August 3rd, 2010
01:23 PM ET

GOP senators list what they say are the 100 worst stimulus projects

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/POLITICS/08/03/senators.stimulus.spending/t1larg.jpg caption="A visitor center at Mount St. Helens, seen in 2004, is now closed, but got new windows under a stimulus project."]

Tom Cohen

Monkeys on cocaine. New windows for a closed visitor center. Modern dance as a tool for software development.

A report to be released Tuesday by conservative Republican Sens. Tom Coburn and John McCain cited these and 97 other projects as leading examples of misguided or wasteful spending under the Obama administration's $862 billion economic stimulus bill.

Titled "Summertime Blues," the report is the third by the two senators targeting projects that they say fail to meet the job-creation goal of spending under the Recovery Act of 2009.

"We owe it to all Americans that are paying taxes and struggling to find jobs, to rebuild our economy without doing additional harm, and to do it in a way that expands opportunities for future generations," said the introduction to the report by Coburn, R-Oklahoma, and McCain, R-Arizona. "Too many stimulus projects are failing to meet that goal."

While some projects in the report "may have merit," they are "being mismanaged or were poorly planned," the report said.

The Recovery Act, which was passed a few weeks after President Barack Obama took office, was a government-funded effort to kick-start economic activity in response to the ongoing recession.

It called for "shovel-ready" jobs - from road and bridge repair and construction to scientific research and expanded broadband and wireless service - through federal contracts, grants and loans, as well as helping state and local governments avoid layoffs and funding tax cuts.

The senators' report challenged the viability or effectiveness of specific projects across the country. However, the report's use of selected information from hundreds of footnoted sources left it unclear whether the brief summaries of each project told the whole story.


Filed under: John McCain • President Barack Obama • Raw Politics • Stimulus
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. J.V.Hodgson

    First if No 28 on thier list only amounts to $72K (one assumes they are listed in size of money spent) then in relation to the whole it is peanuts and contextually unrealistic as you point out.
    Second my son is in the research field and I know the hoops/peer reviews and competition he faces for a grant(s), which if terminated in his small case would put 4/5people out of work. Also he is involved in cutting edge cancer research, much of which has been published in Nature and science magazines.70,000 dollars to enable a research team to complete the project is worthwhile as otherwise it would not have been put into work in the first place. Monkeys on cocaine is a Breitbart style misuse of media and appalling. The research uses Monkeys to help in the cocaine addiction recovery of humans for goodness sake. You want to put it in for animal rights purposes, fine this 3 worder is totally disingenuos.

    August 4, 2010 at 12:24 am |
  2. Hank

    The stimulus did nothing except increase the debt. Shovel-ready jobs? The only shoveling going on was the STUFF Obama and Pelosi were pushing with their agendas. Now we need bulldozers to dig us out of the trillion dollar pile of STUFF his stimulus bill has provided.

    August 3, 2010 at 11:27 pm |
  3. Thomas Jones

    I just hope the republicans win election in the senate.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  4. nativegrl77

    After going back online the info from a TDN.com article by confirms that The coldwater ridge though closed, did get money for windows and is now being looked at an investment and like so many other things probably will be up for sale and a profit made on it... isn't that something Republicans believe in?

    August 3, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  5. nativegrl77

    The Coldwater Ridge closed in 2007 and while it was 1 of 3 Visitor Centers available, i am not sure these Republicans know what they are talking about or misleading the reader because the stimulus money went out way after the 2007 closing and because the name of the Mt St Helen visitor center is left out you have to wonder about this story period . I called and the other visitor centers are open and as everyone knows it is a seasonal thing so they aren't open year around ....etc..

    August 3, 2010 at 4:30 pm |