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.