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Vote Against Your Least Favorite Pork Project at Stimuluswatch.org!

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Remember the idiotic compilation of "shovel-ready" projects put out by the U.S. Conference of Mayors late last year? You know, the one packed with hundreds of pages of phoney-baloney "essential" jobs including such gems as installing "Police Facility Solar Panels for Lake Havasu City, Arizona" (at a cost of only $400,000 and a gain of 75 jobs)? The mayors are storming the nation's capital as we speak, demanding that the stimulus plan put into action their pork-barrel wishlist.

Well now at Stimulus Watch, you can sift through all that material based on location, type of project, etc. Better yet, you can vote up or down on individual projects. Do you think it's a good idea for the feds to pay for a dog park in Chula Vista, California's Sunset View Park (it's a bargain at just $500,000, innit)? Then vote it up. Or better yet, vote it way down.

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  1. What’s with Cincinnati getting all the “most critical” program ratings? Methinks there are a few employees at the mayor’s office being a bit click-happy.

    Same goes for Buffalo and Austin, to a lesser extent.

  2. Actually I could think of more wasteful things that solar panels on a government facility in the desert. It saves money on what are very high electricity bills in the summer, money that comes from tax collections.

  3. Actually I could think of more wasteful things that solar panels on a government facility in the desert. It saves money on what are very high electricity bills in the summer, money that comes from tax collections.

    If they’re such a great idea, why doesn’t fucking Lake Havasu pay for the fucking panels out of its own goddam pocket?

  4. Without a doubt, the entirety of the defense department’s budget. It is pork swinified.

  5. “If they’re such a great idea, why doesn’t fucking Lake Havasu pay for the fucking panels out of its own goddam pocket?”

    Because the economy sucks and Lake Havasu can’t afford the panels? That’s what the stimulus is for — the private sector and state and local govts won’t spend money, so the federal government, which can run monster decificits if it wants to, spends the money instead.

  6. I noticed that every project I saw for my city is something I know for a fact to be either NOT shovel ready or already funded and under way.

  7. Because the economy sucks and Lake Havasu can’t afford the panels?

    But I thought the panels were a great deal, a more efficient/cheaper way to electrify the facility during peak usage. If that’s the case, then Lake Havasu can’t afford not to buy the panels in lean times.

  8. The best use of taxpayer funding:
    Penile Rd. Bridge Erection

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