Sunday, February 8, 2009

Body-Slamming the Stimulus

If you haven't checked out yet, you don't know what you are missing. It is a searchable database with information on how the stimulus may be spent. The projects are listed by city, dollar amount, and a brief description of how the money will be spent.

In addition to the transparency that a project like this brings to the workings of government, there is the added benefit of the comic relief that can be found in the comments section of the site.

Inevitably, looking at how all of that money may be spent results in a feeling of unease, if not downright digust. When this happens, just scroll down to the comments and you are bound to find a few gems.

My vote for Stimulus Commenter of the Day is Barrie.

Here is Barrie on the construction of a dog park in Chula Vista, CA:
The individual that put this into the questionable "Stimulus" proposal should share a cell with Bernie Madoff
My favorite one though, is Barrie commenting on a plan to spend $99,600 for doorbells in Laurel, MS:
I would like to see this individual in the ring with Hulk Hogan so he ( The Hulk) could ring his bell
Barrie is right on both accounts. And in the space of two sparse comments he manages to skewer the entire enterprise and run the gamut of pop culture references. I don't think this qualifies as a silver lining to the stimulus, but it is good for few laughs. Go check it out.

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