In June 18 Issue
Senator Tom Coburn, Oklahoma, this week released a list of the several questionable stimulus projects and it certainly gives us a lot of faith in our government.
Millions and millions of people across the United States have placed their hopes for the future or rather their existence upon receiving some kind of assistance from the billions being passed around in the name of a stimulus.
Todate we have seen little evidence of any stimulus playing a part in any type of assistance to the people of this county.
Senator Coburn pointed out to everyone some of the unbelievable projects that are being funded in the name of stimulating the economy.
If you were a turtle and lived in Florida along Hwy 27, you could get excited because our government has sent 3.4 million dollars to build a tunnel under the highway so the turtles and other animals can cross safely under the road.
Another project that is certainly a great way to spend our tax dollars is to build a $1.1 million fence around a lake the government built that does not hold any water. We are certain the residents of Woodward, Oklahoma could have been much better served to have just handed them the money. Of course a new fence around a dry hole make a lot more sense.
How about sending a million dollars to re-pave a “back-up” runway for an airport that serves 20 passengers a day. Of course it is nice so all the residents can come out and look at the new shinny back-top. Of course it does not matter that it is in John Murtha’s district.
How about $10 million to renovate a train station that has not been used in 30 years. Sounds like it is really needed and will help all of us so much.
We fully realize there will be labor involved and some will have jobs. But, why not construct or place these funds in something beneficial.
Madison, Illinois received some 200,000 for a home weatherization program for the needy. Half of the 100,000 was used to purchase eight pick-up trucks. At least they can drive around the homes in warmth.
Iowa's state government received $11 million to buy cars they did not want or need. They report most all of them are parked in a parking lot and have not been licensed.
A national park will be spending $350,000 to build a four-person bunk-house. What kind of bunk-house could be built for that little amount.
A park in Missouri is replacing 22 toilets. A small job, Most toilets we have seen cost from 100 to 300 or so. These 22 toilets will be replaced for a mere $462,000.
In Lexington, the city is to get 4.7 million to build a seven mile trail to connect downtown to a horse farm. We are certain this will help a lot of people in Lexington that are struggling to meet their house payments.
One California airport is spending $5 million to replace run-way lights with more efficient ones.
In Montana, some $2.2 million will be spent to place skylights in a liquor warehouse.
And the list goes on and on.
If you would like to take a look at this list of projects, you may do so at coburn.senate.gov.