Tax Dollars at Work

A few provisions in the current version of the economic stimulus bill:

$246 million tax break for Hollywood movie producers to buy motion picture film (heaven forbid they have buy it themselves. especially with all the quality movie-making these days)

$650 million for the digital television converter box coupon program (because the country will come to a screeching halt without TV)

$248 million for furniture at the new Homeland Security headquarters (furniture? really?)

$600 million to buy hybrid vehicles for federal employees (they can’t buy their own cars like the rest of us?)

$400 million for the Centers for Disease Control to screen and prevent STDs (we’ve got priorities)

$75 million for “smoking cessation activities” (because they’ve proven to be so successful in the past)

$6 billion to turn federal buildings into “green” buildings (billion with a B, folks)

$125 million for the Washington sewer system (now we know exactly where our money is going)

And there’s so much more.


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