Congressman Darrell Issa (CA) and Congressman Aaron Schock (IL) have recently made waves over the cost of stimulus recovery signs seen across America touting projects funded by "The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act." A little research uncovered how costly the signs themselves are to taxpayers -- not to mention the projects they claim to represent. Schock published a blog post today on RedState discussing the issue futher. See an excerpt below and watch a video made specifically about this subject below:
Two years ago, signs promoting Barack Obama were everywhere: on buildings, billboards and bumper stickers. Not much has changed, except now you are paying for this propaganda to promote the President and his floundering “stimulus” spending plan. Reports indicate these signs can cost taxpayers as much as $10,000 each, with my home state of Illinois spending more than $650,000 on them. Worse, the stimulus ads tout a program that has failed – as the signs promise – in “putting America back to work.”
It is our job as federal watchdogs to investigate why the White House has wasted potentially hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars advertising a spending splurge that hasn’t met any of the President’s own sales pitches: that the $862 billion would keep unemployment below 8% (today it’s 9.6%) and generate, by the end of this year, more than 4 million private sector jobs (we’ve lost 2.51 million). No amount of propaganda, some of which promotes President Obama personally, could convince taxpayers the stimulus is working.
Watch the video here: