Wednesday Waste: Really?

Wednesday Waste | May 16, 2012

A total more than $1.5 million in stimulus was appropriated to create less than 3 jobs to study high-risk sexual behavior and erectile dysfunction since 2009, the NBC Investigative Unit is reporting.

The University of California, San Francisco was awarded a grant for over $1.26 million to study and identify “ways to improve the accuracy of responses” regarding self-reporting high-risk sexual behavior, which has created a whopping 0.85 jobs. Through 200 video interviews (Yes, that is over $6000 per interview) UCSF researched conversational methodologies and techniques as they apply to the reporting of sexual behavior.

Another grant, awarded to a hospital in Rhode Island went to studying erectile dysfunction. The hospital was awarded over $725k to determine “whether lifestyle intervention is effective” in middle-aged men with impotence and created 1.61 jobs while doing so.

Neither one of the studies has been completed yet, according to Recovery.org, but are the results really necessary? We have a national debt of over $15.6 trillion, and this is a use of $1.5 million that government could do without.

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