Dear editor,

This new jobs bill or what is now commonly known as the “son of stimulus” is nothing but a repackaged version of the first waste of money!

Yes, there were a few jobs created — for around $1.4 million expended on one job created at a tree farm. Truth is nobody really knows the number of jobs the Big Stim created.

Like this for example — a real stimulus success story — in Arizona’s 15th congressional district, 30 jobs have been saved or created with just $761,420 in federal stimulus spending. At least that’s what the website set up by the Obama administration to track the $787 billion stimulus says.

There’s one problem, though: There is no 15th congressional district in Arizona; the state has only eight districts! This comes from the government recovery website and an ABC TV investigation, not my imagination. Some of the conservative watch dog groups have tried to follow the money trail of the first stimulus and they found many of these over-priced jobs, but when the administration is questioned about it they say “It was not all about jobs.”

What!?! The first Big Stim included more than one monumental waste — can you say Solyndra the solar panel company? That was $580 million down the drain, or half a billion dollars, that sounds better. This will be known as the first of probably many green job money scandals being investigated. Now this administration wants us to help pass this bill. Please! We the people did not fall off the turnip truck yesterday. All I ask of the proponents of this heap of bureaucratic fertilizer: Where did the first $800 million go, and which special interest groups got the most money?

As for roads and bridges that were supposed to be the first shovel ready projects, that went nowhere.

Now Obama wants to ensure more union votes by fixing the school roof and providing new science labs. Well, who makes the list and how much comes their way? The greased palm comes into play again. Who can promise the most votes?

The last time I looked at my tax statement, school taxes were quite high. That money is supposed to be used at the local level to fix the roof at Mary Martin, and the local school board can decide who gets a science lab thank you very much. Fixing a school roof is not a federal responsibility except during an election year.

Lonnie R. Williams,


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