Uh... Mr. President? Is that a Doberman chewing on your leg?

Hailing the success of his great Stimulou Bill, Obama said:

“I’m grateful that congress agreed to my request that the bill include no earmarks…”


“That all projects receive funding based solely on their merits…”


“And despite that…, I was still concerned, Joe and I were just talking in the back… when this thing passed we said $787 Billion Dollars… somewhere, there’s gonna be some story…. of… some money… that…. ended up… being misspent. $787 Billion dollars being spent out over 18 months that’s, that’s a lot… that’s a lot of money. And it is a testimony… to Vice President Biden and his team… that… as Joe puts it, that the dog so far hasn’t barked…”

Okay… THAT’S it!

barking dog


Ahem: Aside from the $1,047.00 lawn mower that was reported to have saved 50 jobs in Arkansas to that $6.8 Billion that went to create jobs in districts that do not even exist to the $350K in IPods for parents who fill out an on-line survey in Florida, we have the following:

$50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts
$380 million in the Senate bill for the Women, Infants and Children program
$300 million for grants to combat violence against women
$2 billion for federal child-care block grants
$6 billion for university building projects
$15 billion for boosting Pell Grant college scholarships
$4 billion for job-training programs, including $1.2 billion for “youths” up to age 24
$1 billion for community-development block grants
$4.2 billion for “neighborhood stabilization activities”
$650 million for digital-TV coupons; $90 million to educate “vulnerable populations”
$150 million for the Smithsonian
$34 million to renovate the Department of Commerce headquarters
$500 million for improvement projects for National Institutes of Health facilities
$44 million for repairs to Department of Agriculture headquarters
$350 million for Agriculture Department computers
$88 million to help move the Public Health Service into a new building
$448 million for constructing a new Homeland Security Department headquarters
$600 million to convert the federal auto fleet to hybrids
$450 million for NASA (carve-out for “climate-research missions”)
$600 million for NOAA (carve-out for “climate modeling”)
$1 billion for the Census Bureau
$89 billion for Medicaid
$30 billion for COBRA insurance extension
$36 billion for expanded unemployment benefits
$20 billion for food stamps
$4.5 billion for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
$850 million for Amtrak
$87 million for a polar icebreaking ship
$1.7 billion for the National Park System
$55 million for Historic Preservation Fund
$7.6 billion for “rural community advancement programs”
$150 million for agricultural-commodity purchases
$150 million for “producers of livestock, honeybees, and farm-raised fish”
$2 billion for renewable-energy research ($400 million for global-warming research)
$2 billion for a “clean coal” power plant in Illinois
$6.2 billion for the Weatherization Assistance Program
$3.5 billion for energy-efficiency and conservation block grants
$3.4 billion for the State Energy Program
$200 million for state and local electric-transport projects
$300 million for energy-efficient-appliance rebate programs
$400 million for hybrid cars for state and local governments
$1 billion for the manufacturing of advanced batteries
$1.5 billion for green-technology loan guarantees
$8 billion for innovative-technology loan-guarantee program
$2.4 billion for carbon-capture demonstration projects
$4.5 billion for electricity grid
$79 billion for State Fiscal Stabilization Fund


And a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll conducted last month found that three out of four Americans believe that half of the money spent in the federal stimulus plan has been wasted and that 63% thinks that projects in the plan were included for purely political reasons and will have no economic benefit, with 36 percent saying those projects will benefit the economy.

So, who is Obama trying to convince…? Us, or himself? Of course, he could have just asked Joe how he felt.

“We know some of this money is going to be wasted,”

Awww… say it isn’t so, Joe.