What Are We Stimulating?

Obama’s Borrow and Spend Bill Looks Like a Done Deal

Here’s What $800 Billion Buys Today
The final stimulus package is the final insult to taxpayers

To get a sense of what made it through the supposedly thorough “scrubbing” process, consider the following povisions:

$24 million for United States Department of Agriculture buildings and rent
$176 million for renovating Agricultural Research Service buildings
$290 million for flood prevention
$50 million for watershed rehabilitation
$1.4 billion for wastewater disposal programs
$295 million for administrative expenses associated with food stamp programs
$1 billion for the 2010 Census
$200 million for public computer centers at community colleges and libraries
$650 million for the digital TV converter box coupon program
$2 billion for Byrne Justice Assistance Grant program
$10 million to combat Mexican gunrunners
$125 million for rural communities to combat drug crimes
$1 billion for the Community Oriented Policing Services program
$1 billion for NASA
$300 million to purchase scientific instruments for colleges and museums
$400 million for equipment and facilities at the National Science Foundation
$3.7 billion to conduct “green” renovations on military bases
$375 million for Mississippi River projects
$10 million for urban canals
$5 billion for weatherizing buildings
$2 billion to develop advanced batteries for hybrid cars
$3.4 billion for fossil energy research
$5.1 billion for environmental cleanup around military bases
$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
$160 million for volunteer programs at the Corporation for National and Community Service
$500 million earmarked for the SSA National Computer Center in Maryland
$220 million for the International Boundary and Water Commission, U.S. and Mexico
$8 billion for high-speed railways (This amount is 4 times higher than the one voted on Tuesday in the Senate bill)
$1.3 billion for Amtrak
On the tax side of the package, the tax credit for golf carts was retained, along with $300 million for Federal Employee Company Cars. And despite the role that home buying played in putting the economy into recession, the conference report also includes tax credits—up to $15,000—for buying new homes.

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