這就是「激勵信心的喊話新聞」                 

和「實際證據新聞」

不同的兩種新聞。

 

美國政府拼命在各種媒體上喊話說:

「採取了各種辦法來緩和失業的狀況」

 

隨著就業率持續惡化

雖然政府不算是在說謊,

但是他們所謂的「辦法」

卻包括了以下的方法在內。

 

Fred不禁想問:

現在在政府上班的,

是不是都是白癡?

 

抒困的口號標誌

有人稱之為透明化,其他人

則認為是政府浪費公帑的範例

Signs of the Stimulus

Some Call it Transparency, Others Another Example of Government Waste 


By JONATHAN KARL and GREGORY SIMMONS

July 14, 2010

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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."

A look at where the stimulus money is going.

n 華府機場路上有「讓美國人有工作做」的口號看板。

n 「讓美國人有工作做」這個方案花費一千五百萬美元,
並創造了
17個工作機會。

n 其中有$10000美元的支出就花費在豎立照片中這張
(而且就只是這一張)標誌上。

n 伊利諾州950個看板花費$650000美元,
而賓州
70個看板花費了$157000美元。


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.

ABC News has reached out to a number of states about spending on stimulus signs and learned the state of Illinois has spent $650,000 on about 950 signs and Pennsylvania has spent $157,000 on 70 signs. Other states, like Virginia, Vermont, and Arizona do not sanction any signs.

One state brags it posts signs but manages to keep the process cost-effective. The Tennessee Department of Transportation boasts, "There are a total of 324 signs statewide for a total cost of $12,931 and an average of $37.67 each." The reason for the small cost, they say, is that their signs are small-- about equal to a speed limit sign.

In response to questions by ABC News, Jill Zuckman of the Department of Transportation said, "The best estimate is that states have spent about $5 million of the $28 billion spent on road projects on signs – or less than .02 percent of overall project spending."

Still, some Republicans are crying foul. Congressman Darrell Issa, Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent a letter to Earl Devaney, Chairman of the Recovery Act and Transparency and Accountability Board, requesting an investigation to "determine the scope and impact of the Obama administration's guidance" regarding signs to stimulus recipients.

Rep. Issa writes that the passage of the Stimulus Bill, "has provided an opportunity for the Obama administration to claim political credit for the various projects around the country that have been funded by this redistribution of taxpayer dollars."

At the center of the controversy are a series of guidelines provided to stimulus recipients. In the letter, Rep. Issa cites what he calls "perhaps the most overly political guidance on stimulus advertising" involving the Department of Housing and Urban Development and a stimulus recipient. According to investigators from the oversight committee, HUD provided the Office of Native American Programs with information on "signage requirements." The document suggested a sign template informing the public the projects had been, "Funded By: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Barack Obama, President."

原文(全)連結:

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/signs-stimulus/story?id=11163180

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  • Yoko
  • 事情交由政府來做只會
    1.效率減半(甚至更多)
    2.花費加倍(甚至更多)

    如果有個單位節省花費把事情做的更好
    那對政府而言叫做成效不彰,因為它沒把預算花完~
    然後明年就會被砍預算了~
    所以年底時政府各單位都在比賽花錢........................
    花我們人民的血汗錢............
    一想到就覺得OOXX.... = =
  • tony
  • 但是有多少企業是要靠政府的這些赤字來存活!
    又有多少人需要這些企業提供工作來養活家人

    搞不好連xx所建立的企業也是要靠政府去負債
    來養活他們的家人

    如此巨大的連鎖可不是說要政府刪掉預算就刪掉這麼容易
    不管做什麼事都一定會有作用力以及反作用力

    若要改變現狀的話,除非人民真正的覺醒
    否則普通人的天性是:

    「缺乏企圖心!」
    ↑↑↑↑↑↑↑↑
    一般人說要改變現狀之所以改變不了一部分是缺乏企圖心
    另外還有他們打從心裡就「不相信」

    因此「不相信」就成為了他們的現實!
  • allen
  • 基層小老百姓的悲哀,就是一切只能靠自己!讓自己變強的第一件事,就是增加自己的財務知識,才能分辨事物的真假!我除了上財務課程外,也努力買相關書籍研讀.最近更是直接進入市場的金錢遊戲中,一探究竟!雖然有小賺也有小賠,但感覺很實在,這種學費繳得非常踏實,理論加上實踐是獲得財務自由必經的道路!我很開心自己跨出了一小步,也期待有安心美好的未來!感謝王老師先前的課程對我的啟蒙!
  • Jim Lo
  • 恩,真的是要提升自已的財務智商才能自保。自古以來都一定會有官商勾結類似的事情不斷上演,政府表面上看有在做事私底下卻偷吃步以為這樣就能過關。可是實際上黑洞越來越大,真的是大到無法收拾了。所以事在人為啊,正確的全人類教育才是王道。不論是財商or...倫理道德...精神.etc.....
  • trivisionary
  • 我一直很好奇政府的作用。大家一直以來都認為政府的作用是為人民服務。
    但近來我們可以發現,政府通常為企業服務。
    食神中有一句台詞,我覺得很貼切:
    「黑嘴狗,貪吃又不守門口。」
  • Jim 耀鈞
  • 這比台灣政府的22k還糟糕勒...
  • yichie
  • 最近小孩(6歲) 問我, 政府是什麼? 為什麼要政府? 它有為我們做什麼事? 我..很難回答耶!
  • 亞峻(mylife56)
  • 其實FRED大大你講的沒錯啊
    我看政府真的是不知道該講什麼
    像本人有再從事相關對一般民眾訪問的行業
    當有接觸到政府這個部分議題時

    我不能說完全否定政府
    但是評價真的不是很好
    明明就是一些可以做好的事情
    而就是不能做好
    (就像雲林麥寮的六輕案,我想這個已經很久
    也說的很清楚明白到底是怎麼一回事)

    個人覺得
    身邊有些朋友
    就像FRED你這篇文章講的東西一樣
    真的是不知道該講什麼

    我覺得就像你講的
    靠政府保障??我看靠自己比較實在吧...
    (只要不要發生戰爭就好@@")

    PS:題外話
    上此我有留"在追求財務自由的道路上.......這篇文"
    可是沒有收到你講的這電子報
  • 昱群
  • 用金錢買時間,用智慧換效率,看的出政府不斷的在花金錢再買欺騙民眾的信任,好爭取掌權的時間,但實在看不出智慧用在何處,用漂亮的話語欺騙了民眾,再用大筆大筆的金錢證明確實有做事,實為怪異之舉。老師您好,我很想要電子報是否可以給我一份,a4697bde@gmail.com