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Ten Of The More Outrageous Stimulus Projects

From the Washington Free Beacon:

The 10 Most Outrageous Stimulus Projects

By Elizabeth Harrington | February 17, 2014

Today marks the five-year anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Commonly known as the stimulus, the nearly $1 trillion law was hailed as an opportunity to bring America into the “21st century.” …

Five years and at least $816.3 billion later, here are 10 ways the government wasted taxpayer money.

And, as we have noted, the stimulus has actually cost more than $2 trillion dollars, because it has added an $500 billion dollars to the budget over the last four years.

10) $1.3 Million for Stimulus Highway Signs

$1.3 million was spent for signs on highways to advertise that infrastructure spending was paid for by the stimulus.

A spokesperson from the Ohio Department of Transportation said taxpayers want to know “where their stimulus dollars went,” after spending $1 million on the signs. Pennsylvania ($140,000), New York ($100,000), and Colorado ($55,000) also spent money on the road signs brought to you by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

9) $152K to Get Lesbians Ready for ‘Adoptive Parenthood’

The law spent $152,000 on a study by Clark University, in Worcester, Mass., designed to stimulate adoption by lesbians. Trustees at the university interviewed 50 lesbian couples to “investigate the unique strengths and potential challenges of lesbian couples” as parents.

8) $600,000 to Plant Trees in Wealthy Neighborhoods

Government workers went door-to-door in the wealthiest neighborhoods in Denver giving away trees as part of a $600,000 stimulus project.

Costing $150 each, government workers justified the trees as potentially saving energy costs by providing shade. The program suggested the government funds would jump-start the economy by creating jobs for those who planted the trees.

7) $384,949 Study of Duck Penises

A $384,949 grant was given to Yale University for a study entitled, “Sexual Conflict, Social Behavior, and the Evolution of Waterfowl Genitalia.”

A National Science Foundation spokesperson defended the study, saying, “Government funded grants for research have assisted in creating the barcode and Google.”

6) $1.2 Million Study of Erectile Dysfunction in Overweight Men

$1.2 million in stimulus funds went to study impotence in overweight men. The University of California-San Francisco used the funding to conduct 200 video interviews, at a cost of $6,000 each.

5) $100,000 Anti-Capitalist Puppet Shows

“In The Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre,” a Che Guevara-inspired puppet theater in Minnesota, received $100,000 in stimulus money, according to a report by Sen. Tom Coburn (R., Okla.). The funds included $25,000 to help preserve one job, and $25,000 to produce “socially-conscious puppet shows.”

4) $389,357 for College Students to Keep a Diary of Their Marijuana and Malt Liquor Use

Coburn’s report also found that researchers at the State University of New York at Buffalo were given $389,357 to pay young people to record their daily malt liquor drinking and marijuana use. Buffalo-area residents were paid $45 each to record their daily smoking usage through an automated phone hotline.

3) $3.4 Million Turtle Tunnel

A $3.4 million underground turtle tunnel providing “eco-passage” in Florida also had its origins in the stimulus package. The funding was given to Dr. Matt Aresco, who had been on a “10-year mission to help the turtles cross the road.”

2) $8,408 Study to See if Mice Get Drunk

Florida Atlantic University received $8,408 in stimulus funding to see if mice get drunk after consuming alcohol. The researchers surmised that since “humans who consume alcohol have trouble with ‘navigation, memory, and attention,’” maybe mice would too.

1) $535 Million on Solyndra

Just two years after receiving $535 million from the stimulus, Solyndra filed for bankruptcy. The company was the first to receive a federal loan guarantee from the stimulus. Solyndra’s biggest investor, George Kaiser, was a bundler for the Obama campaign.

At least four other companies received stimulus money only to later file for bankruptcy, including Olsen’s Mills Acquisition Co., which received $10 million to increase employment, and Evergreen Solar Inc., which received $5.3 million to install 11,000 photovoltaic panels.

So where was Sherrif Joe? We thought ‘nobody messed with Joe.’

For the record, back as early as June of 2009, Senator Tom Coburn pointed out 100 stimulus projects that were obvious boondoggles. And none of them were stopped. Which probably helps explain why he is giving up and retiring from Congress.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, February 18th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Ten Of The More Outrageous Stimulus Projects”

  1. Not a penny for you, though

  2. canary

    Sick. I guessed duck penis length study was gays angered by M&F ducks mate for life gays. Turns out the 5 year study it to make better sex toys .

    “experiments on the
    social phenotypic plasticity in duck penis length in Lesser Scaup and Ruddy Duck.

    Experiments continued on genital social phenotypic plasticity in Mandarin Duck and Laysan Teal

    Many duck penises are cork-screw shaped and some scientists believe this is because of a form of evolution known as “sexual conflict”.”

    A duck expert named “Wing” says “”The study met the criteria of the NSF panel of scientific peers as part of the grant approval process.””

    Sick. Where is the outrage from PETA when ducks are being molested and their genitalia mutilated for the sake of mad scientists.


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