You remember the Stimulus. The Billion dollars that saved all mankind according to Liberals. But didn’t keep unemployment under 8 % (it’s been over 8 ever since).
The thing that the Liberals are so proud of that was largely political payoffs.
Well, it has come to light 3 years later that a different sort of stimulus got some stimulus money.
You Paid for It! Stimulus Dollars Fund Studies into Sexual History and Erectile Dysfunction.
The federal government gave two grants totaling nearly $1.5 million dollars distributed to the University of California San Francisco (Then-Speaker Pelosi anyone?). The money was part of the federal stimulus program and went to studies into the erectile dysfunction of overweight middle aged men and the accurate reporting of someone’s sexual history.
Grant number 1R01HD056950-01A2 was among the thousands of grants funded, receiving $1.2 million dollars. This grant studied how to improve the accuracy of how people responded to questions about their sexual history.
For $1.2 million dollars, taxpayers funded a study that included 200 videotaped interviews at $6000 per interview.
There was never any accounting of how many jobs the grant created (or for how long!).
You literally got screwed! 🙂 Talk about “shovel ready”! 🙂
“I don’t think most tax payers would think that would be a justified spending of stimulus money to conduct a sex study over fixing bridges and roads that are crumbling every day,” Scott Amey,general council for POGO, the Project on Government Oversight, a Washington D.C. nonpartisan non-profit government watchdog group. added.
The U.S. Department of Justice struck back on Tuesday against House oversight committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa’s push to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for his failure to comply with a congressional subpoena related to Operation Fast and Furious.
“We believe that a contempt proceeding would be unwarranted given the information the Department has disclosed to the Committee to date; unprecedented given the law enforcement sensitivities at issue; and ill-advised given the damage it would cause to relations between the Executive and Legislative Branches,” Deputy Attorney General James Cole wrote to Issa on behalf of the DOJ.
“The Committee’s concerns about the Department’s response to the October 11 subpoena appear predicated on a misunderstanding both of the extraordinary lengths the Department has gone to respond to the Committee’s requests, of of the threat that disclosures of sensitive law enforcement information would pose to open criminal investigations and prosecutions,” Cole continued. “Furthermore, we believe that the core questions posed by the Committee about Operation Fast and Furious have been answered.”
Cole suggested that documents proving high-level Department of Justice officials had knowledge of Fast and Furious “do not exist.”
Which means they do. 🙂
Cole also argued that Fast and Furious is not an “extraordinary” enough scandal for the Obama administration to be forced to provide records on open criminal investigations and prosecutions.
Thous doust protest too much.