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    Road Signs: Tax money spent just to show you that tax money is being spent??? huh??

    Across the country, motorists are being greeted by signs advertising President Obama's $787 billion stimulus bill, and Republicans aren't happy about it.



    The large green-and-white highway signs declare, "Project Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act." Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H describes them as the "signs to nowhere" and tried in vain Wednesday to stop the advertising.

    Democrats were nearly unanimous in voting to defeat an amendment by Greg that would have prohibited the use of stimulus funds for signs that advertise taxpayer spending on stimulus projects.

    Only five Democrats crossed the aisle in the 45-52 vote, joining all 40 Republicans in support of Greg's amendment.

    "Considering the questionable effectiveness of the stimulus bill, it is completely unreasonable that signs are being constructed at a price tag of hundreds to thousands of dollars apiece for lawmakers to pat themselves on the back about this legislation," said Gregg, who voted against the stimulus bill.

    "These signs are simply for political self-interest, and it's high time we stop using stimulus dollars to fund them, and instead use these dollars for their intended purpose of creating economic activity," he said in a written statement.

    The cost of the signs vary from state to state. For example, a "Good Morning America" report calculated the cost at $500 in Maryland and New Hampshire to $3,000 in New Jersey. Gregg estimated the total cost at anywhere from $6 million to $20 million.



    Even so, Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., opposed the amendment, saying the signs help keep the public informed about federal projects. She argued the amendment was motivated by frustration on the part of Republicans who opposed the stimulus and now see that it's working. Only three Republican senators voted for the stimulus bill.

    "They predicted gloom and doom. And let me tell you what's happening in this great nation of ours. We have a long way to go to get jobs up and running, there's no question about it. But the stimulus has already saved or created a million jobs," she said.

    "So now I think the issue here is a frustration with the fact that we won that vote and we got that done and those jobs are being created as we speak," she said. "Slowly, but surely, we're being lifted out of the darkness."

    After the vote, Gregg appeared flabbergasted.

    "I just find it absurd that we're putting up all these signs all over the country with taxpayer money telling taxpayers we're spending their money," he told FOX News. "Most taxpayers can figure that out. We don't have to put up a sign and tell them we're spending their money.

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    Jesus................

    And we still got 3 1/2 years of this stupidity? Well, I say 3 1/2 years, hopefully 2010 will be the kicking off point.

    And, don't think this doesn't apply to Republicans too. You wanna get stupid, we'll vote you out too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by voivod View Post
    Even so, Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., opposed the amendment, saying the signs help keep the public informed about federal projects.
    Thanks, Barbara.

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    actually, I think they should require projects that are stimulus funded to be so identified. and I think that every time one of those pork projects gets going, there should be a sign designating it as a federally funded project and name the legislator who got that ear mark funding.

    we should all know where the money is going

    bridges, schools, post offices etc all still bear the WPA PROJECT sign around here....I bet no one got their panties in a twist about it back them

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daisy Hill View Post
    actually, I think they should require projects that are stimulus funded to be so identified. and I think that every time one of those pork projects gets going, there should be a sign designating it as a federally funded project and name the legislator who got that ear mark funding.

    we should all know where the money is going
    There are plenty of cheap alternatives that can accomplish this. TV, radio, newspapers, etc. There's no need to spend $10-$20 million on something so trivial.
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    I don't know about the WPA stuff, but I bet it didn't cost them as much to make a sign back then, even adjusted for inflation. And they didn't have the internet and 24 hour news channels to spread the word back then, either.

    Not sure why one of these damn things costs $500 in Maryland but $3000 in New Jersey, either, but again, any amount is too much and it's another example of highway funds being wasted. How much per mile is this going to cost us?

    While our convicts are making license plates, can they not be churning out road signs as well? They'd be doing something useful instead of shanking each other in the yard and besides, might help some of 'em learn to spell.

    Fucking government of ours.

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    What's the daily tole for the war on the Middle East--at least $1,000,000,000 a day? And Republicans are balking about a couple million spent on signs? Fucking idiots, gimme a break

    edit: for the record, I agree it's a stupid waste of taxpayer money, but they're firing bullets at the Tonka Truck rolling toward them while there's a TANK behind it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by janthraxx View Post
    What's the daily tole for the war on the Middle East--at least $1,000,000,000 a day? And Republicans are balking about a couple million spent on signs? Fucking idiots, gimme a break .
    Remember Jan, the Demo's agreed to this war and once it got rolling, the back peddled on it. Both sides wanted blood after 9/11. It was one of our country's greatest moments when both parties came together for the good of our country and its people. 1st and more than likey the last time we'll ever see that happen again in our life time.

    But yes, there are idiots on both sides of the street.

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    edit: for the record, I agree it's a stupid waste of taxpayer money, but they're firing bullets at the Tonka Truck rolling toward them while there's a TANK behind it.
    Ok then............

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    I know some high school cheerleaders who can make a bunch of signs for less than $20. We can laminate them and put them out on the side of the road, and then the goverment can take the money saved and put it in my pocket as a thank you.

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    The states where the signs cost the least, are states that use prison labor to make the signs. In Iowa, all road signs are done by prisoners. Saving us, the taxpayers, TONS of money.
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    Actually, The Democrats might be wise to pay attention here and be careful when it comes to hanging signs.

    I think their Republican counterparts have some experience with the subject.





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    $3,000 for a sign.. I think that's all you really need to know about govt spending....
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    All our problems and they're bickering about signs?? I don't get it. Oh and it's a ridiculous way to waste still more money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wickett View Post
    $3,000 for a sign.. I think that's all you really need to know about govt spending....
    says more to me about New Jersey politicians than anything else

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