Monster is relegated to eating carrots, apples, egg plant, and arugula.

    Yes, the horror of it. It makes Kurtz’s famous horror look naive. That was 19th century horror and imaginative. This is 21st century horror and factual.

  3. GetBackJack

    There’s something quite icky talking about stimulating Big Bird




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