The Big Pork Sandwich

Jamie Dupree collected a partial list of what is in the stimulus bill. Bear in mind that this is only part of the spending.

A “stimulus” is something external that starts a process. It is usually a one-time action that starts a process which will then run on its own. This “stimulus” doesn’t seem to meet that criteria. It looks to me like they just took every program that they ever had and threw money at it. They are including funding that is a recurring expense, not a one time deal.

There’s a section dealing with transparency in the bill. Supposedly we are suppose to be able to go to Recovery.com and see how the money is spent. I think the chances of that section surviving the Senate and the Conference report are slim and none. And Slim just left the country.

Here is a sampling of what was found:

$44 million for construction, repair and improvements at US Department of Agriculture facilties

Union Pork

$209 million for work on deferred maintenance at Agricultural Research Service facilities

Union Pork

$245 million for maintaining and modernizing the IT system of the Farm Service Agency

Maintenance is a recurring expense, not a stimulus.

$175 million to buy and restore floodplain easements for flood prevention

How many jobs?

$50 million for “Watershed Rehabilitation”

Port for the environmental lobby

$1.1 billion for rural community facilities direct loans

I wonder what this is? What is being stimulated?

$2 billion for rural business and industry guaranteed loans

Good, businesses. Have to watch for the strings attached.

$2.7 billion for rural water and waste dispoal direct loans

Isn’t this the responsibility of the States? See 10th Amendment.

$22.1 billion for rural housing insurance fund loans

Why can’t the people living in rural areas buy their own insurance? Everybody else does.

$2.8 billion for loans to spur rural broadband

Something I can agree with.

$150 million for emergency food assistance

Stimulates what?

$50 million for regional economic development commissions

Stimulates what?

$1 billion for “Periodic Censuses and Programs”

Recurring expense, not a stimulus

$350 million for State Broadband Data and Development Grants

OK, infrastructure. Have to watch for strings.

$1.8 billion for Rural Broadband Deployment Grants

Infrastructure. Watch for strings.

$1 billion for Rural Wireless Deployment Grants

Infrastructure. Watch for strings.

$650 million for Digital-to-Analog Converter Box Program

Stimulates what? Expense was forseen long before crash. Stimulates what?

$100 million for “Scientific and Technical Research and Services” at the National Institute of Standards And Technology

Sounds like normal operating expenses, not a stimulus

$30 million for necessary expenses of the “Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership

Not a stimulus.

$300 million for a competitive construction grant program for research science buildings

some construction jobs.

$400 million for “habitat restoration and mitigation activities” at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

NOAA has mess up their environment so badly?

$600 million for “accelerating satellite development and acquisition”

Satellites for who, and why should we pay for them. Stimulus for someone with connections?

$140 million for “climate data modeling”

“Global Warming” Pork. Models show what they’re programed to show.

$3 billion for state and local law enforcement grants

Stimulates what? Check for strings

$1 billion for “Community Oriented Policing Services”

Isn’t this a Clinton pork program that didn’t achieve anything? What is being stimulated. Agencies have to fund positions after the initial grant.

$250 million for “accelerating the development of the tier 1 set of Earth science climate research missions recommended by the National Academies Decadal Survey.”

What is being stimulated? Shouldn’t this be funded through the normal system? What is being stimulated?

$50 million for repairs to NASA facilities from storm damage

Short term jobs.

$300 million for “Major Research Insrumentation program” (science)

WTF? Stimulates what?

$200 million for “academic research facilities modernization”

NEA Pork? More academics doing research. More students being taught by TAs.

$100 million for “Education and Human Resources”

Pork and Pork? Or normal operating expenses?

$400 million for “Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction”

Where and for what?

$4.5 billion to make military facilities more energy efficient

Military appropriations

$1.5 billion for Army Operation and Maintenance fund

Military appropriations, normal operating expenses, not a one time deal, not a stimulus.

$624 million for Navy Operation and Maintenance

Military appropriations, normal operating expenses, not a one time deal, not a stimulus.

$128 million for Marine Corps Operation and Maintenance

Military appropriations, normal operating expenses, not a one time deal, not a stimulus.

$1.23 billion for Air Force Operation and Maintenance

Military appropriations, normal operating expenses, not a one time deal, not a stimulus.

$454 million to “Defense Health Program”

Military appropriations, normal operating expenses, not a one time deal, not a stimulus.

$110 million for Army Reserve Operation and Maintenance

Military appropriations, normal operating expenses, not a one time deal, not a stimulus.

$62 million for Navy Reserve Operation and Maintenance

Military appropriations, normal operating expenses, not a one time deal, not a stimulus.

$45 million for Marine Corps Reserve Operation and Maintenance

Military appropriations, normal operating expenses, not a one time deal, not a stimulus.

$14 million for Air Force Reserve Operation and Maintenance

Military appropriations, normal operating expenses, not a one time deal, not a stimulus.

$302 million for National Guard Operation and Maintenance

Military appropriations, normal operating expenses, not a one time deal, not a stimulus.

$29 million for Air National Guard Operation and Maintenance

Military appropriations, normal operating expenses, not a one time deal, not a stimulus.

$350 million for military energy research and development programs

Military appropriations, normal operating expenses, not a one time deal, not a stimulus.

$2 billion for Army Corps of Engineers “Construction”

Military appropriations, normal operating expenses, not a one time deal, not a stimulus.

$250 million for “Mississippi River and Tributaries”

Military appropriations, normal operating expenses, not a one time deal, not a stimulus.

$2.2 billion for Army Corps “Operation and Maintenance”

Military appropriations, normal operating expenses, not a one time deal, not a stimulus.

$25 million for an Army Corps “Regulatory Program”

Military appropriations, normal operating expenses, not a one time deal, not a stimulus.

$126 million for Interior Department “water reclamation and reuse projects”

Normal operations, not a stimulus.

$80 million for “rural water projects”

Normal operations, not a stimulus.

$18.5 billion for “Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy” research in the Department of Energy. That money includes:

$2 billion for development of advanced batteries

Private sector already doing this. Why duplicate?

$800 million of that is for biomass research and $400 million for geothermal technologies

Private sector already doing this, why duplicate?

$1 billion in grants to “institutional entities for energy sustainability and efficiency”

Pork

$6.2 billion for the Weatherization Assistance Program

What is being stimulated?

$3.5 billion for Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants

What is being stimulated?

$3.4 billion for state energy programs

Pork,

$200 million for expenses to implement energy independence programs

Pork. Likely to become recurring, not one time deal, not a stimulus.

$300 million for expenses to implement Energy efficient appliance rebate programs including the Energy Star program

Pork

$400 million for expenses to implement Alternative Fuel Vehicle and Infrastructure Grants to States and Local Governments

Pork

$1 billion for expenses necessary for advanced battery manufacturing

Private sector will do this.

$4.5 billion to modernize the nation’s electricity grid

At last, something worthwhile, along with the broadband network.

$1 billion for the Advanced Battery Loan Guarantee Program

Corporate subsidy.

$2.4 billion to demonstrate “carbon capture and sequestration technologies”

Corporate subsidy

$400 million for the Advanced Research Projects Agency (Science)

They invented the Internet. Probably a good thing long term. Not a stimulus.

$500 million for “Defense Environmental Cleanup

Appears to be normal operating expenses. Not a stimulus.

$1 billion for construction and repair of border facilities and land ports of entry

Normal operating expense, short term construction jobs.

$6 billion for energy efficiency projects on government buildings

Maybe short term construction jobs.

$600 million to buy and lease government plug-in and alternative fuel vehicles

WTF? Stimulates what?

$426 million in small business loans

Isn’t the SBA supposed to be doing this>

$100 million for “non-intrusive detection technology to be deployed at sea ports of entry

Security Pork. Not a stimulus. Will become recurring expense.

$150 million for repair and construction at land border ports of entry

Security Pork. Stimulates temporary construction jobs.

$500 million for explosive detection systems for aviation security

Normal expenditure. Not a stimulus.

$150 million for alteration or removal of obstructive bridges

Stimulates short term jobs.

$200 million for FEMA Emergency Food and Shelter program

Normal operating expenses, not a stimulus.

$325 million for Interior Department road, bridge and trail repair projects

Normal operating expenses, not a stimulus.

$300 million for road and bridge work in Wildlife Refuges and Fish Hatcheries

Normal operating expenses, not a stimulus.

$1.7 billion for “critical deferred maintenance” in the National Park System

Short term construction jobs.

$200 million to revitalize the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Parks appropriation, not a stimulus.

$100 million for National Park Service Centennial Challenge programs

Additional funding for an existing program.

$200 million for repair of U.S. Geological Survey facilities

short term construction jobs.

$500 million for repair and replacement of schools, jails, roads, bridges, housing and more for Bureau of Indian Affairs

Pork grab bag.

$800 million for Superfund programs

Normal operating expenses, not a stimulus.

$200 million for leaking underground storage tank cleanup

Normal operating expenses, not a stimulus.

$8.4 billion in “State and Tribal Assistance Grants”

What is being stimulated?

$650 million in “Capital Improvement and Maintenance” at the Agriculture Dept.

Maintenance is a normal expense. Not a stimulus.

$850 million for “

Existing program. Normal operating expense.

$550 million for Indian Health facilties

Normal expense

$150 million for deferred maintenance at the Smithsonian museums

Maintenance is a normal expense. Short term jobs.

$50 million in grants to fund “arts projects and activities which preserve jobs in the non-profit arts sector threatened by declines in philanthropic and other support during the current economic downturn” through the National Endowment for the Arts

Welfare for artists that can’t sell their work because nobody wants it. Handout, not a stimulus.

$1.2 billion in grants to states for youth summer jobs programs and other activities

Sounds like a Pork grab bag to me.

$1 billion for states in dislocated worker employment and training activities

Stimulus.

$500 million for the dislocated workers assistance national reserve

Stimulus

$80 million for the enforcement of worker protection laws and regulations related to infrastructure and unemployment insurance investments

More bureaucrats? What is being stimulated?

$300 million for “construction, rehabilitation and acquisition of Job Corps Centers”

Expanding the program? Have to watch.

$250 million for public health centers

Government run health care? For who?

$1 billion for renovation and repair of health centers

short term jobs.

$600 million for nurse, physician and dentist training

Do we have too many people in Health Care, or not enough? OK if standards are maintained.

$462 million for renovation work at the Centers for Disease Control

Not a stimulus.

$1.5 billion for “National Center for Research Resources

To do what? Probably Pork

$500 million for “Buildlings and Facilties” at the National Institutes of Health in suburban Washington, D.C.

Short term jobs. Probably Union Pork

$700 million for “comparative effectiveness research” on prescription drugs

Left over spending from 2008? What happened to the Trust Fund?

$1 billion for Low-Income Home Energy Assistance

Existing program, recurring expense.

$2 billion in Child Care and Development Block Grants for states

What is being stimulated?

$1 billion for Head Start programs

Which have been shown to be ineffective. NEA Pork

$1.1 billion for Early Head Start programs

Which have been shown to be ineffective. NEA Pork

$100 million for Social Security research programs

WTF? Researching what? Recurring expense?

$200 million for “Aging Services Programs

What is being stimulated?

$2 billion for “Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

Existing program. Normal recurring expense.

$430 million for public health/social services emergency funds

Normal expenditures?

$2.3 billion for the Centers for Disease Control for a variety of programs

Pork

$5.5 billion in targeted education grants

Free money for college if you’re the right color or sex.

$5.5 billion in “education finance incentive grants

No Child Left Behind? NEA Pork

$2 billion in “school improvement grants”

See 10th Amendment. Schools are local responsibility. NEA Pork

$13.6 billion for Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

Program in existence since 2004. Recurring expense

$250 million for statewide education data systems

Which State? What is being stimulated.

$14 billion for school modernization, renovation and repair

More NEA Pork. Short term construction work

$160 million for AmeriCorps grants

Program has been around for quite a while. Recurring expense.

$400 million for the construction and costs to establish a new “National Computer Center” for the Social Security Administration

Big Pork. Constructions and IT Jobs.

$500 million to improve processing of disability and retirement claims

Isn’t the what the “National Computer Center” is supposed to do?

$920 million for Army housing and child development centers

Military appropriation. Not a stimulus.

$350 million for Navy and Marine Corps housing and child development centers

Military appropriation.

$280 million in Air Force housing and child development centers

Military appropriation.

$3.75 billion in military hospital and surgery center construction

Military appropriation.

$140 million in Army National Guard construction projects

Military appropriation.

$70 million in Air National Guard construction projects

Military appropriation.

$100 million in Army Reserve construction projects

Military appropriation.

$30 million in Navy Reserve construction projects

Military appropriation.

$60 million in Air Force Reserve construction projects

Military appropriation.

$950 million for VA Medical Facilities

VA appropriation. New facilities or just normal expenditures?

$50 million for repairs for military cemeteries

VA appropriation.

$120 million for a backup information management facility for the State Department

Normal appropriation , not a stimulus, short term construction, more bureaucrats.

$98 million for National Cybersecurity Initiative

Hard to tell. Part classified.

$3 billion for “Grants-in-Aid for Airports

2008 earmarks.

$300 million for Indian Reservation roads

construction jobs, Union Pork

$300 million for Amtrak capital needs

Good Money after bad. What is being stimulating?

$800 million for national railroad assets or infrastructure repairs, upgrades

Construction jobs.

$5.4 billion in federal transit grants

Bike Paths, Interpretive centers and maybe a little for roads. But don’t bet on it.

$2 billion in infrastructure development for subways and commuter railways

Light rail pork.

$5 billion for public housing capital

Section 8? Existing program, not a stimulus.

$1 billion in competitive housing grants

WTF? More HUD pork

$2.5 billion for energy efficiency upgrades in public housing

Welfare.

$500 million in Native American Housing Block Grants

Welfare.

$4.1 billion to help communities deal with foreclosed homes

Free Money?

$1.5 billion in homeless prevention activities

Easy, take them home with you.

$79 billion in education funds for states

NEA Pork.

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