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  • Forests Need Shovels Too

    The left’s big search for ‘shovel ready‘ projects continues. The White House Bulletin reports that New Mexico Sen. Jeff Bingaman, Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee, “expressed concern that the economic stimulus package lacks sufficient funding for backlogged national park and water projects.”

    Actually, Bingaman went beyond “concern,” to offer a $17.5 billion shopping list including:

    $9.5 billion for “deferred maintenance” in national parks;
    $5 billion for backlogged “road and trail maintenance in the national forests;” and,
    $3 billion for “aging water infrastructure.”

    National Parks may be a worthy use of tax dollars, but there is a normal process for deciding how much to spend on parks and what projects are most worthwhile. The stimulus is supposedly about restoring economic growth. How exactly does spending billions of taxpayer dollars on trail maintenance in national forests get the economy moving again?

    Surely the Obama team, who promised the stimulus would only fund “what works” is resisting such entreaties? Not quite. Incoming Interior Secretary Ken Salazar replied to Bingaman “We hope to be able to address those in the economic recovery package.”

    Posted in Ongoing Priorities [slideshow_deploy]

    3 Responses to Forests Need Shovels Too

    1. Greg, Columbia, MD says:

      If the "economic stimulus bill" was simply renamed the "excuse for more federal spending bill" it would save Americans a lot of confusion.

    2. duelles, santa fe, n says:

      There has been an 'Economic Surrender' bill passed, endorsed, misused, abused and as a result is screwing the American taxpayer, of which, I am one, only one. Anybody out there feel my pain?

      The gov't only has money created by myself and others in the private sector who ADD value to goods and services. The gov't has a constitutional obligation to 'Promote' -not provide – General welfare. My children and grandchildren are toast!

      My disappointment, I believe, should be universal. That it is not only adds to it.

    3. Mike, Hickory, North says:

      To rename such such a vote, money, and power-buying "Pork" bill accurately would be to re-name it "The vote, money, and power buying excuse to take more taxpayer money, freedom, businesses, and non-government jobs away".

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