The GOP has listed what they think is wasteful in Obama's new stimulus package. Here is the news article:
Now, I hate it when the government has to spend money, period, but I guess we aren't going to stop them. So, the GOP gave their stimulus money to the banks, in hopes that the money would trickle down to us. Instead of using that money to give us loans, the banks decided to keep it. I feel trickled on, all right, but not with money, but with an infamous yellow liquid.
Now, the GOP has made a list of "unnecessary" articles in the current stimulus package. Most of the things they listed would give someone a job, which will stimulate the economy, but they are right on a few things:
Â• A $246 million tax break for Hollywood movie producers to buy motion picture film.
Â• $88 million for the Coast Guard to design a new polar icebreaker (arctic ship).
Â• $150 million for Smithsonian museum facilities.
And then there are a few listings for alcohol and substance abuse or STD testing, which are a bit shaky.
What I can't believe is on the list:
Â• $600 million to buy hybrid vehicles for federal employees.
Â• $200 million in funding for the lease of alternative energy vehicles for use on military installations.
Â• $6 billion to turn federal buildings into "green" buildings.
These proposals are both green and job producing.
Â• $500 million for flood reduction projects on the Mississippi River.
Â• $10 million to inspect canals in urban areas.
When there is a flood, it shuts down the economy of the area affected, so this sounds like good long term thinking to me.
Â• $1.2 billion for "youth activities," including youth summer job programs.
Â• $160 million for "paid volunteers" at the Corporation for National and Community Service.
These programs which create jobs are a "wasteful" part of the stimulus package?
I agree that the stimulus package isn't perfect, but there are many programs that need to be done, and will create jobs in the process.Â I have pointed out the glaringly good and the glaringly bad.Â I have lesser agreements and disagreements with other articles on the list, but I don't want to repost the whole article.Â What do you think?