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Here’s a handy list of Generational Theft Act pork and other abominable buried treasures to pass out to your friends and family. One glaring omission, though: Add in the $200 billion-plus government-guaranteed mortgage entitlement championed by Sens. McConnell, Graham, and Ensign.

Kill the bill. Stab it. Stick a fork in it. Then start over:

* $2 billion earmark to re-start FutureGen, a near-zero

emissions coal power plant in Illinois that the Dept. of Energy


last year because the project was inefficient

* A $246 million tax break for Hollywood movie producers to

buy motion picture film

* $650 million for the digital television (DTV) converter box

coupon program

* $88 million for the Coast Guard to design a new polar

icebreaker (arctic ship)

* $448 million for constructing the Dept. of Homeland

Security headquarters

* $248 million for furniture at the new Dept. of Homeland

Security headquarters

* $600 million to buy hybrid vehicles for federal employees

* $400 million for the CDC to screen and prevent STD’s

* $1.4 billion for a rural waste disposal programs

* $125 million for the Washington, D.C. 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


* $75 million for salaries of employees at the FBI

* $25 million for tribal alcohol and substance abuse


* $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


* $150 million for Smithsonian museum facilities

* $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 NIH facilities in

Bethesda, MD

* $160 million for “paid volunteers” at the Corporation for

National and Community Service

* $5.5 million for “energy efficiency initiatives” at the VA

“National Cemetery Administration”

* $850 million for Amtrak

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

* $75M to construct a new “security training” facility for

State Dept Security officers when they can be trained at

existing facilities

of other agencies.

* $110 million to the Farm Service Agency to upgrade computer


* $200 million in funding for the lease of alternative energy

vehicles for use on military installations.

* IDEA, Part B State Grants: Formula grants to assist the

States in meeting the excess costs of providing special

education and

related services to children with disabilities.

* IDEA Infants and Families: Formula grants to the

States to assist them in making early intervention services

available to

children with disabilities aged birth through 2 and their families.

* State Medicaid Bailout: $87.7 billion Through 3 different

mechanisms, the bill would provide additional federal funds to


Medicaid programs over the next 3 years. This is nearly $70

billion more

than the governors asked President Obama for in December, and

should be a

loan to be repaid by the states.

Bad Policy

* Eliminates fees on loans from the Small Business

Administration, thus pushing private capital toward unproductive


and away from productive businesses.

* Increases the definition of “youth” for certain summer job

programs from age 21 to age 24.

* $160 million to the Job Corps program at the Dept. of

Labor, but not for job programs – rather, to construct, alter or



* Requires a government study on the impact of minimum wage

laws on the Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa.

* $79 billion State Fiscal Stabilization (slush) Fund to

bailout the States by providing billions of dollars for

“education” costs of

any kind.

* $47.843 billion is appropriated for a variety of energy

programs that are primarily focused on renewable energy

development and

energy conservation/efficiency. Not one dollar is appropriated

to make

fossil fuels more affordable in the near future. More than $6

billion of

these funds go to environmental clean ups.

* Increases eligibility for “weatherization” assistance to

households 200 percent above the poverty level.

* The “Making Work Pay” credit of $500 to every individual

making less than $75,000 (or $1000 to couples making $150,000 or

less) would

pay people whether they are productive or not – akin to welfare.

* The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP – food

stamps) would temporarily suspend the 3-month limit for

non-working adults

to receive SNAP benefits, thus giving incentives not to find a job.

* Installs government as the creator of broadband

deployment regardless of whether the specific local/regional

market can

sustain it.

* Funds new “green jobs” job-training program without

eliminating inefficient job-training programs or consolidating


job-training programs.

* $890 million to the Social Security Administration

without any provisions to reduce improper payments, or any plan

to increase

solvency of the trust fund.

* Nothing requires the products that are purchased with these

funds be here in America. Lithium ion batteries, for instance, are

primarily made in Asia.


More: The inevitable lard-up, thanks to the lobbyists.

Update: 4:15pm Eastern. Sen. Coburn on the Senate floor now calling for removal of Hollywood stimulus. Max Baucus defending. Lamely.

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