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After a flurry of stimulus spending, questionable projects pile up

After a flurry of stimulus spending, questionable projects pile up

The $787 billion stimulus bill was passed in February and was promised as a job saver and economy booster. Here is where some of the money went: (I picked my favorites)

– $300,000 for a GPS-equipped helicopter to hunt for radioactive rabbit droppings at the Hanford nuclear reservation in Washington state.

How about we let hunters pick off the rabbits for free? No rabbits – No radioactive rabbit droppings.

– $11 million for Microsoft to build a bridge connecting its two headquarter campuses in Redmond, Wash., which are separated by a highway.

? – One of the richest guys on earth can’t buy his own bridge? Bill Gates makes $11 Million in about 30 seconds – let him buy his own bridge.

– $219,000 for Syracuse University to study the sex lives of freshmen women.

I am confident that Syracuse University male students would do this for free.

– $2.3 million for the U.S. Forest Service to rear large numbers of arthropods, including the Asian longhorned beetle, the nun moth and the woolly adelgid.

Why are we paying to mate bugs? There are 50 billion bugs on the planet. We don’t need to pay for bugs.

– $3.4 million for a 13-foot tunnel for turtles and other wildlife attempting to cross U.S. 27 in Lake Jackson, Fla.

Build a fence for a $1000 so the stupid turtles won’t cross the road.

– $9.38 million to renovate a century-old train depot in Lancaster County, Pa., that has not been used for three decades.

Arlen Specter has not done anything in three decades either.

– $6 million for a snow-making facility in Duluth, Minn.

Is this to combat global climate change? I guess they will fund more sno-plows to get rid of the snow they make?

– $1 million to study the health effects of environmentally friendly public housing on 300 people in Chicago.

Wow, at $3333 per person that is quite a bargain!!!

– $148,438 for Washington State University to analyze the use of marijuana in conjunction with medications like morphine.

I knew many college students who use to pay to study the same thing.

– $462,000 to purchase 22 concrete toilets for use in the Mark Twain National Forest in Missouri.

$21,000 per toilet….quite an expensive dump?