The massive bill, now hovering around $900 Billion, appears hard to grasp in terms of how much pork is in the bill. Those attempting to dig into the bill are finding the massive amounts of waste and pork within the bill. However, I was unable to find a comprehensive list of all the pork as everyone continues to find more in it. The Wall Street Journal has a very good article on the waste and list of pork but misses a couple of projects (they, likely, were not aware of them, at the time – such as $75 million for smoking cessation). The WSJ also notes that only 12 cents on every dollar is spent on anything that can, arguably, be considered stimulus. That means that 88 cents/dollar (or 88%) of the bill is waste.
I was going to try to compile a list of all the waste, thus far, but with the continuing stream of “new finds” it would be rapidly obsolete. As such, go to the above linked Wall Street Journal Article – it provides a good, baseline list. Then, go to Michelle Malkin and Hot Air as they are doing a good job of reporting on the waste, check their sites frequently for updates.
Finally, be sure to contact your Respresantative and Senators – politely ask them to oppose this bill. Be sure to watch your local officials, many are happily jumping on the pork bandwagon, including Davis County officials.
Now the warning. Remember TARP (the $700 Billion bank bailout)? There is talk about a separate TARP II. I first heard about it via an Allahpundit post on January 20th. The information is being confirmed. Better fight now and fight hard.
UPDATE: The Heritage Foundation also has some information here, here, and here. The Swine Line has more on the pork (which includes $1 Billion for ACORN). It is also no wonder that the NEA and UEA support the bill – both would benefit from around $142 Billion expansion of the Dept. Of Education. That, too, would stick with the aforementioned 12 cent formula, producing hardly any arguable economic stimulus. Apparantly, it’s ok to strap the kids in the educational system with massive, new debt. And don’t forget the $335 million in STD prevention. Good luck keeping up with the waste in the bill…
UPDATE: The bill has passed the House (244-188). However, as surprising as this may be, not a single Republican voted for it and 11 Democrats voted with the Republicans (ie a bipartisan vote against the bill!). In terms of Utah’s Representatives, Bishop and Chaffetz voted No while, unfortunatley, Matheson votes Yes on “porkulus”. Click here for the House vote list. Now it is on to the Senate…will Hatch and Bennett find their spines or cave? Plan on calling their offices tomorrow. While you’re at it, if your Representative voted no, call and thank them.
UPDATE: Go to Key Senators To Call On The Stimulus (Updated Pork List) for the most up-to-date pork list (note, however, that, too, isn’t comprehensive).