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Do you seriously believe that this "stimulus package does not have any pork spending or earmarks?

Read it and weep: $1 billion for Amtrak, which hasn’t earned a profit in four decades. $2 billion to help subsidize child care. $400 million for research into global warming. $2.4 billion for projects to demonstrate how carbon greenhouse gas can be safely removed from the atmosphere. $650 million for coupons to help consumers convert their TV sets from analog to digital, part of the digital TV conversion. $600 million to buy a new fleet of cars for federal employees and government departments. $75 million to fund programs to help people quit smoking. $21 million to re-sod the National Mall, which suffered heavy use during the Inauguration. $2.25 billion for national parks. This item has sparked calls for an investigation, because the chief lobbyist of the National Parks Association is the son of Rep. David R. Obey, D-Wisc. The $2,25 billion is about equal to the National Park Service’s entire annual budget. The Washington Times reports it is a threefold increase over what was originally proposed for parks in the stimulus bill. Obey is chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. $335 million for treatment and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. $50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts. $4.19 billion to stave off foreclosures via the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. The bill allows nonprofits to compete with cities and states for $3.44 billion of the money, which means a substantial amount of it will be captured by ACORN, the controversial activist group currently under federal investigation for vote fraud. Another $750 million would be exclusively reserved for nonprofits such as ACORN – meaning cities and states are barred from receiving that money. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., charges the money could appear to be a “payoff” for the partisan political activities community groups in the last election cycle. $44 million to renovate the headquarters building of the Agriculture Department. $32 billion for a “smart electricity grid to minimize waste. $87 billion of Medicaid funds, to aid states. $53.4 billion for science facilities, high speed Internet, and miscellaneous energy and environmental programs. $13 billion to repair and weatherize public housing, help the homeless, repair foreclosed homes. $20 billion for quicker depreciation and write-offs for equipment. $10.3 billion for tax credits to help families defray the cost of college tuition. $20 billion over five years for an expanded food stamp program. There was also a statement that the current administration will not tolerate lobbiests, but the above says different. Congressional Budget Office calculates that the interest on the debt generated by the bill’s spending will cost another $347.1 billion, making the total cost approximately $1.17 trillion.

Asked By: Angry Scot - 2/10/2009
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And they ain't done yet... More
Answered By: margaret h - 2/10/2009
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no use your own brain...stop copy and pasting someone's crap
Answered By: vance1167 - 2/10/2009
 
I'm glad to see it. About time someone started giving a d**n about the country. Point not proved.
Answered By: JUST ONE MORE QUESTION! - 2/10/2009
 
Your definition of "pork" must include anything with a price tag. Why was none of the above included on the official "republican pork list"?
Answered By: brown9500v4 - 2/10/2009
 
Grilled pork...
Answered By: Min Sing - 2/10/2009
 
All the pork was stuffed into this one package because the Democratic Congress and Obama did not want to have to debate these issues and then take a chance on revealing to the Nation the pork Obama vowed to eliminate in 'every Bill that came across his desk. Now all he has to do is urgently push for passage of this... More
Answered By: Heidi 4 - 2/10/2009
 
Obama LUSTS for spending millions (and Billions) of dollars he does nothing to earn (Look at his campaign) Why would anyone be surprised? His short-lived career in the Senate made him the greatest Earmark King in history by a gigantic percentage (but only narrowly above that of Hillary Clinton - all time queen... More
Answered By: KarK - 2/10/2009
 
the president said and Nancy Pelosi said there's no pork in this bill and would your new president lied to you .because he has no idea what's in there .and he made a statement a week or so ago that if there was poured in their and people really complain he would take it out.so away say if nobody gripes the pork... More
Answered By: dennis w - 2/10/2009
 
These are a lot of earmarks, but I don't understand why your saying that these are bad earmarks. Most of these are to help the environment and poor people. I don't even think you could explain why these are bad earmarks. If you can, please feel free to send me an email.
Answered By: falcon - 2/10/2009
 
i agree with you Angry Scot, i say f*ck the poor people. they wouldnt be poor if they hadnt have spent all their money on drugs. D*mn Hippies. Well i guess its nice to know that our country is behind somebody spending alot more money that we dont have to "save" us from another depression. how about the f*ck do... More
Answered By: Me - 2/10/2009
 
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