August 3rd, 2010
08:05 AM ET
4 years ago

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

 A visitor center at Mount St. Helens, seen in 2004, is now closed, but got new windows under a stimulus project.
A visitor center at Mount St. Helens, seen in 2004, is now closed, but got new windows under a stimulus project.

Washington (CNN) – Monkeys on cocaine. New windows for a closed visitor's center. Modern dance as a tool for software development.

A report released Tuesday by conservative 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.

The report highlights the extraordinary "waste and mismanagement" of taxpayer dollars, said McCain, R-Arizona. The stimulus plan "was supposed to create jobs. It does not."

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(Updated at 12:10 p.m. ET)


Filed under: issues • John McCain • Stimulus • Tom Coburn
soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I like the DNC's "Contract on America" ad much better.

    August 3, 2010 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  2. glib lib

    At seems that these repubs are so worried about the deficit and government spending that they would cut their own mothers off unemployment. but when it comes to military spending or tax breaks for the top 2% they get real generous with that money real quick. I agree we need to cut oout wasteful spendine but that means all wasteful spending. Not just what these repubs deem wasteful. Republican hypocrisy knows no bounds.

    August 3, 2010 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  3. jules sand-perkins

    Modern dance?
    Classical ballet needs a perk, but nobody wants to work that much anymore: that's why the economy isn't functioning.

    August 3, 2010 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  4. pc

    why can't these idiots produce a list of things that can spur the economy ? the old white repubs don't have a clue, all they can do is put down the president in any way possiable without ever offering a plan to help. i am so sick of the republicans bashing constanly any an all ideas and never offering a better plan of recovery. mccain is such a has been, i just thank god that he was not elected to be my leader an president. all mccain knows is wars,wars an more wars. he is feeble an a disgrace to our country. what he did with trailor trash palin will never be forgotten or forgiven. god help us if the republican party regains the senate, the middle glass will diappear forever. i hope the rich knows that we the little people are the workers out here,without us who will do their grunt work?

    August 3, 2010 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  5. Pat F

    Obama-style kleptocracy at its best.

    August 3, 2010 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  6. La Piovra

    I have elsewhere seen some of these items listed. Let us see how the good senators have interpreted them. Many of these projects, mind, are not even a million dollars, but to proceed:
    The one on imported ants, for example. Silly? Ask any farmer whose fields have been rendered unusable by solenopsis invicta. Unlike our native fire ants, these Argentine imports build mounds many yards square, and when they go to war, they can sicken and even kill dogs, cattle, horses, and people. The primates on cocaine? Some Republican think tanks have proposed it would be more cost-effective to experiment on nonvolunteer prisoners. The Mt. St. Helens center is up for sale to a private buyer, and it won't bring us our money's worth with broken windows. In short, Mssrs McCain and Coburn have given this thing their own, unique spin "to make a point", as Breitbart did. How much of our money did they spend assembling this propaganda? Let's hear that one.

    August 3, 2010 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  7. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    Well no surprise here, our tax dollars flushed down the drain. Meet the new boss same as the old boss.
    Do you want to do somethin g about it? Well don't send the same people back to Washington again. And if the new fake people representation doesn't bring honesty back to the people's government then vote them out in the next election. The time has come to show these fools that they need to represent the people first once more.

    Fire All incumbents!

    Vote Congress out, “you are fired” if they are in. Vote them out this fall no matter what party they belong to, and in the next election and every election going forward until they become the servants of the people once more.
    This November tell Congress "You Are Fired!"

    August 3, 2010 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  8. Growup

    How about telling the whole story like the vast majority of good stimulus project. Why do these guys like playing to the most negative elments of society. Maybe the visitor center was closes because it needed repair, but we'll never know the whole story.

    August 3, 2010 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  9. GI Joe

    The money was given to states to create jobs. Go after the states that wasted the money.

    McSongbird is a bitter old man and is running for re-election. It's to be expected he will be critical of everything.

    He's the one that chose the wasilla trailer tramp. He's the one that chose to lose.

    August 3, 2010 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  10. Adalbert

    Anyone who wants the disaster’s bush years and the republicans back is nuts. Do they really want more wars? More killing? More obstruction of justice? More unemployment? More corporate welfare? More tax cuts to the rich? More wasteful military spending? And so on and on. The republicans offer nothing else.

    August 3, 2010 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  11. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It would have been nice for a better review of where the money went. How much, as a percentage, are these silly little projects and who requested them? Those are also important questions.

    August 3, 2010 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  12. La Piovra

    P. S. I am gratified to note that Sen. McCain has lifted his hold and that the stool softener he took has limbered up his thought processes a little.

    August 3, 2010 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  13. mike

    it is easy to complain about the democrats and say that they are going to raise our taxes and talk about the stimulus but if you are defending the rich on tax cuts what i want to know is WERE ARE THE JOBS or is this another empty promise from the republicans they had there chance and they screwed themselves SHOW ME THE MONEY

    August 3, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  14. mother and sister of soldiers

    With the additional needs of those struggling in this country, isn't it time the dems look at these rediculous programs and put the money to good use. Right now they are taxing and punishing the very people who create jobs, the private sector. I know the effects and have seen 60 more layoffs this week, no raises and all managements levels taking a 25% paycut. All the administration is doing is demonizing the very people who fuel the economy . Of course, I do not expect anyone I see blogging here to understand this cause they are led by the words of their leader, their entitlements and not education! Republicans are business men who understand the economy....democrats are lawyers, and we have a president who is a socialist community organizer who has divided this country like no other president has.

    August 3, 2010 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  15. Video Guy

    How about the Waste given this country in the person of Sarah Palin. Johnny please stop trying to impress the people back home. It really too late now, the damage to this country if done.

    August 3, 2010 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  16. Ron in california

    Almost a Million Dollars for computerized choreography.? Uh! Hollywood movie and TV sutdios have that covered. Studying the Effect of Cocaine Self-Administration on Metabotropic Glutamate Systems on Monkeys. Uh? Don't we have enough addicts to use for that and matbe help them at the same time? I'll bet the monkeys love it. Jackasses all.

    August 3, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  17. The Real Me

    Typical wasted Government Spending.

    August 3, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  18. Rick McDaniel

    Everyone knows that the "stimulus" was totally wasted, and that few jobs for Americans were created.

    Most of the jobs created, actually went to foreign nationals, and not Americans.

    August 3, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  19. lolo

    This is a joke. The Republicans have blocked everything under the sun to create jobs. Now they have a list. They should know since they caused the standstill of job growth. They are really lunatics and hypocrites.

    August 3, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  20. Ed L

    The worst was the Bush giveaway of 700M without any oversight.....

    BUSH IS A WAR CRIMINAL.

    August 3, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  21. inofritzn

    Dumb liberal democrats, can't believe you half-brained sheep still think the Gov. can be trusted to spend money properly. Step into reality for a bit.

    August 3, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  22. joseph L

    I would suspect that these windows were needed, right? But I do admit the republicans cant show one dollar spent by them actually created a job either. McCain has been after Obama since he lost the election, and that is a no friller to me. Honestly do he think he would have did any better with a Democatic controled congress, I doubt it. The market is showing recovery and yes above the 10000 mark. what he is not telling you that the military spent 4000 on a toilet for an transport plane. or any of the other perks the republicans have done. He seems to only be targeting Democratic spending and not his fellow republicans, that is not fiscal responsiblity that selective responsiblitty.

    August 3, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  23. Blablabla

    What about the Bush's tax cuts that put us in this miserable state? Thanks to whom ? Santa Claus ?

    August 3, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  24. Dan

    That's all the Repugs do is complain and have no plan for the country going forward. The Repubs benefitted from the stimulus as much if not more than the Democrats, they're just not mentioning that to the American public.

    August 3, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  25. mary

    All stimulus funded projects provided work for any number of people and gave the businesses supplying the project some income that they otherwise would not have had. Why don't McCain and other hypocritical Republicans begin to speak out to the corporations and businesses, large and small, that are hoarding cash from their record 2009-2010 profits and tell them to hire some workers and get moving on this economy, instead of hoarding profits and cash, to be spent if a Republican gets elected. The only thing Republicans do with their mouths and their actions is to manipulate the public politically in hopes of future power grabs and political gains. McCain and his cronies are pathetic. Please forward this comment to him. Thanks.

    August 3, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
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