Shower of Corruption

Political Cartoons by Ken Catalino

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.

“Does it make you wonder a little bit, stimulus money for a study like this?” They asked Jeff Sheehy, who works at the UCSF Aids Research Center. “No it doesn’t,” he answered. “Because to my mind we save money if we get better health outcomes.”
“Do taxpayers need to spend $1.2 million dollars to figure this out?”
“The judgment wasn’t one that I was asked,” Sheehy replied.”Do taxpayers need to spend $1.2 million dollars to figure this out?””The judgment wasn’t one that I was asked,” Sheehy replied.
I just took the money and ran.
When asked: “How many jobs did this $1.26 million dollars create?” “Well I can’t really say,” Sheehy said. “There were eleven researchers hired on the job, two consultants. Well I can’t say. This has not been evaluated for job creation.”
The number Sheehy quoted during an interview with NBC Bay Area did not match information on recovery.gov, the government’s website for stimulus funds. According to the site, the grant produced 0.85 jobs. “It does make you scratch your head and wonder,” Amey said, “Wait a second taxpayer dollars went to a sex study that barely funded less than one person.”
Not quite 7/8 of a job for 1.2million. Gee, buy stimulus standards it was underperforming. Maybe they needed some more Viagra! 🙂
When asked by an NBC reporter about a study into erectile dysfunction involving overweight middle aged men he replied, “Oh boy.” The grant totaled more than a quarter million dollars. Although UCSF was willing to discuss our questions about the sexual history grant, the University declined to provide an expert to talk with the NBC Investigative Unit about the erectile dysfunction grant. In a written statement provided they said in part, “Obesity related health issues currently cost $147 Billion per year in direct medical costs in the United States….. Health providers therefore continue to search for incentives to encourage people to live a healthier lifestyle, to benefit both indviduals and society…. Preliminary analysis indicates that is is feasible to enroll men in this type of research, they successfully lose the expected weight over a 12-week period, and they see an improvement in ED symptoms.” (NBC Bay Area)
I need a shower…
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FAST & FURIOUS
Look for all the liberal buzzwords in this reply.

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.

But “Scooter” Libby and the fake scandal with Valerie Plaime was! 🙂
The Difference, one is a Liberal as the criminal, the  other is a Liberal obsession to find a criminal regardless of whether there was one or not.
But it’s all Politics and Liberals are by definition and nature, two-faced.
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