Biden defends bizarre stimulus spending projects

August 25, 2010 16:37

VP Joe Biden praised spending your taxes on teaching Chinese meditation techniques to cocaine addicts; “hookah” smoking among college students in Jordan,  and a propaganda project to push the ‘good things’ the stimulus is doing. Critics ‘know nothing’ he said.

By Fred Lucas at


‘“I love how our opponents have nitpicked some of the research money that we have given to NIH. It reflects that they know nothing about science,” Biden said in announcing a report about the $100 billion from the stimulus package being spent on energy, science and health research.’

‘ has reported in recent months that the NIH has funded various grants on unusual studies such as $60,000 to study Hookah smoking among Jordanian college students; $314,613 to study a supposed increase in family violence after viewing of NFL games; $1.4 million to study the “social milieu” of male prostitutes in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi; $181,406 to study the sex drive of Japanese quail and $410,624 on the aforementioned study, which involved teaching Chinese meditation to cocaine addicts.’

‘Specific to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, meanwhile, the NIH spent $363,760 to promote the economic stimulus. The NIH paid Palladian Partners Inc., of Silver Spring, Md., to promote the good things being done with stimulus money by the NIH, according to an oversight report issued by the offices of Sens. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.).’


Help Make A Difference By Sharing These Articles On Facebook, Twitter And Elsewhere: