What GOP Leaders deem wasteful in Senate stimulus bill

Do we need a stimulus bill that is full of wasteful spending?

As a business owner or a private individual, when you look at all the money going into the stimulus you have to ask yourself why is there so much additional unnecessary spending attached to the stimulus bill.
For example how will building a new Homeland Security building affect the economy?  Surely if there is a need for that doesn’t Homeland Security have a budget from the government for new buildings? This isn’t a stimulus package, its a “I want package that the tax payer will pay off forever”.  They are talking  1 trillion dollars, will that amount ever be paid back?  

What about the new jobs being created.
One in Five new jobs will be in a government position at a cost of over $200,000 per job, and the public are being told this is a good deal.  I am glad that the companies I work with don’t have to spend that amount of money per person to get  new employees.  Why is this being pushed through, why isn’t anybody speaking up who is noticing these things, and lets not even start about talking about “earmarked” money .

I totally agree with a stimulus package – but one that generates a turn over in the economy, strengthens banks and mortgage companies and lending societies, a stimulus that does create jobs but not at a cost of $200,000+ per job. 

Ok enough from me lets see some facts:

Reported by CNN: On Monday, Congressional Republican leaders put out a list of what they call wasteful provisions in the Senate version of the nearly $900 billion stimulus bill that is being debated:

The Senate is currently the nearly $900 billion economic stimulus bill.

• $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.

• A $246 million tax break for Hollywood movie producers to buy motion picture film.

• $650 million for the digital television converter box coupon program.

• $88 million for the Coast Guard to design a new polar icebreaker (arctic ship).

• $448 million for constructing the Department of Homeland Security headquarters.

• $248 million for furniture at the new Homeland Security headquarters.

• $600 million to buy hybrid vehicles for federal employees.

• $400 million for the Centers for Disease Control to screen and prevent STD’s.

• $1.4 billion for rural waste disposal programs.

• $125 million for the Washington sewer system.

• $150 million for Smithsonian museum facilities.

• $1 billion for the 2010 Census, which has a projected cost overrun of $3 billion.

• $75 million for “smoking cessation activities.”

• $200 million for public computer centers at community colleges.

• $75 million for salaries of employees at the FBI.

• $25 million for tribal alcohol and substance abuse reduction.

• $500 million for flood reduction projects on the Mississippi River.

• $10 million to inspect canals in urban areas.

• $6 billion to turn federal buildings into “green” buildings.

• $500 million for state and local fire stations.

• $650 million for wildland fire management on forest service lands.

• $1.2 billion for “youth activities,” including youth summer job programs.

• $88 million for renovating the headquarters of the Public Health Service.

• $412 million for CDC buildings and property.

• $500 million for building and repairing National Institutes of Health facilities in Bethesda, Maryland.

• $160 million for “paid volunteers” at the Corporation for National and Community Service.

• $5.5 million for “energy efficiency initiatives” at the Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration.

• $850 million for Amtrak.

• $100 million for reducing the hazard of lead-based paint.

• $75 million to construct a “security training” facility for State Department Security officers when they can be trained at existing facilities of other agencies.

• $110 million to the Farm Service Agency to upgrade computer systems.

• $200 million in funding for the lease of alternative energy vehicles for use on military installations.

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