Driving down to the Northeast Conservative High School Conference, it was incredibly hard to avoid seeing the giant road signs next to construction sites.
“The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act – Putting Americans Back to Work,” the signs exclaimed. In Layman’s terms, that means, “We bought this sign with your tax dollars.” We all knew that stimulus dollars were being wasted, but this is ridiculous.
The story doesn’t end there, though. According to ABC News, to buy and install one of those signs cost $10,000. Yes, you read that correctly: Ten. Thousand. Dollars.
ABC News reported that the state where the Northeast Conservative High School Conference took place, Pennsylvania, has spent $157,000 on similar signs. Can you think of something more wasteful than buying a sign that says, ‘We’re wasting your money’? The very concept is insulting.
So how much has been spent on these signs? An estimated $20 million. Whoa. When a liberal news outlet like ABC News raises their eyebrow at wasteful government spending like that, you know it is the epitome of wasteful.
… But it gets worse. The Department of Housing and Urban Development sent stimulus recipients, “signage requirements.” A sample sign template was included that suggested the signs say, “Funded by: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Barack Obama, President.”
So how did the White House respond to the outrage brewing over these stimulus road signs? White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs shrugged it off, and was glad to hear that people are noticing the construction work.
If you see one of these signs on your drive home, just remember – you paid for it. You really, really paid for it.