Items That Almost Made the Stimulus Bill

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With almost a trillion dollars up for grabs, congressmen and women from every state took the opportunity to shove through some of their constituents’ pet projects they’ve been sitting on for years.  Yes, the bill is pretty bloated, and many of the items have nothing to do with current economic stimulus.

Unfortunately, there were some fairly interesting pork projects that just missed making the cut.  We salute these below in Items That Almost Made the Stimulus Bill:

District/ State

Project

Cost

Juneau, Alaska

Territory-at-Large

The Sarah Palin Russia Observatory

$26 million and 5 Dozen Walrus Hides

Cooperstown, New York

24th Congressional District

Baseball Hall of Fame Annex – “A History of Hypodermics” exhibit

$12 million, half contributed by levied fines against the Player’s Union

Chicago, Illinois

5th Congressional District

The Museum of Chicago Machine Politics and Corruption

Initial cost projected at $78 million, with provisions for “completion extortion”

Cleveland, Ohio

11th Congressional District

The Wintry Mix Science Center for the Study of Brown Snow and Rusted Infrastructure

“What do you have on you, bro?  We’ll take it.”

Palm Beach, Florida

19th Congressional District

PonziLand – an Amusement Park for Kids Ages 8 to 80!

$50 billion, maybe….still waiting for a 3rd party audit

Orange Cnty, California

48th Congressional District

Tomb of the Unknown Mortgage Broker Memorial

$45 million…10% due now, the rest spread out over 50 or 60 years

Inglewood, California

35th Congressional District

Maxine Waters Indignation and Ignorance Institute

$21 million, underwriting by Vikram Pandit and Ken Lewis