Take a 3-Minute Vacation with a Puzzle!

Don't you enjoy those "find the six differences" puzzles with two similar looking pictures? Rick Cohen of the Nonprofit Quarterly sends this amusing but policy-wonky version from the Washington world:

Here's a good example of lobbying: Look at the difference between the Senate bill (Section 1609) and the final conference version of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (stimulus package) and see which interests lobbied most successfully. :)

Original: SEC. 1609. LIMIT ON FUNDS:

None of the amounts appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may be used for any casino or other gambling establishment, aquarium, zoo, golf course, swimming pool, stadium, community park, museum, theater, art center, and highway beautification project.

As revised: SEC 1604. LIMIT ON FUNDS:

None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available in this Act may be used by any State or local government, or any private entity, for any casino or other gambling establishment, aquarium, zoo, golf course, or swimming pool.

Editorial comment: good work by our nonprofit arts groups!

Comments (2)

  • I wonder who was lobbying for fundng to stadiums...? There aren't large numbers of team owners out there, but they DO have deep pockets; and it would be interesting to know which cities also did some lobbying on this one... Guess those other life forms (animals, fish, golfers) don't have enough clout!

    Apr 14, 2009
  • Where exactly is the money for history museums? As far as I can see, there is NO stimulus money for history museums outside of the Smithsonian.

    Jul 24, 2009

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