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CONGRESS: Cut spending on low-priority projects

Letter by Donald W. Wilbur, University Place on Aug. 26, 2011 at 10:57 am with 19 Comments »
August 26, 2011 2:41 pm

Re: “Federal money on way to boost Pacific Avenue” (TNT, 8-17).

Among a multitude of gifts, recently Congressman Norm Dicks gifted nearly a million dollars of federal taxpayers’ money to Tacoma’s Pacific Avenue road improvement project. Add Dicks’ gifts to the gifts from other members of Congress and the country will soon be bankrupt.

I thought the priority of Congress was to cut spending before the country is bankrupt. The federal revenue is about $2.2 trillion and spending is almost twice the revenue, a gap that additional confiscatory taxes will not cover.

Dicks is selfishly buying votes, and his constituents have selfishly voted him to represent them for decades. We are well on our way to becoming a banana republic because we cannot stop spending on low-priority projects.

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  1. Pay not attention to the Rpots behind the curtin – they never earnarj pork for their districts, freiends, and supporters.

  2. Mr. Wilbur will now dictate what are important projects and grant adequate funding———–all by himself.
    His jokes keep rolling along never ending it seems.

  3. old_benjamin says:

    •$100,000 for socially conscious puppet shows in Minnesota

    •$2 million to build a replica railroad tourist attraction in Carson City, Nevada

    •$462,000 to purchase 22 concrete toilets for use in the Mark Twain National Forest in Missouri

    •$3.1 million to transform a canal barge into a floating museum that will travel the Erie Canal in New York

    I’m so glad the guvment didn’t shut down. Aren’t you?

  4. nearly a million dollars of federal taxpayers’ money to Tacoma’s Pacific Avenue road improvement project.

    If I’m not mistaken….that project would require people working…..you know…..jobs.

  5. nwcolorist says:

    Sad to say, the on;y members of Congress really serious about cutting spending are the 87 Tea Party supporters. That’s only about 15% of Congress.

  6. old_benjamin says:

    If all we wanted to do was create jobs, we could have the unemployed dig holes and then refill them. There needs to be some sanity, n’est-ce pas?

  7. Has anyone really studied how many jobs have been created by the,so called Stimulus giveaway plan?I have read that the few jobs created are at a cost that all businesses would avoid.In other words,A job is created that pays the worker $35,000.00 per year and cost the taxpayer $300,000.00 to create that job! Is this a good example of spending yourself rich?

  8. concernedtacoma7 says:

    The average stimulus job did cost around $290k. Worst part is it now looks like most of those jobs were short term, and no long term impact was made to the economy.

    The democrat’s attempt to force green jobs has been a proven failure. Wait until the CAFE standards go to 49mpg. More social and economic engineering from the left that kills jobs and harms the very people they are trying to help.

  9. BennieTheBull says:

    $20 million to “create” 14 jobs and insulate three (3) homes in Seattle. $1,8 million to create Rain Gardens in Seattle that have to be torn out and replaced by curb gutter and sidewalk w/catch-basins like we have used for the last 100 years.

  10. The examples you folks give are nonsense unless there are proven documents to back them up. Anyone can say anything on these pages and most of the time the stuff is junk.
    The right wingnuts are pros at that.

  11. alindasue says:

    old_benjamin said, “If all we wanted to do was create jobs, we could have the unemployed dig holes and then refill them. There needs to be some sanity, n’est-ce pas?”

    That sounds like the Port of Seattle employment program. I lost count of the number of times they built roads and ramps then tore them down to reroute new roads and ramps during the almost 10 years I worked at Sea-Tac airport.

    Unlike Sea-Tac airport, I think Tacoma is benefiting from its construction. Not too long ago, the downtown area couldn’t even support one hotel. Now we have two hotels and, I believe, and third in the works. The beautification of Pacific Ave and the surrounding area, and the tie-in with the arts has done much to make downtown a more pleasant and safer place to be.

    And, as beerBoy said, it means jobs at a decent wage at a time such jobs are in shorter supply.

  12. I have seen an awful lot of road projects the last three summers on my vacations – and signs indicating that they were funded by Stimulus funds.

    If the Stimulus funds didn’t create many jobs in WA then you need to blame your state government as they were charged with funneling them to whatever area they wished. But the numbers and projects you are claiming as the net result of the funding seem more than a little unbelievable. Cite some evidence.

  13. old-ben,
    Let’s start by cutting the $4billion annual given to Oil and Gas companiies.
    Then continue with the billions that go to other supposedly profitable companies.

  14. concernedtacoma7 says:

    BB and Publico- Google brought me to the blaze but if you look at the bottom you will find a link to KOMO

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/seattles-green-jobs-stimulus-success-failure/

    As to my number, divide 800 billion by 3 million (yes, I rounded up slightly on the overall cost and used the admin’s number of ‘jobs saved or created’). You get $266.6k per job!

  15. And ct7 – you are talking about Seattle – remember the State and local governments were in control of how the Stimulus funds were actually spent. If there was a failure then it was at the City level

  16. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Saw that on your other link. It shows one of the slowest post-recession growth periods in modern history.

    And now it is OK for the fed’s to hand out cash with no strings attached, take credit for anything positive but blame the user (in this case city/state/etc.) if it was misused?

  17. post-recession?

  18. theglovesRoff says:

    Publico says:
    AUGUST 26, 2011 AT 3:19 PM
    Mr. Wilbur will now dictate what are important projects and grant adequate funding———–all by himself.

    Isn’t that what you do every time you post here Pubs?

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