Mike the Mad Biologist

This Is “Wasteful Spending”?

Congress, under pressure from Republicans*, cuts $200 million to refurbish the National Mall:

On Tuesday evening the House Rules Committee stripped two provisions from the stimulus package: the family planning money that President Obama personally lobbied Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., to remove yesterday, and the $200 million to refurbish the National Mall.

The move was made amidst a torrent of GOP criticism about wasteful or non-stimulative spending in the bill, including those two projects, as the president attemps to woo House GOPers.

The Rules Committee provisions — “4) strikes funding for the National Mall Revitalization Fund; and (5) strikes section 5004 regarding family planning” — are self-executing, meaning they become part of the stimulus bill when the House approves the rule tomorrow morning, as expected.

Earlier today, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs defended the inclusion of the $200 million National Mall Revitalization Fund in the bill, saying, “when we met on the first day of our presidency, we were on the Mall. Right? 1.8 million people stood on the Mall, which happens to be the most visited national park that we have. Right? I think that you can make a very credible case and the economic team has, that reconditioning the National Mall will create jobs. Probably through spending in small businesses.”

I travel to DC a lot, and I usually spend some time down at the Mall. It definitely needs ‘revitalizing.’ I don’t see how this isn’t ‘stimulatory': the money will be spent, and spent quickly.

Republicans fuck up everything.

*Why are we listening to these idiots anyway? Are they really going to hold up this bill over $200 million to fix and improve the mall? This is nothing more than ‘pimp-smack politics’–the Republicans are pushing to see what they can get away with.

Comments

  1. #1 natural cynic
    January 29, 2009

    They didn’t vote for it anyway. Some R senators will vote for it and a few Rs in the House will vote for the final mark-up. They just had to get their whining principled opposition out of the way.

  2. #2 llewelly
    January 29, 2009

    The Republican picking on the National Mall refurbishing is a smear. They’re hoping the public will focus on ‘mall’, as most malls are, and not on the National Mall, which is something of a different beast. Malls are seen as frivolous and unnecessary. The Republicans know people are prone to focus on the few individual items which receive the most public discussion, and judge the whole of the bill based on those few items. (That being said, I do think malls in general are frivolous, and worse, they encourage the dangerous myth that an economy based soley on consumption is a good thing. However – the National Mall consists primarily of historical monuments, not stupid shops.)

  3. #3 DrBadger
    January 30, 2009

    Hey, DC has no (voting) representation… so no one is going to care if money doesn’t get spent there.

  4. #4 DrBadger
    January 30, 2009

    make that no one in congress

  5. #5 tiret
    August 22, 2009

    very thanks for article

  6. #6 jigolo
    April 11, 2011

    need to overcome the problems of this type agree with your opinion

  7. #7 berk
    August 9, 2011

    useful entry thanks !!

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