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Where is the pork in the new stimulus bill?

Using the actual text of the bill, and providing a link to the bill as well, please show me the pork in the current stimulus bill sitting in the senate. I keep hearing it's full of pork, and I keep asking and asking where is the pork? (And I have yet to receive an answer...)

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melamommy24

Asked by melamommy24 at 12:21 PM on Feb. 6, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • http://news.yahoo.com/s/ynews/20090205/pl_ynews/ynews_pl238_3
    Bill itself:
    http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1873901,00.html
    examples of pork spending:
    $198 million for U.S. military benefits for Filipinos who fought for the U.S. during WWII
    $75 million for "smoking cessation activities"
    $87 million for the "design of a new polar icebreaker"
    $335 million for HIV/STD screening
    $600 million to buy hybrid vehicles for federal employees
    $650 million for digital TV coupons.
    $6 billion for colleges/universities – many which have billion dollar endowments.
    $50 million in funding for the National Endowment of the Arts
    $44 million for repairs to U.S. Department of Agriculture headquarters.
    $200 million for the National Mall, including $21 million for sod.
    Remember this bill is to stimulate the economy and create jobs.

    gemgem

    Answer by gemgem at 12:28 PM on Feb. 6, 2009

  • Your link to the time article is on January 25th, changes have been made to the bill since then therefore the information on that site is no longer accurate.

    From the yahoo article linked:

    However, both sides have signaled a willingness to concede. In an interview with CNN, Obama said he would consider cutting items that "may not really stimulate the economy right now." And in the spirit of bipartisanship, Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Nebraska) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) are working together to compile a list of recommended cuts, with a goal of reducing the bill by $200 billion.

    Thank you for replying with some factual information, though. I do appreciate it. However, I will wait until the bill is actually cut down like they intend to do before I throw a fit.
    melamommy24

    Answer by melamommy24 at 12:40 PM on Feb. 6, 2009

  • Does the fact hat we are borrowing ALL THE MONEY FROM CHINA for the Stimulus bother anyone?
    IhartU

    Answer by IhartU at 12:44 PM on Feb. 6, 2009

  • http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2009/01/28/politics/politicalhotsheet/entry4760660.shtml
    I thought this was easy to read.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:49 PM on Feb. 6, 2009

  • http://www.24timepass.com/education/obamas-stimulus-package-breakdown-report.htm
    I really like the picture of POTUS on this one. hehe
    akinbottom2

    Answer by akinbottom2 at 12:57 PM on Feb. 6, 2009

  • I think the better question here is where isn't the pork in th new stimulus bill.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:09 PM on Feb. 6, 2009

  • you mean you can't smell it?
    mamakirs

    Answer by mamakirs at 1:20 PM on Feb. 6, 2009

  • I have a cold, mamakirs... lol. I have to admit, I actually did laugh out loud when I read that.
    melamommy24

    Answer by melamommy24 at 1:22 PM on Feb. 6, 2009

  • I'd suggest listening to the Senate debates. Also, you could always read the 647-page bill here:


    http://www.rules.house.gov/111/LegText/111_hr1_text.pdf


    I think MSM is offering a very general outline to the public and that outline sounds very nice, indeed.  Fortunately, the bill is out there for the world to see, so we can make judgements ourselves.  For example, there was money requested for a water park ride in Florida that will cost $1.5 million.  http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/12/30/gop.stimulus/index.html  For many reasons, spending money this way will not be effective in our country's current economic climate.  We just have to do some reading.  It's always the fine print that gets us because many people don't want to take the time to read it.

    sgalsmommy

    Answer by sgalsmommy at 1:23 PM on Feb. 6, 2009

  • Ok, not sure why it is on here twice but here we go.... Excuse the typos. I am copy and pasting from my bb.

    Pork (imo) is implies to the appropriations of governmental spending for projects not related to the purpose of the Bill that are intended largely to advantage particular constituents

    The Purpose of this Bill is to Stimulate the Economy of the US.

    So while some of these spending measures might benefit a segment of the constituents, they should be put in an Appropriations Bill and NOT a Stimulus Bill (thus making them PORK). Set up a bill for the budget spending items AFTER Obama has “gone through” the Departments with a “scalpel” as he said he would do, NOT add $$$$ to them and spend spend spend..
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 4:43 PM on Feb. 6, 2009

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