Really, left-wing media? That’s the story? Palin spent a lot of money to get a custom paint job on her tour bus? Well, okay, but as Stacy McCain notes, at least that money went to small businesses and other folks not employed by Big Poppa Government.
Of course, I’m sure the guys employed by the sign company in Tennessee didn’t mind getting paid for that work. And I’m sure that House Republican freshmen like Ann Marie Buerkle, Allen West and Renee Ellmer didn’t mind the $5,000 SarahPAC donated to each of their campaigns. Also: $18,700 to Young America’s Foundation, one of the most worthy and respectable conservative non-profit organizations, which trains hundreds of high school and college activists.
The liberal media are once again desperately trying to make scandalous mountains out any molehill related to Sarah Palin — FAIL!
At least Palin didn’t charge her political advertising to the American people the way Barack Obama and his Democratic buddies in Congress did. Who can forget the millions of dollars they spent on road signs to brag about the miles upon miles of “scarified pavement” created by the
Vote Buying Act Stimulus Bill? Why, just one of those signs cost us nearly as much as Palin’s entire bus.
As the midterm election season approaches, new road signs are popping up everywhere – millions of dollars worth of signs touting “The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act” and reminding passers-by that the program is “Putting America Back to Work.”
On the road leading to Dulles Airport outside Washington, DC there’s a 10′ x 11′ road sign touting a runway improvement project funded by the federal stimulus. The project cost nearly $15 million and has created 17 jobs, according to recovery.gov.
However, there’s another number that caught the eye of ABC News: $10,000. That’s how much money the Washington Airports Authority tells ABC News it spent to make and install the sign – a single sign – announcing that the project is “Funded by The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act” and is “Putting America Back to Work.” The money for the sign was taken out of the budget for the runway improvement project.
According to the Department of Roadside Bragadocio…err…Transportation, states spent about $5 million on road signs. Of course, our government bragged that was only a tiny sliver of the total $28 billion available to that point, but is that a point on which any responsible person would want to brag? Buck up, you silly Americans who cling bitterly to your paychecks!
In a better world, where our supposedly-independent media were interested in afflicting the powerful (as opposed to afflicting the conservative, regardless of power), ABC News would have run a series of stories on the millions of public dollars spent on Democratic propaganda and none at all on the efforts of a private citizen who used private money to advertise herself.