Friday, February 27, 2009

Pork Anyone?


This Pork-ulus bill is getting really out of hand. Here are some quick facts for you to chow down on while you catch a true glimpse of Obama...

  • up to $18 billion to crush brand new cars (yes, literally crush them - SUVs and trucks)
  • $5 billion for Democrat political action groups like ACORN
  • $500,000 for dog parks
  • $4.5 million for butterfly gardens
  • $6 million for water slides
  • $1 million for a frisbee golf course
  • $20 million "for the removal of small- to medium-sized fish passage barriers"
  • $25 million to rehabilitate off-roading (ATV) trails
  • $34 million to remodel the Department of Commerce headquarters
  • $70 million to "Support Supercomputing Activities" for climate research
  • $2 billion to re-start FutureGen, a near-zero emissions coal power plant in Illinois that the Dept. of Energy defunded last year because the project was inefficient
  • $246 million tax break for Hollywood movie producers to buy motion picture film
  • $88 million for the Coast Guard to design a new polar icebreaker (arctic ship)
  • $448 million for constructing the Dept. of Homeland Security headquarters
  • $248 million for furniture at the new Dept. of Homeland Security headquarters
  • $600 million to buy hybrid vehicles for federal employees
  • $400 million for the CDC to screen and prevent STD's
  • $1.4 billion for a rural waste disposal programs
  • $125 million for the Washington, D.C. sewer system
  • $150 million for Smithsonian museum facilities
  • $1 billion for the 2010 Census, which has a projected cost overrun of $3 billion
  • $75 million for "smoking cessation activities"
  • $200 million for public computer centers at community colleges
  • $75 million for salaries of employees at the FBI
  • $25 million for tribal alcohol and substance abuse reduction
  • $500 million for flood reduction projects on the Mississippi River
  • $10 million to inspect canals in urban areas
  • $6 billion to turn federal buildings into "green" buildings
  • $500 million for state and local fire stations
  • $650 million for wildland fire management on Forest Service lands
  • $150 million for Smithsonian museum facilities
  • $1.2 billion for "youth activities"
  • $88 million for renovating the headquarters of the Public Health Service
  • $412 million for CDC buildings and property
  • $500 million for building and repairing NIH facilities in Bethesda, MD
  • $160 million for "paid volunteers" at the Corporation for National and Community Service
  • $5.5 million for "energy efficiency initiatives" at the VA "National Cemetery Administration"
  • $850 million for Amtrak
  • $100 million for reducing the hazard of lead-based paint
  • $75M to construct a new "security training" facility for State Dept Security officers when they can be trained at existing facilities of other agencies
  • $110 million to the Farm Service Agency to upgrade computer systems
  • $200 million in funding for the lease of alternative energy vehicles for use on military installations
  • unspecified millions to illegal immigrants (in the form of 'rebate' checks)"

These facts are courtesy of the smart bloggers over at Ireport. Be sure to stay tuned as the pork continues to flow. One has to wonder, is PETA for or against this bill? But I can assume that if ACORN is on the payroll of this desperately needed "bailout" then I'm sure we are throwing PETA more money for tasteless (though seductive) adds for television.

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