So what parts of the $900 billion package do they find so offensive they would hold up attempts at economic recovery? Well, they released a list of several dozen items o’ waste. I went ahead and added up all of the amounts on the list and it comes to about $24.5 billion. That’s a whopping 2.7% of the bill. These guys are willing to go to the mat over less than three percent of the total cost. And look at some of the things they deem wasteful:
$2 billion earmark to re-start FutureGen, a near-zero emissions coal power plant in Illinois that the Department of Energy defunded last year because it said the project was inefficient.
$88 million for the Coast Guard to design a new polar icebreaker (arctic ship).
$1.2 billion for "youth activities," including youth summer job programs
$1.4 billion for rural waste disposal programs
$600 million to buy hybrid vehicles for federal employees
$160 million for "paid volunteers" at the Corporation for National and Community Service.
$75 million to construct a "security training" facility for State Department Security officers when they can be trained at existing facilities of other agencies.
Yup, no stimulus there at all. Those things are all going to get done without hiring a single person. So let’s just stand in the way of whole thing.
Update: Ha, ha. The GOPers are now asking “Joe” the “Plumber” for assistance in formulating a proper stimulus package. I guess the war correspondent thing just wasn’t working out for him.