Money For Nothing

And the signs ain’t free:

This week we learned that the Imperial Federal Government has squandered around $20 million dollars on signs. That $20 million? Well, that was stimulus money. The signs? They simply said, “Hey, y’all! We’re spending stimulus money here! Ain’t that cool?”

OK, so the wording may not be exact. The signs actually say something about “The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act” and contain that wonderful phrase “Putting America Back to Work.” Yeah, putting America back to work painting signs that say we’re putting America back to work. That probably works for the average Democrat voter. But not for me.

The National Tax Foundation has released a report setting the average annual tax burden per household to be about $17,000. That’s no small amount of change, and considering that about one-half of households pay nothing, you can imagine how high the burden is for some. Let’s pick on one particular sign — one erected by the Washington Airports Authority. ABC News reports that this authority spent $10,000 on one sign near Dulles International Airport telling anyone who cared to read it that a runway improvement project was being funded by stimulus funds.

Yeah, this has been out for a while now, but I’d still recommend going over to read Neil Boortz’s column about it. I’d love seeing the Wizard of 0 explain the signs to Boortz’s hypothetical family.

I have not seen these wasteful signs in my state, but did see them when I went to Pennsylvania a few months back. So. readers, do you see these in your state? If so, do you feel good about them?

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5 Responses to Money For Nothing

  1. Steve says:

    Can’t comment on the States, but here in England we have millions of these signs, all telling us things we don’t need to know. Who’s funding this building project? Why, it’s thanks to grants from the European Union. Wait, would those grants be with our money taken from us via taxes without our consent?

    Signs in the middle of nowhere telling passing drivers that a road is maintained by someone called the Highways Agency. No one knows who these faceless people are, and there was us thinking that the road was maintained by workmen with picks and shovels.

    But the best signs for me were those erected by an authority in England declaring their county was a ‘nuclear free zone.’ While I am sure it made lefties and greenies feel good, the truth was the county took electricity from nuclear power stations around the UK. Unless, of course, they had a special arrangement and filtered that sort of electricity out…

  2. ropelight says:

    Obama promised “shovel ready jobs,” so doesn’t planting self-aggrandizing signs count?

    You racists wouldn’t be complaining if GWB was still in the White House and promising unemployment wouldn’t go above 8%. Besides lots of those jobs created or saved came from guys making and erecting those eye catching reminders of your elected leaders and their focus on the upcoming mid-terms.

  3. Sam L. says:

    I’ve seen at least one in Oregon; I was sooooooooooooo unimpressed.

  4. Elisabeth says:

    Yes, I see them here in PA. Our governor was proud of ordering the signs. Impressed? Not when I see them spending federal money they did not have on projects that should have been done with state money and taking the state money they should have used and spending it on frivolous items … like buying signs!

    Now the state is poor-mouthing: “What are we going to do with all these new programs that we were able to start? We can’t fund them without more stimulus funds. Guess we’ll have to raise taxes.” On the other hand, the running joke in PA is that the orange and white highway pylon is our state flower, so maybe these signs can be our state tree…

  5. martian says:

    I haven’t seen them here in Florida, yet. However, our County Commission did the exact same thing. They campaigned like crazy to get a half cent sales tax added onto the 7% we already pay that was supposed to go for roadway improvements and upgrades county wide. Once they got the sales tax passed these cute little signs started popping up all over town with a picture of a penny cut in half and words to the effect of “Your Sales Tax dollars at work”. The first time I saw one the first thing that popped into my head was, “And how much of my Sales Tax dollars is being spent on these stupid signs?”

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