If Republican Senator Judd Gregg happens to be reading over your shoulder, quick, cover his eyes. Otherwise he'll put his fist through your computer screen when he sees that road sign…
The large green-and-white highway signs declare, "Project Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act." Sen. Judd Gregg, R-NH, 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.
Signs to nowhere? Well, he's right, this could be terribly confusing for motorists. "New Nottingnewingshireham, NH – 12 miles," fine, take a left at old man Grimsby's place and you're almost there; "Project Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act," whaaaa? How do I get there?
In addition to being confusing, these signs are clear as day: they symbolize wasteful spending, no matter what Democrats say about "keeping the public informed" or some such nonsense…
"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.
Exactly. And if we stop throwing funds into caves where the magic sign-making fairies live, why, think how much more money we'll have to invest in American manufacturers, small businesses and construction jobs.
Tags: Judd Gregg, New Hampshire, Senate, Stimulus