My five favorite things in the stimulus bill(Read article summary)
The measure Congress passed Friday covers aquaculture to hybrid vehicles – but no zoos!
Driving into work today, listening to C-SPAN radio, I heard some House Republicans complaining that the stimulus bill contained money to buy green golf carts for government employees.
That’s “green” as in nonpolluting – as opposed to green, the color.
That sounded interesting, so I read the bill to see if I could find the reference. (Look, I’m the kind of person who listens to C-SPAN radio, OK? My favorite comic strip is “Judge Parker”.) And the phrase “golf cart” isn’t in there, at least in the 500-page section that deals with appropriations.
However, there is a provision that allocates $300 million to Energy-Efficient Federal Motor Vehicle Fleet Procurement, including hybrid vehicles, electric vehicles, and plug-in hybrid vehicles. I’m guessing the GOP extrapolated from there.
Here’s some other stuff in the bill, which passed the House and Senate Feb. 13, that intrigued me. If you’ve got any more information about any of these things, please let us know.
Stimulus to zoos: No cash for you
Somebody in Congress maybe doesn’t like wild animals. None of the money in the bill can be used “for any casino, or other gambling establishment, aquarium, zoo, golf course, or swimming pool,” says the stimulus bill’s language.
Really, that’s harsh. Lumping aquariums in with slots parlors? Maybe somebody had a bad experience at the dolphin show when they were a kid.
'Oooh, and the salmon's as high as an elephant's eye'
Aquaculture, or fish farming to us lay people, is a big winner in the stimulus bill.
There’s $50 million in the bill for aquaculture. It appears to be directed primarily at assisting “eligible aquaculture producers for losses associated with high feed input costs during the 2008 calendar year.”