CNN ran a very good (and shockingly balanced) story today on the Winners and losers in the final stimulus bill
Take special notice of who is on the winners and losers lists. Notice any biases? Within these lists, see how the two sides worked together to compromise on the numbers and which programs went up and down. Finally, keep in mind that this bill was supposed to create jobs. Notice how construction spending, which would create a lot of good paying jobs, was largely cut while growing the government, which will create jobs but not nearly at the rate of construction, was increased. All emphasis mine.
High-speed and inner-city rail: Went from $300 million in House bill to $2.25 billion in Senate to $8 billion in final version. There also is a $6.9 billion provision for public transit.
Amtrak: Picked up $500 million from both House and Senate versions to total $1.3 billion. The bill stipulates that no more than 60 percent can go to the Northeast Corridor.
National Institutes of Health: Ends up with $10 billion in the final bill. The House proposed $3.5 billion and the Senate wanted $10 billion -- $8.2 billion goes to the NIH director for his discretion. (note: you have to love this)
Government oversight: Board to oversee stimulus bill spending will get $84 million to do the job. House bill allocated $14 million while the Senate bill called for $7 million. There is also more than $100 million more for various inspectors general in different agencies.
NASA: Banked just more than $2 billion, including $400,000 for science/global-warming research. (note: I have to admit I am surprised this is so low)
Now let's see who got cuts:
Veterans: Nearly all items for Veterans Affairs were reduced and the $2 billion the Senate wanted for VA construction was wiped out altogether. The VA did get one thing: $1 billion for medical facilities renovation and retooling.
Military construction: Cut and put into a general pot, a change from targeted money for each branch of the services. Army construction alone went from $600 million in the Senate and $900 million in the House to $180 million in the final bill. But negotiators compromised over a general military construction fund -- the House wanted $3.75 billion while the Senate allocated $118 million and settled on $1.45 billion for all services.
FBI: Senate had allocated $475 million but all was cut out of final bill.
I guess that whole "we support the military" and photo ops with troops last summer and fall by the Dims was just campaign fodder. I for one am shocked.
So maybe some of you can explain how all of this funding works, I never really understood that fancy liberal math.