Friday, August 13, 2010
By Paul Martin

By Dr. Laurie Roth
August 13, 2010

In a stable and financially healthy time it would be great spending money for all kinds of colorful things. If money was flowing you could possibly imagine millions for bridges to nowhere, underground turtle tunnels and special mice research in San Francisco Bay, but in a severe recession, where millions are losing their jobs, homes and struggling for every penny, it is absurd.

Some of the emergency, high priority spending items this congress tucked into the stimulus bill were:

Research on exotic ants in the Southwest Indian Ocean Islands and East Africa, hot flashes and Yoga for cancer survivors and my personal favorite, Cocaine and its affects on Monkeys.

Many GOP leaders listed an additional host of wasteful spending with the Senate stimulus bill. These included:

$75 million for ‘smoking cessation activities’
$200 million for public computer centers at community colleges
$412 million for CDC building and property
$500 million for building and repairing National Institutes of Health facilities in Bethesda, Maryland
$1.2 billion for “youth activities,” including youth summer job programs
$6 billion to turn federal buildings into “green” buildings
$5.5 million for “energy efficiency initiatives” at the Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration
$850 million for Amtrak
$200 million for the lease of alternative energy vehicles for use on military installations

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