Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) has released a report detailing 100 examples of waste in the "stimulus" – the trillion dollar spending and debt package President Obama and Congressional leadership touted as "must-pass-or-else" legislation.
Here’s the top ten list of wasteful programs according to Coburn’s office:
- $1.5 million in “free” stimulus money for a new wastewater treatment plant results in higher utility costs for residents of Perkins, Oklahoma.
- $1 billion for FutureGen in Mattoon, Illinois is the “biggest earmark of all time” for a power plant that may never work.
- $15 million for “shovel-ready” repairs to little-used bridges in rural Wisconsin are given priority over widely used bridges that are structurally deficient.
- $800,000 for little-used John Murtha Airport in Johnstown, Pennsylvania airport to repave a back-up runway; the ‘Airport for Nobody’ Has Already Received Tens of Millions in Taxpayer dollars.
- $3.4 million for a wildlife “eco-passage” in Florida to take animals safely under a busy roadway.
- Nevada non-profit gets $2 million weatherization contract after recently being fired for same type of work.
- $1.15 million for installation of a new guard rail for the non-existent Optima Lake in Oklahoma.
- Nearly $10 million to renovate an abandoned train station that hasn’t been used in 30 years.
- 10,000 dead people get stimulus checks, but the Social Security Administration blames a tough deadline.
- Town of Union, New York, encouraged to spend a $578,000 grant it did not request for a homelessness problem it claims it does not have.