More government waste
The following misappropriation of federal funding on one project was recently unearthed. I guess in 2009 when President obama pushed for and enacted the economic stimulus legislation he intended the monies contained in the bill to be used for items such as this.
It looks like our national debt has somehow vanished. It must be otherwise why would the government spend over $200,000 to move a (one) bush that anyone can purchase for under $20 at a nursery. This is just another prime example of how government agencies misuse OUR money. Under obama’s shovel ready stimulus bill a lot of money was dolled out for highway projects and the local San Francisco government intended to spend every penny that it received.
Apparently $205,075 of our money was spent to ‘translocate’ a bush. The local highway department was working to improve the structural access to the Golden Gate bridge, and this ‘wild’ plant was dead center of there work. Now (common sense) would dictate that any normal person would just rip the plant out and continue with the work at hand. **Considering that this plant could be bought at any local nursery for $15.98. If we the people had to vote on it there is no way everyday working people would even consider spending over $200,000 to move that one bush out of the way of the construction.
This attitude of the everyday waste of taxpayers money was mirrored by the revelation at a congressional hearing that the GSA spent over $800,000 for a conference for its employes in Las Vegas.
With our national debt increasing by millions of dollars per hour these two examples seem like nothing, but you can be assured that there are also millions more of these stupid expenditures made every day. I have always called for an across the board 5% reduction in funding for every government department, if you could also stop these “minor” expenditures I think we may not have to print so much money just to stay even with the debt.
With the elections starting one would think we would have heard the President or the republican candidates come forward with a itemized, explained in detail plan to reduce our debt. Instead we get the usual back and forth about how one candidate is better than the other.
And now time for a smile….
Just a short, end of winter note that may make everyone feel a little better, well almost everyone. I know most people have had a mild winter in the lower forty-eight and even in places like Green Bay, Aspen and Vermont the snow fall was not up to there usual amounts but still one place in the US that had a decent amount of snow fall was down near Valdez and Prince William sound. They received 522 inches, thats 43 feet of snow! I do believe I will remember there fate the next time I am out in my drive with a fresh snowfall of only a couple feet.
WordPress is acting up again and getting more frustrating. It will no longer let me ‘link’ the news stories to the postings I make. So for those who would like to see my source material I have these web pages listed below for the above comments, just copy and paste.
The GSA Las Vegas conference can be found at:
The expensive bush can be found at:
The record snowfall can be found at: