You spent $700,000 to help develop software that tells jokes.

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    I wonder how many jokes it will come up with about the meaning of the word 'stimulus'.
     
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    I like this one:

    32. Public Relations Firm Wins Big Stimulus Bucks (New York, NY) - $25.8 million
    What do you do when a key government program is unpopular with the general public? In the case of the
    stimulus, you sign a multi-million dollar contract with a public relations firm previously embroiled in
    controversy. For some time, the Administration’s push for health information technology systems has
    been facing significant public resistance because of privacy concerns.240 In response, the Department of
    Health and Human Services spent $25.8 million on a contract with Ketchum Inc. to help win over public
    opinion.241 Ketchum was criticized before, however, on other governmental work. The reason?
    Producing fake TV news stories for government agencies.
     
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    Yet another reason in the looooooooooooooooooooooooooong line of examples that tax hikes is not an answer whatsoever - that cutting pointless waste is.
     
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    Another example of why the tea party message has become increasingly popular.
     
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    any gov. money spent by any party on whipping up sppt. via use of a Madison ave. firms etc. is to me counter intuitive .

    If that what they need to gain sppt. they might want to consider going back to the drawing board and re-working the bill or issue, not hire shamsters to shill it for them to sell it us.
     
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    There are so many problems with this...yet another example of how big government is not the answer.
     
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    I figure this is probably my absolute favorite... I mean, you gotta love it when a company that is paying millions to clean up an oil spill is being given $308m of taxpayers money... we are, in effect, doing exactly what Obama promised we would not do.... paying for the fucking clean up. No wonder Tony Hayward was grinning all the way through the hearings.


    9. Power Plant Construction Won’t Start for at Least Two
    Years (Kern County, CA) - $308 million
    BP may have found itself staring down huge financial losses over the past several months, but executives
    can take solace knowing that a stimulus windfall will help offset them. On September 28, 2009,
    Hydrogen Energy California, LLC (HECA), owned largely by BP, was awarded $308 million86 in stimulus
    funds to “generate more environmentally friendly electricity by capturing carbon dioxide from the
    burning of fossil fuels.”

    HECA is a joint venture of BP Alternative Energy North America and Rio Tinto subsidiaries.88 Stimulus
    funds “enabled continued development of the HECA project which otherwise would have been
    cancelled.”89 Construction is not expected to begin until December 2011,90 nearly three years after the
    passage of the Recovery Act, raising serious questions about whether it is anywhere near “shovel-ready.”
     
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