John McCain Unveils Stimulus Report. Hope You're Into Givin' Monkeys Cocaine Because You're Payin' for it
How does spending nearly $150,000 to feed cocaine to monkeys stimulate the economy? Senator John McCain would argue that it doesn't -- it's just one of several ways to waste taxpayer dollars via President Obama's stimulus program.
McCain, along with Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn, unveiled their study of the stimulus program yesterday, and if you think keeping monkeys coked-up as a means to create job growth is ridiculous, it's just one of several porky additions to the program outlined in "The Maverick's" report.
Also on the list: replacing a new sidewalk with a newer sidewalk that happens to lead into a ditch.
According to McCain's report, the town of Boynton, Oklahoma, was awarded $89,298 to replace a quarter-mile stretch of sidewalk that was built only five years earlier.
The sidewalk, as you can see in the photo below, leads straight into a ditch.
The federal government seems to have a thing for ants, too.
Uncle Sam doled out $1.9 million to send researchers from the California Academy of Sciences to the the southern Indian Ocean islands and Africa to study, photograph, and capture "exotic ants."
In McCain's last stimulus-program report card, he pointed out the $950,000 issued to Arizona universities to study the "division of labor" in ant colonies.
Also on the most recent list is more than half-a-million bucks to replace windows at a Forrest Service visitors center in Amboy, Washington, that closed nearly three years ago.
The building remains empty with no future plans for its use.
These are just a few of the money-wasting programs funded under the guise of "stimulus," The Maverick avers.
Check out McCain's full report here.
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