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Friday, July 10, 2009

$1M here, $1M there...

This sort of stuff is starting to tick me off. I am not making a political statement here. I am making a statement about waste. I had to go shopping yesterday for curtains and whatnot so we can prettify the house and get it on the market. I hate shopping but it had to be done. I was dumbfounded to see two things: 

1) Dillards up at Northgate Mall in Cincinnati is closing. (When did this happen? Is it relocating? Or is this Dillards just being crossed off the list? In any case, I bet there are people who used to get a pay-check who aren't going to anymore.) 

2) The amount of absolute crap that people are still buying. JCPenney has a whole collection of stuff labeled "American Living." O.k., cool. I'm all for America, but I would think something labeled "American" would, you know, like, be MADE in the United States of America. Wrong. And from a quality standpoint, it's garbage. And expensive. $100+ for a quilt. ?? Some little Chinese kid is sewing her fingers to the bone and some wasteful American woman is shelling out one hundred bucks for a piece of crap + even more for the accessory pieces of crap. This woman was in front of me at the checkout... paying on a credit card, of course. BUT, it's her money to spend. It's her debt to incur. I'm a big advocate of freedom. Waste you money any way you want to, lady... stimulate that economy!! 

But THIS is my money that's being wasted. And I don't have money to waste. [From RedState.com]

Reminiscent of the no-bid, cost-plus contracts awarded in the Bush administration to defense contractors, ABC News reported last night the Obama Administration awarded a 5 year $18 million contract to Smartronix, a Maryland-based IT firm with connections to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, for the redesign of Recovery.gov.

Launched in February to track the expenditures of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Recovery.gov was to be the pinnacle of web-enabled transparency, according to President Barack Obama.

“The site is the tip of the iceberg for the effort that will go into taking spending tracking and accountability to the next level,” one administration official said of their intended level of transparency.

But now, it seem, the administration has failed to deliver on two pledges central to the Obama campaign’s rhetoric: fiscal responsibility and unrivaled transparency.

An acerbic Ed Morrissey asks, “Since when does it cost $18 million for a website, even one with a database requiring updates on a quarterly basis?”

Not often.

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Kymber said...

i loooove the new pic of the veggies on the table! i also love your kitchen!!!

more pics please!!!

and in keeping with the topic of your post - i hear ya! how other people spend their money is not anyone else's concern...but when it's your tax dollars - you should have a say!!!

Marica said...

I'll see what I can do about the pics!

As to the $$... you said it! As Homer Simpson would say, "You're pissing me off, boy." And boy, are they!

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