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StimulusWatch.org dissects the pork
Posted on Jan 30, 2009
Have you every wondered just what exactly is in Barack Obama's massive government spending plan, now estimated by the Congressional Budget Office to end up costing over $1 trillion?
The creators of StimulusWatch.org have taken the proposals from the U.S. Conference of Mayors that may end up in the stimulus bill, and broken it down by project. The sheer amount of high-cost, low-job creation pork-barrel spending is amazing.
Log on to www.StimulusWatch.org for yourself and browse the proposals.
My hometown of Beaumont, Texas could get $5,000,000.00 in taxpayer money to turn landfill gas emissions into hydrogen. The USCOM claims it will create a whopping 50 jobs. That's a total cost of $100,000.00 per job working at a landfill, if it actually does what's promised.
Albuquerque, New Mexico could get more half a billion dollars in taxpayer money to build a solar power plant, creating only 200 jobs. That comes out to $2,660,000.00 for each new job, if it even creates that many.
Laurel, Maryland may get nearly $100,000.00 to hire two people to install doorbells. Yes, close to $50,000.00 per person to install doorbells.
Chula Vista, California proposes half a million dollars to hire seven people to build a dog park.
A better use of the Senate's time would be to lower taxes on job creators, allowing them to create long-term jobs and revive the economy instead of putting taxpayers on the hook for over a trillion dollars to expand governement and create largely short-term employment. The United States currently has the second-highest such taxes in the world.
Log on for yourself and take a look at the bill. No wonder support for the government expansion plan is dwindling.