Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Stimulus Passes, Deformed

Via the indispensable news organ Wonkette, a helpful chart detailing how the stimulus bill changed between the House and the Senate. The Senate decided to cut money from a bunch of things, add money to some others, and some provisions just disappeared entirely.

Some fun facts:

- The Senate decided to add $4, 600, 000, 000 for "fossil energy research," ha ha ha, which wasn't even in the original bill. Oil execs gotta eat too, right?

- The National Science Foundation, the CDC, the National Institutes of Health and "university research facilities" saw ALL of their intended money cut from the final bill, as did (best of all) some Communist plot called "school construction and technology."

- After I mentioned this yesterday, the Senate Republicans thought it'd be a fine idea to cut substantial funds from Transit. Asshats.

What a stupid country.

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