Stimulus: 3 Years Of “Investment”

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President Obama’s Stimulus Is ‘Remaking The American Landscape,’ One ‘Million Dollar Yacht’ At A Time


PRESIDENT OBAMA: “…we are remaking the American landscape with the largest new investment in our nation’s infrastructure…” (Remarks By The President And The Vice President At Signing Of The American Recovery And Reinvestment Act, 2/17/09)


Stimulus ‘Investment In Our Nation’s Infrastructure’


$489,000 To Renovate ‘A Million Dollar Yacht,’ The Angelena II, Owned By The City Of Los Angeles

“…Los Angeles is the proud owner of a million dollar yacht and it is about to undergo hundreds of thousands of dollars in renovations at taxpayer expense… The port is using $489,000 in federal taxpayer stimulus money that is supposed to go create jobs…” (“Taxpayer Money Used To Maintain Million-Dollar Yacht,” KCAL-TV [Los Angeles, CA], 2/6/12)


$54 Million For A Napa Valley Wine Train

“The Napa Valley wine train, to tourists a great way to see America’s most celebrated wine region, to others exhibit a in what’s wrong with the stimulus… 54 million stimulus dollars to build a new rail bridge, elevate and relocate 3,300 feet of tracks and put flood walls around the train’s main station.” (ABC News’ “Good Morning America,” 2/2/10)


$1 Million For The ‘The Sunset Strip’ ‘Nose Job’

“Sunset Boulevard, also known as ‘The Sunset Strip’ and one of the most famous streets in the world, will be getting a $7 million facelift after more than 75 years of use, with a free million dollar nose job coming from Uncle Sam. The City of West Hollywood Council received one million dollars in federal funds from the Federal American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA)…” (“Feds Stimulus Sunset Strip Beautification Project,” WeHoNews, 9/28/09)


$150,000 For A Bridge That ‘Doesn’t Go Anywhere’ And ‘Ends In A Sheer, 8-Foot Drop’

“A historic stone arch bridge that received more than $150,000 in federal stimulus funds this year has fallen short of some people’s expectations — mainly because it doesn’t go anywhere. The bridge, which dates back to the 1860s, ends in a sheer, 8-foot drop after it crosses the Contoocook River. Traffic no longer crosses the span, which parallels a modern bridge near the intersection of Routes 202 and 149.” (“$150 Thousand For ‘Bridge To Nowhere,’” The Union Leader [NH], 8/12/10)


$2 Million To Extend And Restore “The Crookedest Railroad In The World”

“A $2 million grant went to extend an antique tourist train line, the Virginia & Truckee Railway, built during Nevada’s silver mining boom. The line currently ends near Mound House, home to several legal brothels, including the Kit Kat Guest Ranch and the Moonlight Bunny Ranch, but would go to Carson City.” (“Stimu-Loss For Words – This Bunch Of Clowns Getting Federal Grants,” The New York Post, 12/9/09)


Money For ‘Jumping Fish’ Art

“Jumping fish are now on display at Volland and Canal. It’s not an aquarium. It’s pieces of art in this median. This is the final touch to the first phase of ‘The Columbia Park Overlook Project.’ Stimulus money paved the way. Phase ‘two’ calls for new sidewalks, and better bike access from Fisher to Volland on Canal Street.” (“Fish Art And Other Kennewick Stimulus Projects,” KEPRTV [Pasco, WA], 9/8/09)


  1. WineTrainPR

    Feb 21, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Steven, The Napa Valley Wine Train did not receive financial benefit of the $54 million in stimulus money. That money was/is used for a decades-long flood control project. The project was at the stage where the existing (150-year-old) tracks were blocking water flow. The project moved the tracks. Moving the tracks did not financially enhance or benefit the Napa Valley Wine Train, in fact it was a hardship. Learn for yourself at

    • Steven_Foley

      Feb 21, 2012 at 11:02 am

      Not exactly.. .$54_million_into_wine_train_project_–_and_creates_12_jobs

      The corporate shareholders live in tribal villages in the outback of western Alaska.

      The CEO is in South Carolina, where his prior multimillion-dollar venture – a dot-com for sail boaters – collapsed in bankruptcy.

      But the main action today is in Napa, where, without competitive bidding, this unusual construction company won a $54 million federal contract to build a new railroad bridge and other structures for the famed Napa Valley Wine Train tourist attraction.

      This is the world of Anchorage-based Suulutaaq Inc. Because the company was founded by Alaska natives, it enjoys special access to federal contracts.

      That’s how it obtained one of the biggest federal stimulus contracts in California – a key segment of a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ flood-control project on the Napa River.

      Army and Napa city officials say they’re pleased with Suulutaaq’s work on what they describe as an environmentally friendly project to curtail devastating winter flooding. It’s an ideal stimulus project, says Napa Mayor Jill Techel: “shovel-ready, green, and it provides jobs.”

    • Steven_Foley

      Feb 21, 2012 at 11:04 am

      saying that The Napa Valley Wine Train did not receive $54 million in stimulus money maybe technically correct but The Napa Valley Wine Train was the beneficiary.