You may have seen them: those new road signs popping up everywhere promoting "the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act" reminding travelers the program is "putting America back to work."
In reality, these are ads for the Obama Administration, paid for by you and me through the stimulus program.
And they're costing us millions of dollars!
Runway project $10,000: one sign on the road to Dulles airport outside Washington, D.C., touts a runway improvement project. The sign itself cost $10,000 to make and install.
The improvement project cost nearly $15 million and created 17 jobs, yes you heard me right. Only 17 jobs!
That means taxpayers paid more than $882,000 for every job! And what's more, money for the sign was taken out of the improvement project!
The state of Illinois has spent $650,000 on about 950 signs and Pennsylvania has spent $157,000 on 70 signs.
And while Tennessee has signs, at least it signed a better sign deal. They've posted 324 signs for a total of just under $13,000--a bargain at an average of nearly $37 for each.
A lot of states add their governor's name on the bottom of the signs...like Gov. Bill Ritter, Jr., of Colorado, Gov. Jennifer Granholm of Michigan and Gov. Martin O'Malley of Maryland -- hey why should the feds get all the sign glory?
Estimates of the cost of these signs range from $5 million to $20 million.
But hey that's not so bad... last year the government spent $18 million re-designing the web site that tells you where the signs are... perhaps it’s just a sign of the times that the government is spending our money to tell us how they are spending our money!
Oh well at least the sign painters are busy.