A payoff, not a stimulus

Another great moment in Charles Krauthammer history. After Republicans pointed out yesterday the waste in the President’s porkapalooza stimulus bill (money for ant research) … Krauthammer couldn’t resist the opportunity to call it like he sees it and he sees with great clarity and very little political correctness.

It begins with the Republican outing of stimulus mis-spending … or outright fraud.

The report, released by Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and John McCain, R-Ariz., highlights 100 stimulus projects that they say have “questionable goals,” are “being mismanaged or were poorly planned” and are even “costing jobs and hurting small businesses.”

The Coburn-McCain report takes issue with stimulus spending on projects like one that entailed research on how cocaine affects monkeys. The Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center was awarded $71,623 to study what the report calls, “Monkeys Getting High for Science.”

Krauthammer sees the project for what they are … payoffs


Payoffs? Favoritism? From politicians. Sacrifice real jobs for favored sons? I am shocked to find there’s gambling in the casino.

6 replies
  1. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    And another reason they are holding up a large portion of it to spend during the election, rather than now (or last year really), when we actually need it, assuming it would be spent on something useful of course.


    How about refurbishing all those boarded up buildings in Hartford?  Economic stimulus, job creation, affordable home creation and urban beautification.   What is not to like?


    The lefties like to say that a dollar of unemployment money generates some $1.60 in economic benefit.  Well what does payoff money generate?  What does unspent "stimulus" money generate?


    More votes than jobs, to be sure.

    • Lynn
      Lynn says:

      Great idea. Personally, I wouldn't have objected to the Stimulus money being used to manufacture blades for Wind Vanes, solar panels, long term batteries that were developed here in CT. With some of the money we have already pumped into CT State University System and UCONN let them develop ideas for Alternative energy. Give grants to start-ups who have the ideas but no investment money. Connecticut needs manufacturing and we all need to get off our binge of foreign oil and paying terroists to plot against us. Connecticut still has brainpower but not for long, we are losing our brightest and best. Sorry if I sound leftist.

  2. Tim-in-Alabama
    Tim-in-Alabama says:

    Obama is even losing support among the coked-up monkey researchers, who now believe 44 to 56 percent, the country is on the wrong track. When they first received their money for monkey coke, researchers thought 96 to 4 percent the country was on the right track. No opinion data is available for the coked up monkeys, who simply shrieked and threw feces in response to every polling question.

  3. winnie888
    winnie888 says:

    I love Krauthammer!  This guy is a quiet GENIUS and he always states facts calmly.  Whatta man!

  4. Linda Mae
    Linda Mae says:

    I wonder if the apes shared their stash with the staff at the lab.  I've heard from very good souces that lab animals are very generous.

  5. Lynn
    Lynn says:

    Ok, While I'm on it! How about the Feds using the money to remove all the soil that's polluted around businesses. It is not the business's fault that their building had businesses in the past that used chemicals. asbestos and minerals that are now deemed toxic. The federal and state penalties are enormous and it renders the property impossible to sell. Brownfield legislation only allows for a Town or state to remove and replace soil. Manufacturing and small businesses are the engine and they need help!

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