November 19, 2009
It's one thing when the federal government wastes money on programs and projects that exist, but don't work. It's something else when it spends our money to save or create jobs in phantom congressional districts.
The government, which never has enough of our money and wants to tax us more, has spent it in congressional districts in Arizona, the Virgin Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands and Puerto Rico that don't exist. In Oklahoma, $19 million was spent to supposedly create just 15 jobs. The number of congressional districts reportedly helped exceeds the number than exist in that state.
The member of Congress who is supposed to provide oversight on this is Wisconsin liberal Democrat David Obey. He chairs the House Appropriations Committee. All he says is that the recovery.org website should be updated. That's the casual attitude we have come to expect from liberals who misspend our money.
Don't look for an honest investigation into this because it might reflect poorly on congressional Democrats and the Obama administration. And they are running the country.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.