What got cut from the stimulus bill

This absolutely infuriates me.  From CNN, “a coalition of Democrats and some Republicans reached a compromise that trimmed billions in spending from an earlier version of the Senate economic stimulus bill.  Some of the cuts:

• $3.5 billion for energy-efficient federal buildings (original bill $7 billion)
• $200 million from Environmental Protection Agency Superfund (original bill $800 million)
• $55 million for historic preservation
• $65 million for watershed rehabilitation
• $98 million for school nutrition
• $50 million for exploration
• $200 million for National Science Foundation
• $100 million for science
• $1 billion for Energy Loan Guarantees
• $25 million for Fish and Wildlife
• $20 million for working capital fund
• $165 million for Forest Service capital improvement
• $16 billion for school construction
• $3.5 billion for higher education construction
• $1.25 billion for project based rental
• $2.25 billion for Neighborhood Stabilization
• $1.2 billion for retrofitting Project 8 housing
• $40 billion for state fiscal stabilization (includes $7.5 billion of state incentive grants)

I’ve heard the arguments repeated again and again that government can’t create jobs and stimulus money will only impact the economy if it is funneled directly to the private sector (as if McDonalds and Walmart should take precedent over Syracuse University and Superfund clean-ups). But these are the cuts?  Really?  I’m mean fucking really?  Cuts to construction and science?  And I know its a stretch in the feeble minds of republicans to imagine that watershed rehabilitation may actually create a job or two, that Energy Loan Guarantees may be an economic multiplier, etc. etc.  Sorry but this just sent me over the partisan ledge.

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