I was on the highway this weekend when I caught sight of one of those “Project funded by the Stimulus Plan” signs. If you’ve ever seen a bull’s reaction when a red cape is waved tauntingly in its face, then you have a good idea of my reaction.
Matters were not helped by the fact that is was 90+ degrees out and I was stuck, stopped and not moving on the superhighway I had trusted to get me to my destination on time. Which did not happen.
I’ve read that these signs cost us taxpayers anywhere from $5 to 20 million. That would be dollars. And why? Is there anyone who does not know that road construction is paid for by tax dollars? Does that need to be advertised?
Businesses rent billboards to woo customers. Is the government trying to talk us into a purchase? I was not aware that we had a choice. In my experience, we HAVE to get out our checkbooks whenever a politician wants something.
This got me thinking, though (which many would suggest is not a good thing.) Sometimes a sign would be useful to give credit where credit is due. Here are some that I would like to see: