Dumb & Dumber: Top 15 Worst Stimulus Abuses
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“animis opibusque parati”
Since: Oct 12
#1 Feb 20, 2013
Gotta stop feeding the machine...
by Bert Atkinson, Jr.
When President Obama signed the $831 billion stimulus into law in 2009, he stated that "tough choices and smart investments" needed to be made. So what were some of the smart investments?
15.$250 sent to a woman in Maryland who died in 1967.
14.$840 spent to disassemble and assemble three desks.
13. The Lincoln Center in New York City was paid to host a "tango salon."
12.$10,000 spent replacing light fixtures at a fish hatchery.
11.$425,000 spent in $250 increments to 1,700 prisons inmates for Social Security checks.
10.$426,000 to rebuild a bridge that is used by a average of ten (10) cars a day.
9.$500,000 spent in subsidies for rain barrel installation.
8.$600,000 sent to a school district in Kansas...that no longer exists.
7.$1 million spent in New York on road signs advertising stimulus projects.
6.$1 million used to build 250 bike lockers.
5.$1.25 million to use electric fish to study animal sensory information.
4.$1.75 million spent on energy-efficient garage doors.
3.$2.2 million spent to install skylights for a liquor store in Montana.
2.$2.8 million spent installing toilets in New Mexico’s national forests.
1.$15 million spent to build an airport in Ouizinkie, Alaska...a town of 165 people.
Mistakes happen, but seriously?
[Statistics via National Republican Congressional Committee]
#2 Feb 20, 2013
Those electric fish sound cool. I would like to know more about them.
“Paper Or Plastic?”
Since: Nov 11
#3 Feb 20, 2013
Good to know I won't be stepping in poo on my next hike on Sandia Peak.
#4 Feb 20, 2013
Those stimulus signs were everywhere not just New York. There was a set on I70 and the only work done was taking a tractor two passes higher up the bank than normally mowed by the state. Probably spent more on signs than the mowing.
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