Yesterday, I linked to John Ruberry’s pic of a porkulus road sign in Skokie, Illinois.
Guess what? They’re everywhere. Check your state’s Department of Transportation website. You are bound to find stimulus hype propaganda sporting the mark of the porkulus beast:
Dave Thul e-mailed me that he snapped another one of these tax-subsidized re-election billboards in his neck of the woods in Minnesota. He blogged the pic under the perfect title: “Trying to make the crap sandwich taste better.”
This isn’t just bad advertising, it’s also partly false. There are two projects taking place on this 4 mile stretch of I-35. The first project is renovations on 10 bridges that is being funded by the normal transportation bill. The second project is resurfacing and a median guardrail that is using stimuless funds.
The cost of the bridge repair is about 3 million dollars, while the cost of the two projects together will be just over 8 million dollars. So VP Biden, the overseer of the allocation of the stimuless money, is spending 5 million dollars on a road construction project but taking credit for the whole 8 million dollar project.
But wait! The president and vice president promised me accountability and transparency for this money. So I’m sure that if I surf over to recovery.gov (it’s listed on the sign above, although there’s no way to read it while driving at 70mph) I can get more information about this road construction project and where the money came from, right? Wrong.
Recovery.gov’s balance sheet for Minnesota not only doesn’t show this construction project, it doesn’t show any federal stimuless money for road construction in Minnesota. Although it does tell me that there has been $5,561,420 dollars earmarked for ‘non-entitlement grants in Hawaii.’ Let me say that again. Recovery.gov says it has allocated five and a half million dollars to the state of Minnesota for low income housing in Hawaii. Unless this means that there are rent control condos on the beach in Honolulu specifically set aside for Minnesota residents, we are getting screwed on this money.
Besides wondering how much the MN Department of Transportation spent on these signs (there was one for the northbound lanes and one for the southbound), I have to wonder about the concept of spending my tax dollars on a propaganda message designed to make me feel better about the spending of my tax dollars.
One of our staunchest fiscal conservative watchdogs, Sen. Tom Coburn, is doing something about it. He’s offering an amendment tomorrow on a bill before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee that would ban all federal dollars from being misused for these de facto Obama campaign signs.
No taxpayer money for agitprop.
Where does your congressional rep stand?
Reader Al: “I think it is ironic that the men-at work-sign [with the] man shoveling dirt looks more like a man feeding a whale!”
I think the Wrecovery.gov logo should be pasted over every porkulus road sign. That would be real truth-in-advertising. What say you?
Ask and ye shall receive. Reader Paul whipped up the photoshop. Sweet: