When federal government spending is involved, there is almost certain to be some questionable uses. According to a report from senators John McCain and Tom Coburn, there are more than a few such examples in the $862 billion stimulus plan.
The following and more are included in their report:
- Nearly $2 million to photograph ants
- More than $550,000 to replace windows in a closed visitors center
- Replacing a 5-year-old sidewalk with a new sidewalk that leads to a ditch
You get the idea. Sure, there is some politics involved here. But the examples of misappropriated or mismanaged funds do speak loudly. Remember, it’s all about jobs — or at least it is supposed to be.
Here’s the report, Summertime Blues (for taxpayers).