Senators John McCain and Tom Coburn have compiled a list of the 100 Worst Uses of Stimulus Funds, and it’s a real eye-opener. You want to know where your tax dollars are going? Take a good look here.
Among the lowlights:
- In Amboy, WA the government is spending over half a million taxpayer dollars to replace the windows in a visitor center that has been closed for three years and is not scheduled to reopen.
- In Charlotte, NC the government is spending nearly three quarters of a million dollars of your money to develop “a computerized choreography program” that will, the creators insist, “define an evolving system that assists in the design and production of interactive dance performances with real-time audience interaction.”
- In Glassboro, NJ, $1.2 million dollars is being spent converting a long-abandoned train station into a museum that will be responsible for “interpreting local history in its proper setting.”
- Scientists from sunny California have been given $1.9 million dollars of your money to study exotic ants in Africa. “Everyone has run into ants…now we need to listen to them.”
- In Boynton, Oklahoma, the sidewalks are being replaced, despite the fact that the sidewalks were replaced only five years ago. Out of your pocket: over $89,000 dollars.
- Over half a million of your dollars are being spent to determine the impact of the local population on the environment. In Nepal.
- In Evanston, Illinois researchers at Northwestern University have received over $700,000 in order to figure out how to get a computer to make jokes. For twenty-five cents they could have just called the makers of Vista.
- One million taxpayer dollars are going to buy iPods for students at Kearns High School in Utah. They will use the devices in class, take them home and, if they graduate on time, they get to keep them.
- Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland has been given the bizarre sum of $600,001 dollars to look for meteors in the Antarctic.
- Researchers at the University of Missouri have been given almost $200,000 taxpayer dollars to develop a better way of freezing rat sperm.
While the 100 items on this list constitute a small fraction of the total amount being spent, my guess is that there are a few hundred more items just like these. Meanwhile, unemployment continues to hover around 9.5% in direct contradiction to what the Obama Administration promised us the stimulus would achieve (unemployment rate kept below 8%), and the
Tax Cheat Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner warns us that the unemployment rate could go up before it comes down. Meanwhile, Hot Air notes that manufacturing has dropped by nearly 2% and private sector wages have dropped.
So…how’s the Summer of Recovery working out for you?
Here’s how it’s working out for Andrew Klavan: