Stimulus update

If it costs, on average and pulling it off the top of my head, over $600K per job created by the stimuluspatronage bill, then I guess nobody should be surprised that it also cost us tax payers $205,075 to ‘Translocate’ One Shrub from Path of Stimulus Project in glorious People’s Republic of San Fran, where Queen Pelosi reigns supreme:

(CNSNews.com) — The government spent at least $205,075 in 2010 to “translocate” a single bush in San Francisco that stood in the path of a $1.045-billion highway-renovation project that was partially funded by the economic stimulus legislation President Barack Obama signed in 2009.

“In October 2009, an ecologist identified a plant growing in a concrete-bound median strip along Doyle Drive in the Presidio as Arctostaphylos franciscana,” the U.S. Department of Interior reported in the Aug. 10, 2010 edition of the Federal Register. “The plant’s location was directly in the footprint of a roadway improvement project designed to upgrade the seismic and structural integrity of the south access to the Golden Gate Bridge.

“The translocation of the Arctostaphylos franciscana plant to an active native plant management area of the Presidio was accomplished, apparently successfully and according to plan, on January 23, 2010,” the Interior Department reported.

The bush—a Franciscan manzanita—was a specimen of a commercially cultivated species of shrub that can be purchased from nurseries for as little as $15.98 per plant. The particular plant in question, however, was discovered in the midst of the City of San Francisco, in the median strip of a highway, and was deemed to be the last example of the species in the “wild.”

Emphasis mine on that critical tidbit about how expensive the plant is to replace by just visiting your average Lowes or Home Depot. And yeah, this incredibly wise and noble decision comes courtesy of the same people that believe government should be running our healthcare. My bet is that given the choice between saving people or plants they will opt to save the plants, no matter the cost, over people, under Obamacare. What a freaking waste, but I am sure none of these tools can be bothered to get angry at this waste. After all, it’s not like it was the military that is all wasted money or something like that!

Think the LSM will report this nonsense? Link it to Obama and Pelosi as it should be? Yeah, me neither.

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  1. hist_ed

    We are doomed. Do you think there is anyone on project, from the guy with the slow sign all the way up to the manager who even thought “Hey, this is really stupid”? Probably not, which is why we are doomed.

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  2. CM

    Think the LSM will report this nonsense?

    This happened in 2010, why the outrage now?

    Emphasis mine on that critical tidbit about how expensive the plant is to replace by just visiting your average Lowes or Home Depot.

    The plant, Arctostaphylos franciscana, has been reproduced and is sometimes sold as an ornamental plant, but experts consider the nursery variety to be a hybrid genetically unsuitable for reintroduction into the wild, as different from the original species as a German shepherd is to a wolf.

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/12/25/BA0L1B57HP.DTL#ixzz1s1UoA1Nu

    It’s a little misleading to put this up as an example of how the Stimulus was intended to be spent.

    The project to replace the Doyle Drive approach to the Golden Gate Bridge with a new road called the Presidio Parkway has an estimated total cost of $1.045 billion. The project has received a number of federal grants, including two under President Barack Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. These included $83.28 million in stimulus funds awarded to the project on Dec. 24, 2009 (about a month before the manzanita bush was “translocated”) and $46 million awarded on Dec. 30, 2010.

    So the funds were awarded on Dec 24 2009, whereas the agreement to move the bush (and costs and funding) is dated 4 days earlier on Dec 21 2009.

    http://cnsnews.com/sites/default/files/documents/MOA%20-%20Fran%20Man%20-%202009.pdf

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  3. CM

    It’s also important to consider that it is not simply the cost of “relocating a single bush”. The alternative is that, by law, in the absence of a feasible recovery plan the Fish and Wildlife Service would have been required to return a “jeopardy opinion” on the project. This would have, at a minimum, delayed the project and possibly resulted in a redesign or cancellation of the billion dollar road project. Instead, it seems the agencies worked it out to keep the road project on track while complying with existing law.

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