I remember last summer in Minnesota I saw my first ARRA sign.  Ah how special.  What I thought was a complete waste of money has now been confirmed to be a waste.

ABC reports that anywhere from $5-20 million has been spent nation wide for signage.

However, there’s another number that caught the eye of ABC News: $10,000. That’s how much money the Washington Airports Authority tells ABC News it spent to make and install the sign – a single sign – announcing that the project is "Funded by The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act" and is "Putting America Back to Work." The money for the sign was taken out of the budget for the runway improvement project.

ABC News has reached out to a number of states about spending on stimulus signs and learned the state of Illinois has spent $650,000 on about 950 signs and Pennsylvania has spent $157,000 on 70 signs. Other states, like Virginia, Vermont, and Arizona do not sanction any signs…

…At the center of the controversy are a series of guidelines provided to stimulus recipients. In the letter, Rep. Issa cites what he calls "perhaps the most overly political guidance on stimulus advertising" involving the Department of Housing and Urban Development and a stimulus recipient. According to investigators from the oversight committee, HUD provided the Office of Native American Programs with information on "signage requirements." The document suggested a sign template informing the public the projects had been, "Funded By: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Barack Obama, President."

…Schock’s office provided ABC News with administration guidance on stimulus signs sent to him from a constituent. The document, dated March of 2009, outlines the "General Guidelines for Emblem and Logo Applications." The Recovery Act logo which was provided not only looks oddly similar to the Obama logo from the 2008 campaign but its stated purpose, according to the document, is to act as "a symbol of President Obama’s commitment to the American people to invest their tax dollars wisely and put Americans back to work."

Ah chump change right?

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  1. Hard to imagine why we are broke. Both House Majority Leader Hoyer and House Minority Leader Boehner noted that with people living longer and in better health, the U.S. can not afford to pay benefits for as many as 30 years after retirement. In addition to raising the retirement age to 70 for people now 50 or younger, Boehner providing benefits only to those who need them. “If you have substantial non-Social Security income while you’re retired, why are we paying you at a time when we’re broke?” he said. “We just need to be honest with people.” Like Boehner, Hoyer suggested making Social Security and Medicare “progressive,” that is, providing benefits primarily to low-income people who need them the most. The Plan: You work hard and pay $$$into social security for the benefit of others. Hummmmm. Great idea. Since you are the a-holes that caused this entire mess, let’s strip every perk, pension and privilege from you first before we start talking about us. This is just another plan to massively redistribute wealth. Reward the people who fail to plan for retirement, just like we reward failure through every other government giveaway and bailout. The list of what we reward with tax payer dollars includes just about every poor decision a business or person can make, including Congressional compensation. If they were paid based on performance, you might see your elected represented roadside with a sign “I will work for Food.”
    Members of Congress are eligible for a pension at age 62 if they have completed at least five years of service. They are eligible for a pension at age 50 if they have completed 20 years of service, or at any age after completing 25 years of service. The amount of the pension depends on years of service and the average of the highest three years of salary. By law, the starting amount of a member’s retirement annuity may not exceed 80 percent of his or her final salary. Where in the private sector is an employee eligible for a PENSION after 5 years of work????? WHERE????? I call B.S. The only reason for these “hard decisions” is because these morons have financially mismanaged this country. They wait until the house is engulfed in flames before they act because their self-interest in being re-elected is more important than actual governance and fiscal responsibility. Let’s redistribute Congress’ wealth first. Next, let’s publish a list of the Top Porkers and require them to attend mandatory town hall meetings and explain to tax payers face-to-face why our country is broke. OneAngryDemocrat at blogspot

  2. Haha. This is pretty great. On the way to the airport, my dad and I wondered how much the sign business was being boosted by this stuff – I guess a lot. Good thing we don’t need that money spent elsewhere.

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