Category Archives: Waste of Money

SURPRISE: Stimulus Money Used Inappropriately – Part 2

In a post last month, I exposed a bunch of useless projects that the government thought might be worth investing in because they would stimulate the economy. Here are a few more projects that have been funded with the $787 billion stimulus, OUR MONEY !!

  • $1.9 million for “water taxis to nowhere” in Pleasure Beach, Conn. Congress approved the money after a fire destroyed the bridge to Pleasure Beach, but the area already is accessible by foot and rowboats.
  • $3.8 million for an urban art trail in Rochester, N.Y.
  • $3.1 million for upgrades to a boat owned by the New York State Museum. The boat dates back to 1921 and was originally used in canals.
  • $3 million for bicycle racks in Georgetown — the Washington, D.C., neighborhood that is one of the wealthiest areas in the country.
  • $1.5 million to improve the street scape in the six blocks surrounding a downtown Detroit casino.
  • $578,000 for fighting homelessness in Union, N.Y. According to a local news report, the town never asked for the stimulus money and did not even have a program through which to administer the money. The town supervisor said he wasn’t aware of a homelessness problem in the town.
  • $550,000 for a skateboard park in Pawtucket, R.I.
  • $500,000 for fish food in Missouri, to help defray the costs for state fish farmers.
  • $400,000 for renovations to a vacant building in City of Jal, N.M.
  • $380,350 to encourage landowners in West Virginia to grow shiitake mushrooms and ginseng.
  • $90,000 for a communal kitchen in Watsonville, Calif. The shared kitchen is meant to help food service entrepreneurs.

SURPRISE: Stimulus Money Used Inappropriately

The $787 billion “stimulus” bill was passed in February with the purpose of kick starting the economy and saving/creating jobs. As mentioned in a previous post, unemployment has gone up. Can someone please explain to me, preferably an Obama supporter, how any of expenses listed below stimulate the economy?

  • $300,000 for a GPS-equipped helicopter to hunt for radioactive rabbit droppings at the Hanford nuclear reservation in Washington state.
  • $30 million for a spring training baseball complex for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies.
  • $11 million for Microsoft to build a bridge connecting its two headquarter campuses in Redmond, Wash., which are separated by a highway.
  • $430,000 to repair a bridge in Iowa County, Wis., that carries 10 or fewer cars per day.
  • $800,000 for the John Murtha Airport in Johnstown, Pa., serving about 20 passengers per day, to build a backup runway.
  • $219,000 for Syracuse University to study the sex lives of freshmen women.
  • $2.3 million for the U.S. Forest Service to rear large numbers of arthropods, including the Asian long horned beetle, the nun moth and the woolly adelgid.
  • $3.4 million for a 13-foot tunnel for turtles and other wildlife attempting to cross U.S. 27 in Lake Jackson, Fla.
  • $1.15 million to install a guardrail for a persistently dry lake bed in Guymon, Okla.
  • $9.38 million to renovate a century-old train depot in Lancaster County, Pa., that has not been used for three decades.
  • $2.5 million in stimulus checks sent to the deceased.
  • $6 million for a snow-making facility in Duluth, Minn.
  • $173,834 to weatherize eight pickup trucks in Madison County, Ill.
  • $20,000 for a fish sperm freezer at the Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery in South Dakota.
  • $380,000 to spay and neuter pets in Wichita, Kan.
  • $300 apiece for thousands of signs at road construction sites across the country announcing that the projects are funded by stimulus money.
  • $1.5 million for a fence to block would-be jumpers from leaping off the All-American Bridge in Akron, Ohio.
  • $1 million to study the health effects of environmentally friendly public housing on 300 people in Chicago.
  • $356,000 for Indiana University to study childhood comprehension of foreign accents compared with native speech.
  • $983,952 for street beautification in Ann Arbor, Mich., including decorative lighting, trees, benches and bike paths.
  • $148,438 for Washington State University to analyze the use of marijuana in conjunction with medications like morphine.
  • $462,000 to purchase 22 concrete toilets for use in the Mark Twain National Forest in Missouri
  • $3.1 million to transform a canal barge into a floating museum that will travel the Erie Canal in New York state.
  • $1.3 million on government arts jobs in Maine, including $30,000 for basket makers, $20,000 for storytelling and $12,500 for a music festival.
  • $71,000 for a hybrid car to be used by student drivers in Colchester, Vt., as well as a plug-in hybrid for town workers decked out with a sign touting the vehicle’s energy efficiency.
  • $1 million for Portland, Ore., to replace 100 aging bike lockers and build a garage that would house 250 bicycles.

Study the sex life of freshmen woman? Freezer for fish sperm? Concrete toilets? Bridge for Microsoft? Drum roll please…………..the best misuse of our money is………………….$2.5 million in stimulus checks sent to the deceased. In other words, the government f’ed up and they want us to pay for their mistake. Are you OK with the government to use your money for the things mentoned above? Anyone still supports the stimulus? Last chance to jump-off the ObamaSocialist Express.

Olympic Size Catastrophe

Now that we know the tragic fate of the city of Chicago regarding the Olympic games in 2016, we can sit back and analyze how much did this trip really cost the American taxpayers. President Barack Obama was in Copenhagen for only a few hours only to be slapped in the face by being eliminated in the first round of voting. I personally believe that it is not the president’s job to go overseas in an attempt to bring the Olympic games to HIS hometown. Would President Obama have made the trip if the games would have been in Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Texas, etc.? NO !! Then why did he go? Well, that is very simple – he has a lot of friends who are in real estate (Tony Rezko, Valarie Jarrett) and countless others that would benefit greatly from the Olympics coming to Chicago. That is why.

In a recent poll, nearly half of the Chicagoans polled did not want the International Olympic Committee to award Chicago the games in 2016. I am glad that the games won’t be in Chicago because the financial stress put on the host city is tremendous, whether it’s not or in the future. No state is in any shape financially to support billions of dollars being used in Olympic games preparations. History has proven that it takes years and years and years for a host city payoff all of their debt host city payoff all of their debt. For example, Montreal is still paying for the 1976 games, Athens ran billions of Euros over budget at the expense of the country, and citizens of Los Angeles just stopped paying for their 1984 Olympic games . Imagine the financial stress Chicago would be left with in a time which every dollar needs to be accounted for due to the recession we are experiencing? Incredible !!

Below, I am going to give you the most accurate breakdown of how much did Obama’s trip to Denmark REALLY did cost YOU.

President Obama’s plane is a Boeing VC-25 and according to a March 2006 report prepared by the Committee on Government Reform – Special Investigations Division on “The Cost of Presidential and Vice Presidential Political Travel”, flying Air Force One for an hour costs American taxpayers $54,100 in 2000. Since that amount is 9 years old, it needs to be adjusted due to inflation to represent today’s dollar value. Using an inflation calculator, $54,100 translates into $67,808 in 2009. Next let’s calculate the distance between Washington, D.C. and Copenhagen, Denmark. Using a distance calculator distance calculator, we find out that there are 4,893 miles between the two points of interest. When I multiply that by 2 to get a round-trip amount, I get 9,786 miles. According to Wikipedia, Air Force One cruises at Mach 0.84 (623 mph). Now that we have the miles and the travel speed, let’s calculate the duration of the trip.

We know that the roundtrip miles for Obama’s trip was 9,786 miles and the cruising speed of Air Force One is 623 mph. If we divide those two figures, we get 7.85 which is roughly 8 hours (7.60 = 8 hours). Now let’s multiply 7.85, duration of the flight, by $67,808, the cost of flying Air Force One per hour after inflation and we get $532,559.46. That is the cost for only one-way, not roundtrip !! If we double that total we get $1,065,118.92 for the roundtrip. This is only the cost of flying from point A to point B an back to point A. There are a lot of other charges that will be passed on to us, the taxpayers.

For example, once the President decides he is going to visit a country overseas, there is a team that travels to the desired destination and surveys. In total, three trips are done before the President leaves. On top of that, there are multiple cargo planes that also have to travel in advance of the President to airlift the cars used in the Presidential motorcade, Marine One helicopters, and other vehicles used by the president’s team. Secret Service and a few hundred government officials travel with the President when he makes an overseas trip. Who do you think pays for the costs of Air Force One, the use of Marine One from the White House to the airport, cargo planes, expenses incurred by all the individuals that travel with the President (logistics, communication, planning, lodging, meals, etc), fuel for all the aircrafts? YOU !!. Let’s not forget that the First Lady travelled to Copenhagen two days before the President did. She travelled with her group of government officials. Who do you think paid for that?. YOU !! Lastly, whenever the President travels, a replica of Air Force One also makes the trip as a pre-caution in case the first plane malfunctions. By now you know who pays for that, right?  That’s right, YOU !!

You might be saying to yourself, “Yea, but the media already said that the cost of the trip was about $1 million dollars. You are just repeating what they said.” Very fair point. I guarantee you that no media outlet, other than Foxnews, will break down the cost like this. I guarantee you that none of the mainstream propaganda Obama loving media will mention that there are a lot more costs associated with Obama’s trip as I have mentioned above.