Sure, the economy needs a good jumpstart (anyone got cables?). But you really have to wonder what some legislators are thinkin’ as they spend money hand-over-fist trying to stimulate new jobs.
Quick to pounce on the debate are GOP Senators McCain and Coburn, who recently wrote a report outlining some “questionable” spending from the Obama Administration’s $862 billion economic stimulus act.
Like what? Like $550,000 worth of new windows for a Mount St. Helens visitors center that closed in 2007, $762,000 to create a computerized choreography program (at U. of North Carolina at Charlotte), and $72,000 for Wake Forest researchers to study the effects of cocaine on monkeys. Woo-hoo, party at the zoo!
Obviously, not all of the 70,000-plus Recovery Act projects underway are this ridiculous. And hopefully the good projects will put a major dent in our unemployment rates. But again, you gotta scratch your head at some thinking. I’m just hoping our legislators have the foresight to create a project that puts new t-shirts on the backs of every person in America.
While you’re waiting for the stimulus check in the mail, check-out some economy-themed T-shirts that are sure to strike up a conversation with folks on the street.