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Letter: True cost of stimulus package

Rep. Colin Peterson and 10 other Democrats voted "no" along with all the Republicans in the House of Representatives on the so called stimulus package. Thank you!

What's in this bill? The newspapers haven't printed a list of expenditures and the TV news programs skim over it as well, leaving the American citizens not knowing where those trillion dollars are going to be spent. After hunting on the Internet, I finally came up with some information.

Did you know that there is $1 billion for Amtrak; $2 billion for child care; $400 million for researching global warming; $2.4 billion for projects to demonstrate how carbon can be removed from the atmosphere (we breath out carbon and plants consume it); $650 million for digital TV conversion coupons; $75 million for smoking cessation; $600 million to buy a new fleet of cars for federal employees and government departments; $21 million to re-sod the National Mall; $2.25 billion for national parks; $335 million for treatment and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases; $50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts; $4.19 billion to stave off foreclosures via the Neighborhood Stabilization Program; $44 million to renovate Agriculture Department headquarter buildings; $87 billion to Medicaid; $53.4 billion for science facilities, high-speed Internet, and miscellaneous energy and environmental programs; $13 billion to repair and weatherize public housing and repair foreclosed homes; $20 billion to expand food stamps: and the refundable tax credits include payments to illegal aliens?

There are also 32 new government programs in this package costing $136 billion. We all know that once a program is established, it lives forever.

Most media outlets are reporting the cost of the package at $819 billion but the Democrat Congressional Budget Office calculates that with the interest the total is $1.17 trillion.

Most of this is not "stimulus." It's payoffs to special interest groups and advancing the socialist agenda.