Where Not To Spend Stimulus Cash

Pro wresting hopefuls, origami for old folks, speed-reading cops.


WalletPop culls the oddest of nearly 8,400 requests for stimulus cash sent to Ohio Governor Ted Strickland's office. Lots of the proposals make sense. A few get points for creativity including:

  • $200,000 to train the economically challenged as Ultimate Impact Wrestlers. "We would need to obtain a building for training and shows as we have currently been using my garage for training and this [is] unheated."
  • $8,000 to make "Hand folding Origami decorations by Senior Citizens to sell on Ebay and Amazon to assist in small increases in income for those that can not meet their monthly expenses."
  • $40,000 to teach speed-reading to the Ohio State Highway Patrol which will "result in an on-the-job time saving of at least one hour per day on the average."
  • Don't worry: Stimulus-related plans actually being funded look far more helpful (if more mundane). The Columbus Dispatch, which first pointed out the list of requests, reports stimulus grants saved the jobs of 26 police recruits. Maybe the amateur wrestlers should consider a career change.

    • Kirk Shinkle

      Kirk Shinkle is a senior editor for U.S. News Money and manages the Best Funds portal. Follow him on Twitter @KirkS or email him at kshinkle@usnews.com.

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