50 De-Stimulating Facts by Stephen Spruiell & Kevin Williamson on National Review Online This is truely scary, does anyone think that any of these will help the economy? Summary: $50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts (you have to be kidding!) $380 million in the Senate bill for the Women, Infants and Children program (more free healthcare) $300 million for grants to combat violence against women (just lock up the Kennedy's, it would be cheaper) $2 billion for federal child-care block grants (Free day-care, yeah that will get the economy rolling) $6 billion for university building projects (I hear that Harvard is having a bake sale) $15 billion for boosting Pell Grant college scholarships (Nothing wrong with Pell Grants, ok this can stay) $4 billion for job-training programs, including $1.2 billion for â€śyouthsâ€ť up to the age of 24 (You know what trains "youths" for really good jobs, college (or tech school)) $1 billion for community-development block grants (more money tossed into that empty pit know as the ghetto) $4.2 billion for â€śneighborhood stabilization activitiesâ€ť (ditto) $650 million for digital-TV coupons; $90 million to educate â€śvulnerable populationsâ€ť (Do we really need to spend 740 MILLION DOLLARS to aid people who have 15 year old TVs?) $15 billion for business-loss carry-backs (I'm guessing this is a tax break, on losses, gee that will get them to make more jobs) $145 billion for â€śMaking Work Payâ€ť tax credits (Or as we like to call it, welfare) $83 billion for the earned income credit (straight out wealth re-distribution, just like he told Joe the Plumber, at least this is one campaign promise he didn't lie about) $150 million for the Smithsonian (to update a free museum, somehow, I can't see this as economic stimulous) $34 million to renovate the Department of Commerce headquarters (and he just announced that he is going to by-pass the head of commerce for the census, so why not just scrap the enitre department) (BTW most of these construction jobs in this package are going to illegal aliens, because the one of the first things that Obama did when he got in office, was to scrap a Bush law, that mandates that all federal contractors use E-Verify (a free web based ICE/SSA tool that verifies names, Alien Numbers, and SS numbers IN SECONDS) So most of these jobs will be taken by illegals, and they will pay no taxes on that labor and will send a majority of the money they make (minus beer costs) back to Mexico) $500 million for improvement projects for National Institutes of Health facilities (more money to illegals) $44 million for repairs to Department of Agriculture headquarters (Boy, Mexico is gonna be rolling in dough) $350 million for Agriculture Department computers (they actually run the payroll system, for most federal employees, so they might actually need this, buy Dell stock, if this passes) $88 million to help move the Public Health Service into a new building (more money for illegals) $448 million for constructing a new Homeland Security Department headquarters (yup, you got it, even DHS tells its employees, NOT TO ARREST ILLEGALS WORKING ON DHS BUILDINGS!) $600 million to convert the federal auto fleet to hybrids (Yeah, the FBI can now chase down bank robbers in a Prius!!) (but seriously, you are gonna spend 600 million, just to move your gas costs, to your electric costs, stupid!) $450 million for NASA (carve-out for â€śclimate-research missionsâ€ť) (If there is a bigger pile of **** than Global Warming, I'll wrap it up and wear it as a suit) Money for Al Gore $600 million for NOAA (carve-out for â€śclimate modelingâ€ť) (more money wasted on BS) $1 billion for the Census Bureau (By law, the census has to be done every ten years, and now, they suddenly have to fund it?) $89 billion for Medicaid (more free healthcare for the unproductive, and of course, the illegal aliens) $30 billion for COBRA insurance extension (This I can live with, people get laid off, they need to keep their insurance) $36 billion for expanded unemployment benefits (Ditto, I can live with this) $20 billion for food stamps (Another 20 BILLION going to HAMAS, (do you honestly think that those store owners that buy food stamps for 50 cents on the dollar, are not semding this money back to HAMMAS?) $4.5 billion for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (more money for illegals) $850 million for Amtrak (I'm pretty sure you can go to the moon for this much money) $87 million for a polar icebreaking ship (WHY DO WE NEED THIS, LISTEN TO AL GORE, THE ICE IS MELTING, MELTING,,,,) $1.7 billion for the National Park System (How can you spend 1.7 billion in a forest?) $55 million for Historic Preservation Fund (Nothing here is more than a few hundreds years old, how hard is it to preserve?) $7.6 billion for â€śrural community advancement programsâ€ť (Once again, a staggering amount of money for something no one can even guess what it is) $150 million for agricultural-commodity purchases (boy, thats alot of corn) $150 million for â€śproducers of livestock, honeybees, and farm-raised fishâ€ť (Yeah, save the bees) $2 billion for renewable-energy research ($400 million for global-warming research) (2 billion for AL Gore) $2 billion for a â€śclean coalâ€ť power plant in Illinois (gee the only true earmark in this bill, and its gonig to Obama's adopted state, I guess he took that "no earmarks" pledge about as seriously as he took his "no lobbyists" pledge) $6.2 billion for the Weatherization Assistance Program (that is alot of money for umbrellas) $3.5 billion for energy-efficiency and conservation block grants (Block grants, is another way of saying, PORK) $3.4 billion for the State Energy Program (which State?) $200 million for state and local electric-transport projects (Can anyone tell me which subway DOESN'T run on electricity) $300 million for energy-efficient-appliance rebate programs (But he just signed a law that mandates that companies make more energy efficient appliance, which is going to raise their prices, so is this the off-set to that?) $400 million for hybrid cars for state and local governments (stop, POLICE, oh ****, who didn't plug in the crusier last night?) $1 billion for the manufacturing of advanced batteries (don't you think, that if someone knew how to make an "advanced battery" they would have done it in the free market?) $1.5 billion for green-technology loan guarantees (More Global warming crap) $8 billion for innovative-technology loan-guarantee program (ditto) $2.4 billion for carbon-capture demonstration projects (ditto) $4.5 billion for electricity grid (This I can live with, update the grid, no more balckouts) $79 billion for State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (Just in case the feds forgot some liberal program, money for the states to fund there own) But seriously, how is any of this worth putting the US in a ONE TRILLION DOLLAR DEBT?