There’s stimulus… and then there’s stimulus. From NBC’s San Francisco affiliate:
The NBC Investigative Unit has raised questions about two grants totaling nearly $1.5 million dollars distributed to the University of California San Francisco. 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…
This grant studied how to improve the accuracy of how people responded to questions about their sexual history.
“If you honestly report on your sexual activity and number of partners?” Scott Amey with asked with a sigh. “That’s a good one.”
Amey is the general council for POGO, the Project on Government Oversight, a Washington D.C. nonpartisan non-profit government watchdog group. During our interview with an NBC crew he tried to explain why the government used that many tax dollars to improve self reports about high risk sexual behavior.
“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,” Amey added.
No kidding! It appears the only thing about Obama’s “stimulus” that was “shovel ready” was the bullshit!
The NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit discovered that for $1.2 million dollars, taxpayers funded a study that included 200 videotaped interviews at $6000 per interview…
As for job creation – the main purpose of the “stimulus” program,
…on recovery.gov, the government’s website for stimulus funds… 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.”
Sigh! Read it and weep!