I seems so long ago that we had to pass the stimulus bill or the country was doomed. We could pass this bill and unemployment would not go sky high. We have all these "shovel ready" projects that all we have to do is have money for and hard working Americans could do things that would help the country while Americans went back to work.
I've never understood why we had to pass this massive bill "right now" when we weren't going to spend the money for years. Why not pass a bill for the money we were going to spend and pass other bills for years down the road if we still needed it? I don't know. I guess it makes to much common sense.
So now more of the stimulus money is going out for those "shovel ready" projects. How about we look at a few of them and let's try to determine how they are stimulating the ecomony and helping Americans while putting Americans back to work.
Explain these please:
$554,763 spent on replacing windows on a visitor's center in Washington State that closed its door three years ago.
$762,372 was given to the University of North Carolina Charlotte for dance draw. Somebody please explain "dance draw".
$62.5 million for a light rail tunnel under the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh to connect sports stadiums to the casinos.
$11.2 million to convert a tiny closed down train station into a museum.
$1.9 million to fund the study of ants.
$90,000 for new sidewalks in Boynton, Oklahoma, to replace five year old sidewalks,that leads to a ditch.
$40 million for upgraded office space and indoor parking for Kansas law makers.
$50 million for WNBA practice facilities in Connecticut.
$762,372 to a Georgia Tech professor so he can study improvised music.
$144,541 to get monkeys high on cocaine to see how they respond.
$497,893 to quit smoking and get a Smart Phone. They were buying Smart Phones for people so when they felt like they might smoke, they could call someone and they could tell them not to smoke.
$199,862 helping Siberian lobby Russian policymakers.
$298,543 to help predict the weather, on other planets.
$456,663 to Cal Berkley to study global circulation in the atmosphere of Neptune.
$712,883 goes to scientists who are trying to create a joke machine.
$500,000 to Dayton, Ohio, for microchips to track citizens' use of recycling bins.
If you supported the stimulas package or not I don't really care. How can we continue to vote for people who want to spend our money on stuff like this? After spending our money like this they have the cojones to tell us that they need more so they are going to raise our taxes. They are trying to put tolls on interstates that have been built for decades. If you need money for roads, how about you quit taking it from the highway trust funds for other things and use it to fix the roads, or just use the stimulus money to fix the roads. Frankly, I don't care what the weather is going to be today on Uranus.