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Stimulus or Pork?

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We combed through one-thousand-plus pages to get the straight dope on the economic stimulus bill.

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Who doesn't love pork?

Well, kosher people. Observant Muslims. Those deathly afraid of trichinosis.

Everyone else? They love their pork. Especially politicians. Earmarks, dubbed pork-barrel spending in American politics, are a fact of life in Washington: bridges to nowhere, tax breaks for manufacturers of wooden arrows and wool-makers... You get the idea.

The recently-passed $787 billion stimulus package, aimed at revitalizing the US economy and putting people back to work, has come under fire from critics, like Arizona Senator John McCain, who charge it's loaded with the stuff.
So our team of experts did what congressmen refused to do: Comb through the 1000-plus-page stimulus bill, prepare an itemized list of its salient points, and judge what's pork and what's real, red-blooded American stimulus (stimulus as honest and true as that provided by Jenna Jameson herself).

Here's a sampling of what we found:

Initiative
Cost
Verdict
Technology Innovation Program, which makes investments in high-risk, high-reward research and development.
$70 million
jen
A magnetic-levitation rail line between Disneyland and Las Vegas.
$500 million
jMcCain
Modernize Department of Defense facilities and make them more energy efficient.
$4.5 billion
jen
Storm-related repairs to NASA facilities.
$50 million
jMcCain
A "jumpstart" for the domestic lithium-ion industry.
$2 billion
jen
Small business loans through the Small Business Administration.
$426 million
jMcCain
U.S. Customs' development of non- intrusive detection technology at sea ports of entry.
$100 million
jen
Cleaning out leaking underground storage tank according to the Solid Waste Disposal Act.
$200 million
jMcCain
Research, labor exchange, and job training projects preparing workers for careers in the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries.
$500 million
jen
Construction and maintenance of Job Corps job-training centers for at-risk youth.
$300 million
jMcCain
Redevelopment of abandoned and foreclosed homes according to the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008.
$4.19 billion
jMcCain
Bennefit small shipyards in metropolises like Ketchikan, Alaska abd Bayou La Batre, Alabama.
$100 million
jen
Allocated for Native American schools for both 2009 and 2010.
$200 million
jMcCain
Wireless and Broadband deployment grants.
$2.825 billion
jen
Digital-to-analog converter box program.
$650 million
jMcCain
Hiring additional law enforcement.
$1 billion
jen
Major Research Instrumentation Program, which expands the scope of research and research training in science and engineering.
$300 million
jMcCain
Construction, repair, and alteration of border facilities and land ports of entry.
$1 billion
jMcCain
Construction, repair, and alteration of Federal buildings focusing on energy efficiency and conservation.
$6 billion
jen
Digital TV coupons.
$650 million
jMcCain
Maintenance needs within the National Park System including roads, bridges, and trails.
$1.7 billion
jen
Art projects and activities which preserve jobs in the non-profit arts sector threatened by declines in philanthropy during the economic downturn.
$50 million
jMcCain
Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund to prepare for and respond to an influenza pandemic.
$420 million
jen
Postponed maintenance on the Smithsonian.
$150 million
jMcCain

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