recovery.gov says they've stolen 16 billion dollars to create (or save) 30 thousand jobs. If you dare to do the math, that's about half a million dollars per job. So that's what the government can do with $500,000. I think I could do a hell of a lot better than that, all by my little own lonesome.
UPDATE: see subsidiarity, a word from which King Obama's czars, sultans and potentates recoil in horror.