100 Ways Obama is Wasting Your Money

Ben Johnson, Floyd Reports


Conservatives often see the government as an Orwellian apparatus hungrily devouring our God-given rights. Liberals in power (three of the scariest words ever written) often given them ample reason to think so. But just as often, the government is less a sleek tiger than a bloated pig gorging on everything available, reveling in filth, and unintentionally destroying everything it touches in the process. Republican Senators Tom Coburn and John McCain have revealed how Obama’s stimulus bill is at once dangerous and hapless, disconcerting and idiotic.

Yesterday, I reported that $500,000 of the  bill went toward implanting microchips in recycling bins in Dayton, Ohio, to monitor residents’ trash. The senators’ “Summertime Blues” report lists 100 boondoggles underwritten by the taxpayers as part of the $862 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). While some have unnerving undertones, most of the waste uncovered in the 74-page synopsis just shows what a broken and corrupt place Washington is.

Among the more amusing findings, the report documents how our beloved leaders gave:

  • $298,543 to the Southwest Research Institute in Texas to study “atmospheric forecasting of weather and climate on other plants.” Yes, they will tell you the weather on Mars. The scientists insisted this “has great appeal.” We’re waiting with bated breath and our wallets open.
  • $712,883 for Northwestern University reserchers to build a robotic comedian.  (Has Janeane Garofalo retired?)
  • $89,298 to Boynton, Oklahoma, to build a sidewalk that leads to a ditch.
  • $144,541 to provide cocaine for Monkeys. Scientists at Wake Forest University will study the coked-up primates to research the “Effect of Cocaine Self-Administration on Metabotropic Glutamate Systems.”
  • $200,000 to Toledo, Ohio, to maintain a freighter ship it keeps on display that averages 30 visitors a day (in that tourist paradise of Toledo).
  • $253,123 for museum with 44 visitors a year. The North Carolina State Insect Museum will use the money to promote itself and end its Maytag repairman-like life. The first step is a “Insect of the Week” feature on its website, followed by a line of baseball cards with “native and fascinating insects.” Good luck with that, you social butterflies.
  • $1 million a year for 19 Los Angeles bus stations to purchase artwork to “enhance the customer experience.”
  • $1 million for buy iPod touches for 1,600 high school students in Salt Lake City. They get to keep the devices if they graduate with their class.
  • $6 million to build a boutique hotel in Buffalo, New York, “as high-end as they come.” But the local conventions bureau’s former president said they need no more hotel rooms.
  • And perhaps most unforgivably — $25,000 for the International Accordion Festival in San Antonio, Texas.

Feeling fleeced yet? You will after you read the report.

Their booklet recounts page upon page of such grants. The beneficiaries’ attempts to explain  these pork projects “create jobs” is imaginative fiction, and their claims of having created, e.g., one-quarter of one job here, one-half of one job there, make one wonder how anyone could ever believe Keynesian economics again. The report makes clear, upon a careful reading, the bill destroyed as many jobs as it produced, even in projects that actually hired people. Heaven knows how many jobs this $0.84 trillion confiscation could have generated in the free market, or how much better the average taxpayer’s quality of life would have been if he had some of that money back in his pockets.

It’s funny about the Left; you have to laugh to keep from crying.

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  1. President Harry Truman said, “The buck stops here!”
    President Barack Obama says, “Leave the bucks here!”

  2. Q. Why did Jane Fonda vote for Barack Obama?
    A. Because Ho Chi Minh is dead.

  3. Obama promises to get cocaine off of America's streets, one line at a time.

  4. esnes nomac says:

    Obama knows exactly what he is doing, bankrupting the USA, and he's right on target to do that in 2011.

    The only way to stop him is for conservatives to win both houses of congress in November 2, 2010, repeal all legislation he has signed in 2011, and then impeach him!

    Immediately after January 20th, congress should collect and preserve all records necessary to expose and convict the many criminals in Obama's administration!

  5. nobama is having a fine time PENDING YOUR MONEY ,,,,,,,,, HE GETS THE BUCKS, WE MIGHT NEVER SEE THE CHANGE. better than a pimp with a stolen credit card, you his bi**ch, he yo pimp

  6. As long as this low life is in our oval office he will waste our money. One of the tools he wiil use to finish destroying our country is thru our monetary system. Remember when osama said those words. This dude is a terrorist within. He is an American Hater and the American people had better wake up!!!!!

  7. What about the huge waste going on by Michelle Antoinette having 26 aids at the cost of over 1.5 million dollars a year of tax payers money, when most other Whitehouse wives had 1 aid and one had 2 aids. What in the hell does she need 26 aids for? Who in the hell does she think she is? She also needs to be investigated, tried and thrown in prison. On second thought, hanging would be a lot cheaper.

    • Sharon Maancuso says:

      LOL the exact thoughts of I agreemany of us.__Impeach the idiot now,,

    • I read a quote from the first lady (before Barack was elected i think) saying something to the effect that if she were first lady she wouldn't waste her time reading dr. seuss to "snot-nosed kids" all day. I guess this is what she had in mind. Oh… and frivolous European vacationing.

  8. Please IMPEACH this aa-hole now..

    • Moderator #3 says:

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  9. two ways Bush wasted way more than Obama ever will: 1) Afghanistan and 2) Iraq

    • Two ways Bush honored the Oath of Office he took more than Obama ever will: 1) Afghanistan and 2) Iraq

      • At least, under Bush, our troops didnt have to worry about weapons and equipment. Obama wouldnt care
        if our troops fought barefoot and rags to protect their head.
        I didnt care for Bush any more then I care for Obama, but at least I felt SAFER under Bush!!
        AND THATS A FACT!!

  10. William L. Sasman says:

    I believe Mr. Johnson could have raised the many ways obama is spendingv our money from100 to300. By the time 2012 rolls around it can be much higher.

  11. NO US Elections in 2010?

    Look at:


    Be sure to look at the Archives

    Is this what the Left is planning?

    Is this what some of the Democratic supporters are
    planning? Are some of these supporters
    putting in a powder they call "Jock Strap"?

    Is their budget about $100,000 to allow sending
    75,000 Puffies to Republicans, their offices, and the
    homes of their supporters?

    Are they trying to give Obama a reason to issue
    a Presidential Order to shut down the 2010 elections
    until the Puffie issue is resolved?

    Are huge numbers of 99ers also playing Puffie to
    force the US Government to take some action?
    Is this Puffie stuff just a low cost US civil war?


  12. What a waste of money. These people that want this are morons.

  13. I am 48 and totally disabled from a debilitating chronic disease. I wish I could go back to gainful employment for no one will hire me with my limitations. I cannot understand and/or believe that Obama has done away with the COLA increase for SSI disability and old age recipients for 2 years running. That's never been done before. Yet he can't give it away fast enough to the banks and AIG. I truly believe that the govt. will soon stop all SSI benefits.

  14. Craig Vandertie says:

    Obama commits U.S. aid to Japan, let those rich Japanese tycoons render humanitarian services to their own, as always my question and concern is who would be their to help us out in a disaster, oh that is right we are going through a tragic unemployment and economic situation, Gas prices going through the roof, as is the cost of shipping thus all commodities.

  15. why doesn’t he give money so I can eat?

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  17. Waste waste waste.he needs to go get him out of the white house weak president

  18. J Compton says:

    I just want to know how the head idiot got the funds for the Hawaiian hideaway and I have heard of one in the Middle East. Maybe that is why we are in such debt. We are totally broke! It will not pay it all however I would like to see state and national legislation to the effect that both entities have to sell any and all properties held by them to private citizens and corporations. This includes BLM land etc that is not under use. BLM land is not under use, just held by the government for ??? press on. Get that land on the tax rolls.
    There are a plethora of publications that list the multitude of jobs that need to be eliminated. One that I remember was paying a person about $35,000.00 per year to daily measure the depth of the Erie Canal. That has not been used for navigation for over 100 years. This was just one of thousands. The answer I usually get back is " it's only $35,000.00!

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