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. Charlie in Maine

    And now for the five best GOP ideas.
    #1. Say "No and try to make Obama look bad and to heck with the country.
    #2 . Say "No and try to make Obama look bad and to heck with the country.
    #3. . Say "No and try to make Obama look bad and to heck with the country
    #4 . Say "No and try to make Obama look bad and to heck with the country.
    #5 . Say "No and try to make Obama look bad and to heck with the country.

    Come on America aren't we smarter than this?.

    August 3, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  2. gt

    i am sure there is alot more abuse that 100....america has been rip off again...

    August 3, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  3. Nick , California

    Typical Christian Republicans.. your either with us or against us!!! The Republican of today is the definition of hypocrite.. not to say that some Dems are guilty of the same, but not the extreme of the Republicans! This is all sport to them.. The fact that they punish him "for his cooperation and support of President Obama and the Democratic Party's liberal agenda for the United States" is sickening! What kind of example does this set for my children??? GET TO WORK YOU NO GOOD REPUBLICANS.. THE ILLEGALS I HIRED TO DO MY YARD AT LEAST HAVE MEASURABLE RESULTS!!!!! I cant say that about you obstructionists.. all for power and greed!!!! You say you want to help the middle class but you voted against extending unemployment benefits.. and now voted against health care for 9/11 families!!!!! Traitors!!!

    August 3, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  4. B.P. Oil Disaster Likened to Typical Sarah Palin Speech

    Did Coburn mention the waste in his scandalous payoff for his friend, Ensign of Nevada?

    August 3, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  5. Lib Hunter

    Obama should be number one on the list of the biggest waste to come out of Washington

    August 3, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  6. Todd

    I stopped caring what John McCain has to say about anything a long time ago.

    Right about the time he picked that loony Sarah Palin as his running mate.

    August 3, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  7. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Of course the GOP slams everything!

    In NOvember vote NO for the Party of NO..........


    NO ideas

    NO heart


    August 3, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  8. Sally

    The biggest waste of taxpayer dollars, gentlemen, is taking place in the Department of Defense and their wars, but you won't touch that sacred cow with a ten foot pole, will you?

    August 3, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  9. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Another report by 2 headline grabbers who have done nothing to move the country forward. Leaders in the party of "NO". No ideas, no progress and no cooperation, unless we can be in control. If we can't have our way, we will get in the way of any and all progress for the American people.

    August 3, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  10. bj

    The Rublicans can go straight back to their rock. They choose to support big business and lie about tax increases of the middle class and poor and do absolutely nothing.

    August 3, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  11. Debbie

    Please remember republicans, this stimulus plan was signed by YOUR president Bush. So once again your president Bush has done it to us again. Is this want your are saying?

    August 3, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  12. DENNA

    And of course, since this is a Republican report it is fair and balance. Ah yes.

    August 3, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  13. Bill from GA

    I'm sure McCain and Coburn created a few jobs to make this report, probably paid by the government. Not an issue; when you plan to vote 'no' on any proposal to fix the mess we are in, your staff has plenty of time on their (and the taxpayers') hands.

    Republican liars claim that the stimulus plan "was supposed to create jobs. It does not.", yet we went from over 750,000 jobs LOST per month when the plan was started to 40 to 100 thousand jobs CREATED per month. Looks pretty good on the graph, even a Repug could see the improvement, but they will still lie about it.

    August 3, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  14. ed fl

    Coburn [the quack] who could not make a living as a doctor and had to settle for a 175,000 a year job with the new crazy one from Arizona a one time long ago hero who is being used as old time senior that doesn't know right from wrong.. what a pair, They deserve one another. Mccain no longer has any common sense or integrity. What a shame once a revered hero now is only referred to as a nut, screwball,dishonest politician. Peolple once forgot about his transgression with the Keating group now every day he gives the public some reason to see him as a senile old coot who keeps voting No because there is only 2 letters instead of yes due to the difficulty in spelling a three letter word YES. What a shame

    August 3, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  15. Peter s

    Its simple if your party the Republicans didn't tank the economy we couldn't be talking about the stimulus. Own the responsibility of your own trickle down effect theory which didn't work and can't work thats what I call Monkeys on cocaine econometrics theory!

    August 3, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  16. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    Might have be differnet if the republicants did not sit on their thumbs and say NO to anything that was brought up.

    August 3, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  17. Bob(Illinois)

    More political theater from the Party of No.

    August 3, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  18. Paul Ernest Show

    Is that GOP still pointing fingers on spending and waste? Where are the billions shipped to Iraq, under George Bush, Why did we have to spend a trillion fighting a war we had no business fighting? What could be more wasteful? The president cannot be there to police how local groups spend every bit of the stimulus money. Its the people that ought to realize their responsibility to spend the money in the right places, to create jobs. The problem with all of us is that we don't see that this is an urgent, national, economic security, just as wars and other emergencies.
    Instead of getting together, as Americans, and confronting this problem collectively, we have politicized our economic downfall. The GOP would not do any better if the take over the houses, and we would be back to our knees immediately.

    August 3, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  19. Hangar 13

    Conservative Senator John McCain? Was this article written by a monkey on cocaine? Not sure how the stimulus decreased unemployment by 1.5%, from 7.5% when it started to 9.5% now, perhaps that's liberal math.

    August 3, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  20. InlandEmperor

    Does anybody really care what these clowns have to say? Their policies put us in this mess. Be grateful that this administration is baling our country out...and you along with it. The next generation may forget the ridiculous postion you put us in if you keep your heads low...and mouths shut.

    August 3, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  21. scott

    It is beyond belief to think that GOP candidates could be elected this fall.

    On the one hand we have an administration and congress doing all they can to fix the incredible mess created by a decade of GOP policies. We criticize them for not having fixed everything.

    On the other hand, we have the clowns who created the mess.

    This is not a hard choice.

    August 3, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  22. Arlene, Illinois

    Anyone happen to notice they are all from Democratic states?

    This is from the guy who put Sarah Palin in the news.

    John its time to be put out to pasture.

    August 3, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  23. Rick McDaniel

    One can only wonder, how long the list of "wasteful" projects really is, when you get a list of the "100 worst".

    August 3, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  24. a little sad

    It's interesting that the report does not include any information on whether any jobs were created.

    I expected to see "they spent $XXX and only created one job" or something similar.

    Instead there is NO mention of jobs created. If the numbers had been bad, they would have trumpeted them.

    August 3, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  25. Craig

    And there solution... Pay the rich

    August 3, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
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