Where Is The Stimulus Money Being Spent?

Obama Fudged Facts on Job Creation

The Obama in the first years of his presidency has talked about his creation of new jobs. His administration states it has created or saved 640,000 jobs based on data of those who received loans or grants through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. This data is obviously overstated by thousands of jobs. The unemployment rate is 9.8% despite a $787 billion economic stimulus package pushed through Congress in February. The Associated Press review found counts as high as ten times the actual number of jobs created due to stimulus money.

Maybe you wonder what some of this money is being used for, so here are a few examples:

1. $300,000 for Mapping Radioactive Rabbit Feces in Federal Stimulus Money This is done by a helicopter with mounted detectors flying over desert scrub. This is very important because??!!!!??

2. $4,2000 - $5,000 Tax Credit For Purchasing Golf Carts: President Obama’s Stimulus Plan to make sure everyone has this necessity of life.

3. $219,000 To Study the Sex Lives of Female College Freshmen. “Five hundred Syracuse University Freshmen Will Divulge The Details of Their Sex Lives” This is called “The Women’s Health Project”. I wonder with those long winters, snowbound days would their sex lives differ from say San Diego freshmen???

4. $1 Million to Renovate “The Sunset Strip.”This is just part of the $7 million that is being spent to give the 78 year old strip a facelift. I’m not sure why federal money is being spent on a tourist attraction in California.

5. $2.3 Million for Bug Research In Connecticut. The Federal stimulus money rearing large numbers of arthropods, such as “Nasty Invasive Insects Like the Asian Long horned Beetle, The Nun Moth, and the infamous ‘Predator of the Hemlock,’ The Woolly Adelgid. A quarantine research facility in Ansonia will be repaired for use in this fun job.

6. $6 Million For A Snowmaking Facility In The 15thSnowiestCity In The Country. And that would be the wonderful city of Duluth, Minn. And we have children in this country who go to bed hungry every night???

7. $500,000 To Study “Social Networks LikeFacebookThis is a 3 year grant awarded to Cox. We assume we have some privacy by the way we set up our accounts but apparently this will be lost.

8. $380,000 To Spay And Neuter Pets In Wichita, Kansas. The City recently launched a $55,000 project to spay and neuter pets of low-income residents. Unwanted pets ultimately cost $240 apiece to collect, board and euthanize. This has created 32 jobs so far.

9. $3.4 Million For A Turtle Tunnel In Florida. This will help turtles cross a highway in Tallahassee, Florida. I want this contract! How ridiculous! Aren’t there some dangerous bridges that need repair?

10. $30 Million For A Spring Training Baseball Complex For the Arizona Diamondbacks and The ColoradoRockies. This complex will be built on tribal land. The Pima-Maricopa Indian Community says it may borrow as much as $30 million of the estimated cost of the $100 million complex near Scottsdale that will become the spring home of the teams. I can see that this package would put some people to work, but couldn’t they find another place that would be cheaper? I mean there is a lot of desert in that are

11. $300,000 Million For John Murtha’s Airport In Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The airport offers only 3 commercial flights a day. This has got to be right near the top of the King of Pork! They received $800,000 from the stimulus to repave a crosswind runway that’s used as a backup to the facility’s main landing runway. This airport also supports an unstaffed $8 million air traffic radar system installed in 2004. They have no need for this type of system in an airport of this size.

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This list could just keep on growing but we've made the point.. The waste of tax dollars is a good reason to consider term limits. The Congressmen and Women with more power get more pork. We have bridges that aren’t safe and roads that need paving.. Maybe we could begin to repay the deficit. There's a novel idea. Of course, it looks like ultimately China will own our country since they are financing everything at this point. I could think of a huge number of worth while uses for the stimulus money, like helping small businesses stay afloat, etc. There has certainly got to be a better use for our tax dollars.

It is frustrating as a taxpayer to read these things. I am thinking of applying for one of these grants for a psychological study. I occasionally cat sit (Orlando) my son’s 16 pound cat when they are traveling. I also have a cat named Oscar, also 16 pounds. When they are here they both use the same litter box, Orlando’s. Is this a power play by Oscar? They also eat each others food. I won't even begin to describe the chase scenes. I am sure we could do a long term study and learn a lot more about cats for about $500,000. Then I could write a detailed report with my findings. What do you think?

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jiberish profile image

jiberish 7 years ago from florida

We should all be bailed out. Great Hub.


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Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV

Sounds like a worthwhile study to me. You may have to join either ACORN or SEIU to be eligible. Speaking of infrastructure I read this article today.

http://www.sphere.com/2009/10/29/across-us-infrast...|main|dl1|link3|http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sphere.com%2F2009%2F10%2F29%2Facross-us-infrastructure-is-crumbling%2F


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Pamela99 7 years ago from United States Author

Thanks Tom. Unfortunately, I just don't think I could bring myself to join. That article you refer to is exactly is explains precisely where the money needs to be spent now, not next year around election time. As I understand it, most of the stimulus money has not been released but a lot will be released next year as we near election time. That sounds like a political motive versus what's good for people now.


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breakfastpop 7 years ago

Dear Pamela,

Our government at work. It makes me sick! Great hub, send it to your representatives.


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Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV

Pamela,

The CIT bankruptcy will cost the taxpayers $2.3 billion since the government bought common stock. If a student or graduate files for bankruptcy they cant include their student loans in the filing. They still owe their government debt.


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Pamela99 7 years ago from United States Author

Thanks Pop. We need to have a voice in how this money is spent. And Tom, this CIT bankruptcy is disgusting. The taxpayers footing the bill for their mismanagement. Seems unfair for students that have to go bankrupt to not include all their debt. If you owe the IRS I think it is the same way.


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Roberta99 7 years ago

Tremendous article. Much more needs to be written about these grants. Most people do not realize what is happening to our government. It is downright scary. Keep up the good work.


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MikeNV 7 years ago from Henderson, NV

The Federal Reserve has got to go

http://www.house.gov/paul/congrec/congrec2002/cr09...

http://hubpages.com/politics/The-Most-Appalling-an...

It's business as usual in Washington. Congress even gave themselves a big Budget Increase this year to reward themselves for such a terrific job.

People have got to wake up! Just today the Whitehouse Spin Machine was spewing the lie the the Economy is on the way to recovery. Lost only 520,000 jobs and they were expecting 530,000 jobs lost. So it's slowing therefore recovering. BS.


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Pamela99 7 years ago from United States Author

Mike, I fully agree with you. The unemployment rate is still 9.5% today so that says they have made no progress in recovery. I read your article and it is a real eyeopener. It's a lot to think about.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

$300,000 for rabbit feces!? You've got to be kidding me. My goodness. Thank you for bringing this into the light of day. You are a warrior for the truth.


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Pamela99 7 years ago from United States Author

Thank you James.


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Petra Vlah 6 years ago from Los Angeles

What a sick idea to speand money like this when the country is having such serious poroblem and so many people are suffering

I knew Washington was the big spender, but never imagine will spend our money on such stupid projects. TOTAL OUTRAGE


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Petra, I think many feel total outrage. They keep raising taxes when they need to be making some serious cuts. I hope we can vote out the big spender on both sides of the aisle in November. Thanks for your comment.


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Dobson 6 years ago from Virginia

I detest the way the government chooses to use such measureas as saving or creating 2 million jobs when they know full well no one can totally claim credit for such. It gives them plenty of wiggle room, especially since there is always some anomaly along the way to blame when their numbers are not as promised.

I feel like the American people have been fleeced and it makes me quite ill. Apparently not enough people care to change things however.

Nice job enumerating the fallacy of the government's plan!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Dobson, Thank you so much for your comment. I can only hope the future elections will change things.


jroot2187 6 years ago from Omaha, NE

With the chief economic adviser to the Obama admin. resigning today maybe--just maybe--that will indicate to everyone (especially those who didn't already know this) that there is a strong disconnect b/t the academia (socialist utopia) world and the real world. Many of the current admins were qualified based upon there education credentials (phds). While they may be very smart--I'm not denying them of that--they simply don't have the first clue to how to create, manage, and grow a business (hint:private sector jobs>>>public sector). For some reason they possess this arrogance like they're the smartest person in the world--phd!--and then they are elected to office promising to right the ship...Well I'm still waiting! Now with all the dems reps, senators, and now some advisors jumping ship this pretty well verifies my previous beliefs--these guys have no freakin' clue what they're doing

Great post. really disheartening to see where all the $$$ is going :(


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

jroot, I think you analyzed the problem accurately. I appreciate your comments.


Roberta99 profile image

Roberta99 4 years ago

I can see this article is not new but the spending is still growing. It is very frightening to think about where this country is headed if Obama is re-elected.


Pamela99 profile image

Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

Roberta, I agree with you and thank you for your comments.


Matt 4 years ago

You forgot 288 billion in tax cuts for 95% of the country. I know how important the "whole" truth is to you, so I'm sure you'll thank me for pointing out that oversight.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

Matt, Since only half the countries even pay taxes that is hardly possible. I think you need to study up and quite drinking the koolaide.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

I think your cat study bears a great deal of validity, however...do you really think that $500,000 is enough money? After all, the "powers that be" can always print more! Oh dear me...I hope people vote with a certain degree of intelligence in the upcoming elections...or we will be doomed with more ridiculous expenditures like the ones you cited. Good hub Pamela!


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

Peggy, I wrote this hub so long ago I had forgotten about it. I certainly hope people will really consider the past few years before they vote also. We must reduce the debt and create some jobs. The future looks very bleak otherwise. Thanks for your comments.

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