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Follow the Money: Stimulus Abuse

Anthony Randazzo
September 21, 2009, 9:30am

It's pretty disappointing (though not unexpected) to find out where some the stimulus money has actually wound up going. Here is one example (because two would make your brain short-circuit with frustration):

The direct connection is stimulus money going to fund the art of independent groups who turn around and promote the president's political agenda. Sounds like Chicago-style politics to me.

And here's the kicker. Let's assume, for the sake of an argument, that there is no cronyism here. That these art groups already supported the president's plan and were planning to do art to support it and just happened to get recovery stimulus money. Avoiding the conflict of interest is a key reason the government shouldn't be in business funding art projects.

So in following the money, I don't see taxpayer money being spent to promote the long-term health of the economy. I see waste. I see politics as usual. I don't see the change we were led to believe in.

(HT: Mike Flynn, check out more details on the story here.)

Also, George Will's comments on this story here and a follow up piece here.

Anthony Randazzo is Director of Economic Research

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