The Administration of President Barack Obama apparently is running out of ideas for projects at which to throw “stimulus funds.” Last week, the House rushed to accomodate an urgent administration request for additional funds for the “Cash for Clunkers” givaway, which was close to using up its $1 billion allotment after less than one week. And, in a recent move that raises serious questions about the government’s very definition of “stimulus,” the administration is spending some $1 billion to fight obesity!
The recipients of the so-called “fat money” include public transportation. In other words, government Brainiacs apparently have concluded that they can help reduce the number of fat people in America by increasing funding for public transportation — people walk less by riding public transportation more, and the pounds just melt away. Pure genius.
The government reportedly will also allow these taxpayer-provided “stimulus monies” to be used to get more vegetables and and fruits into our nation’s schools. Apparently local schools are totally incapable of making such decisions to shift school lunch money aways from hot dogs and macarroni and cheese, toward more healthy vegetable and fruit fare, without Uncle Sam directing them. Our concerned feds also apparently will use our tax dollars to “encourage grocery stores to sell more produce in poor communities.” Exactly how they will accomplish this remains a mystery; but such a problem certainly won’t stop them from spending the money.
California, which has skirted bankruptcy repeatedly by acts of fiscal legerdemain in recent months, will — I am sure — be delighted to know that the federal government will be sending it some “stimulus money” that helps bus girls to dance lessons in the Golden State.