Monday, February 16, 2009


At Reason magazine, Veronique de Rugy catalogs some of the pork in the final stimulus bill:
  • $5.5 billion for "green" federal buildings

  • $300 million for "green" cars for federal employees

  • $20 million for IT upgrades at the Small Business Administration

  • $200 million to design and furnish Department of Homeland Security headquarters

  • $98 million earmarked for a polar icebreaker

  • $210 million for State and local fire stations

  • $125 million to restore trails and abandoned mines

  • $146 million for trail maintenance at National Park Service sites

  • $140 million for volcano monitoring systems

  • $600 million for the Environmental Protection Agency Superfund environmental cleanup program

  • $200 million to clean up leaking underground storage tanks

  • $500 million for forest health and wildfire prevention

  • $25 million for the Smithsonian Institution

  • $50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts

  • $1.2 billion for "youth activities" (for "youth" up to 24 years old)

  • $500 million earmarked for National Institute of Health facilities

  • $1 billion for Head Start Program

  • $32 million for home-delivered nutrition services
Read the whole thing. And as William Teach says on Right Wing News, "If the Earth is warming up so fast, and supposedly now worse then ever, what need do we have for an icebreaker, when there will be no ice in the polar regions?"

See also Power Line's Paul Mirengoff on grants to the National Institute of Health, and Sunday's Washington Post piece called "Certain Firms, Industries Got Last-Minute Gifts in Stimulus"

(via The Corner)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I would not call that list "pork."
Head Start works. When is General Electric going to clean out the PCBs from the Hudson River? They reaped the profits from their environmentally destructive ways of doing business. Now do they expect taxpayers to pay the price of their destruction to our environment?