The kosher bridge

by Russ Roberts on March 31, 2009

in Stimulus

It's kosher because it's not pork, at least that what the Mayor thinks. CNN reports:

Should a bridge that would connect two campuses at Microsoft's
headquarters be funded with $11 million from the federal stimulus


Kind of a no-brainer, really.

Critics of using stimulus money for the bridge say it would give the
software giant a break on a pet project. They also say it serves as a
warning sign of how some stimulus money is not being used to finance
new projects but is being diverted to public works already under way.

Supporters argue the bridge is an ideal public-private partnership
that will benefit an entire community while fulfilling the stimulus
package's goal of getting people back to work.

"It's going
create just under 400 jobs for 18 months constructing the bridge," says
Redmond Mayor John Marchione. "It's also connecting our technical
sector with our retail and commercial sectors so people can cross the
freeway to shop and help traffic flow."

Liar liar pants on fire. It will not create just under 400 jobs. It
will employ 400 people for 18 months. Will it add any new employment? Any at all?

Read the rest of it if you have the stomach. The Mayor, strangely enough, thinks "everyone's getting a fair deal."

This is a bad time for words. They mean nothing these days.


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