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Is Obamanomics Worth the Cost?

By Jerry A. Kane

When Congress passed, without reading, the $787 billion Porkulus Bill back in February, Brother O and the Bread and Circuses Salvation Sideshow Administration promised it would create jobs and boost the economy.

Frankly, the largest spending bill in American history was nothing more than a gift of taxpayer money to Democrats for their pet projects and special interest groups.

Touted for saving both jobs and country by propagandists in the mainstream media, the bill has done little to stimulate job or economic growth, but it did increase the national debt, escalate unemployment rates, and produce dubious projects.

According to clueless Joe Biden, “Every dollar being spent from Recovery Act [Porkulus] is helping put someone back to work.”

Flash floods of stimulus spending have put workers on the following  projects:

  • $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 to build a bridge connecting Microsoft’s two headquarter campuses, which are separated by a highway, in Redmond, Washington,.
  • $430,000 to repair a bridge, which carries 10 or fewer cars a day, in Iowa County, Wisconsin.
  • $800,000 to build a backup runway, which serves about 20 passengers a day, for the John Murtha Airport in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
  • $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 longhorned 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, Florida.
  • $1.15 million to install a guardrail for a persistently dry lake bed in Guymon, Oklahoma.
  • $9.38 million to renovate a hundred year-old train depot, which has not been used for three decades, in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
  • $2.5 million in stimulus checks sent to the deceased.
  • $6 million for a snow-making facility in Duluth, Minnesota.
  • $173,834 to weatherize eight pickup trucks in Madison County, Illinois.
  • $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, Kansas.
  • $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, Michigan, 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, Vermont, 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, Oregon, to replace 100 aging bike lockers and build a garage that would house 250 bicycles.

The clowns in the Bread and Circuses Administration say that $159 billion from Porkulus has created or saved more than 640,000 jobs. Even though more than half the jobs were in education and not in the private sector as promised, that economists say it’s impossible to calculate jobs that are saved, and that ABC News calculated the cost to taxpayers for each job was $160,000, clueless Joe obstinately insists, “we’re on track.”

Come November 2010, clueless Joe, Brother O, and his clowns in the Salvation Sideshow will discover just how well that track and the Porkulus Act has worked out for them. 

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