Wanted: media reports on stimulus pork spending – Updated

We dished out hundreds of billions to the finance system and got pretty much nothing in return. Many of these institutions are now insolvent – whatever that means – but that does not mean the government can not find other ways to spend upwards of $1 trillion dollars to stimulate the economy.

I should have took the train down to Washington D.C. myself last week and put my request in, I’m certain I could have gotten a billion or two.

Searching high and low, there stories everywhere about projects that could be included in the Obama stimulus plan, you know, stuff like ACORN getting billions, hundreds of millions for contraceptives and that organized crime museum.

Now is your chance to get involved! Spending upwards of $1 trillion dollars is not an easy thing to do, nor is trying to wade through all of the news stories that mention these different projects.

When you find a story, add it to the comments section below, or send us a quick e-mail via the Contact page and we’ll add it to the list!

When you’re talking $1 trillion in spending, it’s way to much work for two guys who manage a blog… help us out will ya?

Update (Jim Vicevich): Well it didn’t take long before Jim Geraghty from National Review found more to throw in the pot … here’ s a sample of what he found. Click here to read more.

An additional $300 million for roads on Indian reservations.

An additional $100 million for the Lead Hazard Reduction Program.

An additional $44 million for “construction, repair, and improvement” of Department of Agriculture buildings, and an additional amount for “Buildings and Facilities” and an additional $209 million for work on “deferred maintenance at Agricultural Research Service facilities.”

An additional $245 million to “maintain and modernize the information technology system at the Farm Service Agency.”

Update 2 (Steve): Don’t forget that you can read the entire proposed stimulus plan – subject to change on a minute-by-minute basis.


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  1. gillie28 on January 25, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    This was from a report from the Kansas Board of Regents.  What was astonishing was the itemized amounts they have ready to go.  It's 19 (Adobe) pages long, and I put the final total from the last page:




    JANUARY 12, 2009

    Grand Total All Institutions 439,673,000

  2. gillie28 on January 25, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Here's another extract from an article from a Florida paper:


    MARTIN COUNTY — Before Congress starts to debate President-elect Obama's $775 billion to $1 trillion new deal to boost jobs and revive the economy, many Treasure Coast governments already have their hands out.

    County and municipal governments in Indian River, Martin and St. Lucie counties have submitted ambitious laundry lists of projects to groups such as the League of Cities and U.S. Conference of Mayors worth more than $1 billion.

  3. gillie28 on January 25, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    One more, then I'm done!  From the Daily Citizen:


    The Big Stimulus plan envisioned by President-elect Obama continues to take shape, and more folks keep showing up with their hands out.

    The U.S. Conference of Mayors visited Capitol Hill recently, wish list in hand. In this case the wish list took the form of more than 11,000 “infrastructure” projects valued at more than $73 billion.

    But don’t kid yourself that these projects are of any measurable importance to the nation as a whole. It is a mammoth grab bag of pork barrel projects.

    How about $20 million for a sports complex in Henderson, Neb., or $15 million for the Midway Park Family Life center in Euless, Texas?

  4. Erik from WH on January 25, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    Well here is the worst usage. I guess this isn't really bailout money, but the Fed are buying US treasuries.  They created $1.2 trillion since September, they refuse to say where it went. My guess is to BOA and to buy US treasuries.  This is what Zimbabwae does to fix their crisis, they buy their own debt. Of course this creates massive inflation but what the hell.


  5. skatejj on January 27, 2009 at 10:39 am

    If they want to snap the economy back this is how they should do it.give each person 125,000 dollars,they will take it and put it in the banks,they will shop,start new business,purchase new cars payoff debt,and most of all help the housing market.Thats Stimulus.Plus it is cheaper.     Give us the American People a new start too. That will make everyone happy.What a day that will be.

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