An entire book can be written on the criminally wasteful spending that accompanied the 2009 Obama stimulus program. $554,000 on replacing the windows at a closed visitor’s center at Mount St. Helens, $11 million on building a bridge for Microsoft (Bill Gates spent more than 10 times that on building his home), and $144,000 for cocaine monkey research in North Carolina. Apparently throwing billions out the window with the only directive that the money be spent wasn’t the brightest idea, especially with Democrats in control of Congress.
But the most wasteful spending of all were the thousands of “The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act – Putting America Back to Work” signs that popped up all over America for a cool $20 million. Considering Republicans voted overwhelmingly against the stimulus, there was little doubt which party was seeking credit for that road project near you.
Rep. Darrell Issa called the signage requirements “overly political” and Rep. Aaron Schock wasn’t happy when he said “I think it’s a bit of an oxymoron to spend tens of millions of dollars of taxpayer money, borrowed money, on a bunch of signs to tell them how we are spending their taxpayer money.”
The Recovery Act logo, described by ABC News as “oddly similar to the Obama logo from the 2008 campaign”. Even the federal government admitted the signs were “a symbol of President Obama’s commitment to the American people to invest their tax dollars wisely and put Americans back to work.”
Just like some tin pot dictatorship in the Middle East, apparently we all needed reminding that our dear leader was looking out for us.