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How exactly did borrowed money to study the sex lives of freshmen college girls stimulate the economy?

An economic stimulus grant for sex research at Syracuse University has won the attention of Republican critics in Washington. The National Institutes of Health has awarded a $219,000 stimulus grant for psychology professor Michael Carey to study the "hookups" of 500 freshmen women. The project description says there appears to be an increase in hookups, defined as sexual encounters between adolescent partners who have no expectation of romantic commitment. But there is little scientific investigation of it. The research will measure the prevalence of hookups in the first year of college and explore the mental and physical health consequences of it. The grant was reported by the New York Post Monday in a story that played with the wording of "stimulus" funding for sex research. Tory Mazzola, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, sent an e-mail Monday, pushing reporters to ask Rep. Dan Maffei, D-DeWitt, about the grant. Mazzola used his own play on words to say, "I think the people of Central New York would rather be 'hooked up' with jobs instead of more questionable stimulus spending." In a telephone interview, Mazzola said the economic stimulus bill was passed too quickly and was sold as an investment in more long-term economic solutions. "I think it's questionable on its surface," he said. "Is it necessary? Because stimulus was sold as a new investment in infrastructure. It was sold as job creating. It was sold as a new way forward for America."

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Great. Let's micro analyze .00000000001% of the budget... More
Answered By: Bill - 5/11/2011
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Professor Michael Carey has a 90% chance of being a Democrat so if you look at it from a Obama's perspective it makes perfect sense.
Answered By: Union Buster - 5/11/2011
 
I guess it stimulates other things.
Answered By: Pat - 5/11/2011
 
They could have just asked me to study the sex lives of freshmen college girls for free.
Answered By: Julian - 5/11/2011
 
Hey now--this sounds like money well spent!! Do you have any pictures?
Answered By: Bill - 5/11/2011
 
It made a bunch of old hippies happy on so many levels. :)
Answered By: Richard L C - 5/11/2011
 
So I guess Republicans are going to try to make this the biggest story of the campaign... More
Answered By: I want to plow your wife - 5/11/2011
 
As usual, conservatives are coming out against researching and learning.
Answered By: longhaired freaky person - 5/11/2011
 
any cash flow stimulates the economy... More
Answered By: Boss H - 5/11/2011
 
I am sure there was a lot of "stimulation" in that study.
Answered By: Phineas Frogton - 5/11/2011
 
It didn't and as you well know, that doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of what our so-called representatives are and have been doing to us for many many years... More
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Answered By: suthrnlyts™ - 5/11/2011
 
That is the democratic theory of pushing money out the door. However you spend it helps the economy. It sounds good in theory, but in reality you are indebted to China. Is that anymore of a waste then the bridge to nowhere... Money wasted gets votes...
Answered By: flopguy - 5/11/2011
 
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