Friday, September 11, 2009

Signs, signs, everywhere a sign

My husband and I have found four of these:

It's just like Mark Steyn says:

The other day, wending my way from Woodsville, N.H., 40 miles south to Plymouth, I came across several “stimulus” projects — every few miles, and heralded by a two-tone sign, a hitherto rare sight on Granite State highways. The orange strip at the top said “PUTTING AMERICA BACK TO WORK” with a silhouette of a man with a shovel, and the green part underneath informed you that what you were about to see was a “PROJECT FUNDED BY THE AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT ACT.” There then followed a few yards of desolate, abandoned, scarified pavement, followed by an “END OF ROAD WORKS” sign, until the next “stimulus” project a couple of bends down a quiet rural blacktop.

The irony, of course, being that I don't know who has been stimulated 'cept the sign makers. I didn't see a single worker at ONE of the projects.


On March 3, 2009 President Obama made the commitment that all projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) will bear a recovery emblem to make it easier for Americans to see which projects are funded by the ARRA. To meet this commitment, FHWA strongly encourages agencies to use the economic recovery signs on all projects funded by the ARRA.

And the cost of these signs? So we know what our kids are paying for? Hold on to your hat:

Stimulus projects paid for by President Barack Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), including one in Saratoga Springs, have been initiated across the state. Their status as recovery act projects is being advertised to the public through the installation of large signs — costing as much as $7,000 each.

The average bid for the large sign has been $6,870, New York State Department of Transportation Director of Communications Skip Carrier said. Medium-sized signs have averaged $950.

If that isn't proof one that government employees have NO FUCKING CLUE, I'll kiss the next ARRA sign I see.

"We believe that the people of the state need to know where that money is showing up,” Carrier said. “Contractors need to know what projects are out there and what’s being done with that money to address very critical needs. I think putting these signs out there assures people that this work is needed and is being put to the purpose designated by Congress.”

Assures people? You know what would ASSURE people? A JOB.