For the last year, I’ve written of the inevitable lard-up phenomenon inextricably linked to the stimulus-palooza pushes in Congress.
It’s a fact of Washington life — and nothing Barack Obama promises will stop it.
Over the holidays, I spotlighted California’s plans to get its $30 billion-plus high-speed rail to nowhere built with federal stimulus dollars. Yesterday on Fox&Friends, I noted that the vaunted jobs in Obama’s Generational Theft Act of 2009 would largely consist of make-work “green” jobs.
Now, check this out: A tiny Alabama town wants a $375 million chunk of the stimulus pie to build things like a “renewable energy museum, scenic railroad, and vineyards.” The bid works out to $2 million per resident! (Via US News, hat tip – Andy Roth)
At first glance, the town of Edwardsville, Ala., with a population of 194 people, might raise a few eyebrows with its bid to receive $375 million from the economic stimulus package being assembled by Barack Obama and lawmakers in Congress.
The tiny town, located near the Georgia border and 26 miles from the nearest “big city” of Anniston (population: 24,276), added 33 proposals—about two thirds of them related to “green” energy—to the list of “ready- to- go” projects assembled by the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Total sum: $375,076,200.
That comes out to nearly $2 million per Edwardsville resident, although E. D. Phillips, the town’s representative to the U.S. Conference of Mayors, says the projects would affect a wider region that comprises about 80,000 people. That number includes residents of nearby rural areas that aren’t already incorporated into towns, along with the residents of Talladega Springs (population: 124), which partnered with Edwardsville and local municipal utilities on the projects.
There’s certainly no denying that Edwardsville has big ambitions. Through the various proposals, which include a renewable energy museum, scenic railroad, and vineyards, these small Alabama communities envision themselves becoming a cutting-edge demonstration project for energy sustainability and a hub for tourism.
Tip of the iceberg.