$1,000,000 for 1,600 iPod touch devices for high school students? Cell phones for smokers? “Summertime Blues,” a new 74-page report compiled by Republicans John McCain of Arizona and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, outlines 100 purportedly wasteful projects that received funds from the $862 billion stimulus program. The White House questions the validity of the report’s claims and stimulus supporters contend that the spending staved off a far more serious recession. Total spending on these projects pales in comparison to the billions spent on job creation and infrastructure, so is the report nitpicking or due diligence? Do you feel your tax dollars have been wasted?
Peter Nicholas, staff writer for the Los Angeles Times in the Washington, DC Bureau