August 3rd, 2010
02:26 PM ET
8 years ago

GOP slams stimulus plan with list of 100 worst projects

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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Filed under: issues • John McCain • stimulus plan • Tom Coburn
soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. Jeannettelj

    Yes, and how many of you republicans voted for most of these programs? And if you didn't i am sure you voted for those that would help you win votes. As for John McCain, he is way past his prime and here in Az we need some more modern thinking senators.

    August 3, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  2. Not All Docs Play Golf

    The NO Republican NO party has at least been NO consistent in NO their NO message. They NO seem not to be NO able to NO offer any NO positive NO plans, just NO a list NO of things NO they NO object to. They have NO collectively NO become such NO a sourpuss NO bunch. They NO don't offer NO any hope NO or anything NO positive NO for the NO American NO people. So, NO we can NO only NO expect NO more NO negativity NO from NO them NO.

    As for me, I prefer HOPE and YES WE CAN any day.

    August 3, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  3. jeb bush

    the republicans have done their homework. they sit back and wait for that noose to tighten as as the dems hit that trap door. but it makes me wonder how many of "these " projects benefited the republicans and the red states they represent? rightwingers are expert at throwing a rock and hiding their hand.

    August 3, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  4. Laverne

    Still waiting on the GOP plans, ideas, solutions, where are they?? GOP = problem finders, DNC = problem solvers!

    August 3, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  5. beth

    DO they remember that the first stimulus bailing out the banking industry was made during the Bush Administration?..remember McCain tried to use it as an excuse to delay the presidential debate?

    August 3, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  6. BR

    John McCain is now a "conservative" senator? What a difference two years makes!

    August 3, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  7. Scott

    I don't believe that was the full title. I believe the full title was "100 Worst Projects, for which Republicans also took checks for".

    August 3, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  8. GoldMember

    I have already talked about using words that do not fit the story, "SLAMS"
    wow!, that sounds like someone took down a big opponent, but in reality is not even news, just a "blurb" because the report is really flawed as the last one they did.

    How about this

    "GOP stimulus plan critics presents a list of 100 worst projects"

    That would sound more like CNN and less like FOX.

    August 3, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  9. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but...

    And I'll bet that the combined cost of all 100 put together is nothing compared to the cost of the republican jobs plan AKA the Global War on Terror (TM). Have a nice day!

    August 3, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  10. katiec

    The republicans fail to mention their kind of "stimulous" plans and that is to continue the unfunded tax cuts and perks for the rich which will in total add $3.5 TRILLION to our deficit.
    No, they obstruct finance reform, campaign reform, funds to help small business, extension of unemployment etc.
    They are on their way to becoming our country's most dangerous
    domestic terrorists.

    August 3, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  11. works for me

    ... and their ideas were and what??

    August 3, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  12. Alan

    Show me the top 100 and a total number of projects overall and I'll tell you if this bottom-of-the-barrel list is illustrative of the Administration's handling of the stimulus funds or illustrative of the still-greedy bloodsuckers who routinely defraud these kinds of large-scale programs to trick the government into putting up our funds.

    August 3, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  13. tweety

    ....and in normal Republicanknucklehead fashion had zero of their own solutions after 'slamming' the Dem's ideas.

    Big surprise there.

    August 3, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  14. Mikey

    How much is the total of their "100 worst". If the projects average $100 million each, we are talking about $10 billion. That would be a little over 1% of the total. If only 2% of the money was poorly spent, the Obama Administration should be commended. I suspect there is more waste than that. I also suspect many of the projects on the '100' list are not nearly as bad as the 'NO' crowd would have you believe.

    My disappointment is that there has been no huge signature project from the stimulus, like the core that a new clean energy economy could be built on. That would have been killing two birds with one stone. Where is the "Hoover Dam" of the Great Recession?

    August 3, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  15. works for me

    Just where would we be with you at the helm, McCain and with Palin holding your cojones in her back pocket??
    For the Party, huh McCain... definitely NOT for the people!

    August 3, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  16. Victim of GOP Taliban

    What did I get for a pre-emptive War in Iraq? Several trillion later the only ones that benefited were Big Oil, Dick Cheney's Haliburton and their war profiteering lobbyist pals.

    August 3, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  17. Rachael

    Just more political politics being played out by these lame Republicans that can't and won't do anythng constructive in their jobs that they were elected to do.......just more negative posturing, stonewalling, trying to make it look like the Stimulas was a bad idea.....Coburn and McCain are just upset that the monkeys got the Cocaine and they didn't........

    August 3, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  18. Ellie

    They forgot to add two started by Bush: the Iraq and Afghan wars. No mission accomplished there except too many deaths and too much debt.

    August 3, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  19. Texas Granny

    If the GOP is going to be so petty & nasty about this, how about creating a similar list for the Republicans?
    Let's start with "Looking for Weapons of Mass Destruction & Going to War in Iraq over supposed WMD"- just how much was spent on that debacle?

    August 3, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  20. Jilli

    The republicans haven't done anything constructive in the last 10 years, and they come up with this bull crap?

    Hey, grab a mop gop and help clean up your messes!

    August 3, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  21. snow

    Monkeys on cocaine and this is what liberal demorats use our tax dollars. These are the dollars that were supposed to be used to stimulate the economy and create jobs. No wonder there have been negative job numbers under this administration. We can no longer afford liberal demorats and nobama.

    August 3, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  22. diridi

    you imagine, how stupid it is....if a road blocked because of construction in Wisconsin, well, you know, if a man needs bagels, he goes and buys, he does not care whether road closed...or not, it does not bar....ok, I told you they keep crying....idiotic...ok

    August 3, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  23. Malt

    Obama and the democrats wasted billions of dollars, jobs were lost, debt skyrocketed, economy weakened, recovery delayed... and yet, he still has his little mindless minions and bloggers.

    Luckily, Pelosi and the other democrats have cleaned up corruption in the Congress. Oh wait, it's worse than before.... never mind.

    August 3, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  24. independent

    The GOP has their list. I propose that the CNN contributors come up with their own lists.

    A list of worst GOP politicians/spokespersons.
    A list of worst tax cuts, give-aways, deductions or credits
    A list of worst politicians, any affiliation
    A list of hypocritical or dumbest quotes/statements
    A list of most out of touch people
    A list of most out of touch media sources

    Or, make up a list.

    August 3, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  25. Margaret Anderson/Boise, Idaho

    After the Shirley Sherrod fisco that the conservatives pushed as factual, you would think they would learn. Just use enough facts to get attention and then mislead people on the rest. I am beginning to think that this is all the Republicans have to offer the American people. They hold up empty notebooks for their economic solutions. They stop any progress on anything of substance. I have been waiting for them to actually show a better way. They don't add to possitive solutions, they just try to stop everything. The voters need to help them find reality.

    August 3, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
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