The Coburn-McCain report “Stimulus Checkup – A closer look at 100 projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act” examines how $7 billion in stimulus funds have been wasted, mismanaged, or directed toward silly and shortsighted projects.
The Department of Energy has announced an award for up to $5 million to install a geothermal energy system capable of heating an – almost empty – mall in Oak Ridge, Tennessee;
Lockheed Martin will receive a total of more than $21 million in federal money – with $4.7 million funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to advance research for supersonic jet travel;
A $2.2 million stimulus grant will help pay for new pipes to pump recycled water to the Sharp Park Golf Course in San Francisco, California. Unfortunately, the golf course may not exist for much longer. The City Council is considering closing the public course over concerns for the California red-legged frog and the San Francisco garter snake that live in the area.
The stimulus bill is reminiscent of of the late 1950’s and early 1960’s TV crime drama “The Naked City” which had the famous tagline: “There are eight million stories in the Naked City. This has been one of them.” And as American taxpayers, expect many more of these stories.