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Politics can drive stimulus priorities

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posted on Aug, 26 2009 @ 09:54 PM
By EILEEN SULLIVAN and MATT APUZZO, Associated Press Writers Eileen Sullivan And Matt Apuzzo, Associated Press Writers – Wed Aug 26, 6:32 am ET

WASHINGTON – A sleepy Montana checkpoint along the Canadian border that sees about three travelers a day will get $15 million under President Barack Obama's economic stimulus plan. A government priority list ranked the project as marginal, but two powerful Democratic senators persuaded the administration to make it happen.

Despite Obama's promises that the stimulus plan would be transparent and free of politics, the government is handing out $720 million for border upgrades under a process that is both secretive and susceptible to political influence. This allowed low-priority projects such as the checkpoint in Whitetail, Mont., to skip ahead of more pressing concerns, according to documents revealed to The Associated Press.

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Pretty much just the typical BS you'd expect from the federal government. Stimulus money is going to certain areas and pet projects of the lawmakers and places that need the cash aren't getting squat.

As the story says, so much for transparency in government. Another Obama fail.

posted on Aug, 26 2009 @ 10:02 PM
The "stimulus" wasn't designed to stimulate anything.
It is a 1500 page grab bag of Democratic special interest and pet projects for politicians and their rich buddies. The little that actually could be construed as a way to create jobs is designed to get the Federal fingers deeper into the States business.

Heads, they win. Tails, we lose.

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posted on Aug, 26 2009 @ 11:59 PM
I grow ever so tired of politics...

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