Donald Lambro

WASHINGTON -- Public resistance to the Democrats' big-spending economic-stimulus bill has risen sharply as Americans continue to learn, and dislike, what they see in it.

A recent national Rasmussen poll reported that just 37 percent favor the pending plan, 43 percent are opposed, and 20 percent aren't sure. In the last two weeks, public opposition has grown by nearly 10 percent.

A Gallup Poll now finds that 37 percent want Congress to make "major changes" in the legislation before passing it, and 17 percent want the plan killed because they think it is too costly and won't work.

The so-called economic-recovery plan, which tips the scale at nearly $1 trillion (when borrowing costs are included), is the single most expensive piece of legislation in American history. It is heavy on spending and light on much-needed income-tax cuts.

But what is really turning so many citizens against this legislation is the mountain of wasteful, special-interest spending it contains.

Both the House and Senate bills are loaded with an appalling amount of pork-filled, waste-ridden giveaways that will do little to nothing to create jobs or get this economy growing again. I've reported some of the bill's squandering, but new expenditures are being found almost daily. Here are some of the latest:

-- $25 million to build or refurbish off-road ATV trails.

-- $34 million to remodel the U.S. Department of Commerce's building in Washington, D.C.

-- $70 million to "support supercomputing activities" for climate research.

-- $20 million "for the removal of small- to medium-sized fish-passage barriers."

-- $20 million in additional Interior Department funding.

-- $350 million for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to buy new computers.

-- $75 million to discourage smoking.

-- $650 million for wildlife management.

-- $400 million for HIV screening.

-- $726 million for after-school snack programs.

-- $1 billion for the 2010 census.

-- $650 million for digital TV coupons.

-- $1 billion for climate satellite and habitat-restoration programs.

-- $400 million for state and local governments to buy new vehicles.

-- $600 million to replace part of the federal government's vehicle fleet.

-- $7.7 billion to refurbish and repair federal buildings.

-- $13 billion for special-education state grants.

-- $15.6 billion for Pell grants.

-- $50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts.

-- $44 million to make building repairs at the Agriculture Department.

-- $122.5 million for new Coast Guard icebreakers.


Donald Lambro

Donald Lambro is chief political correspondent for The Washington Times.