Stimulizing: Ohio Spending $1 Million of Stimulus Money on Road Signs to Inform Public They're Spending Stimulus Money

Hey, all churches have tithing, don't they?

state senator from Ohio says his state is spending $1 million on road signs to advertise the use of stimulus money for road projects. In other words, the state is using your money to tell you it's spending your money.

State Sen. Tim Grendell, R-Ohio, calls it a waste of taxpayer dollars. The road signs he's concerned about display words such as "Project Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act" Some road projects have two signs, and some don't have any at all, but the signs aren't cheap.

The bigger signs can cost as much as $3,000 each, according to Grendell, who says this is just a big "thank you" to the Obama Administration.

He told CNN, "Send a fruit basket if you want to say 'thank you.' Don't waste a million dollars saying 'thank' you to Washington for giving us back our tax money."

Grendell says the message here is that stimulus dollars are "being spent stupidly."

Ohio's Department of Transportation says that criticism misses the point -- that this is all about transparency.

Uh-huh. Transparently obvious politicking for The One on the taxpayer's dime.

Thanks to ArthurK.

Posted by: Ace at 02:37 PM


1 Here's the obvious question. Who gets the sign contract, and who did they give money to in the last election?

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at February 05, 2010 02:39 PM (I/MqP)

2 I need to go into the sign making business. It would be a perfect compliment to my carbon credit scam business.

Posted by: GreenGasEmissions at February 05, 2010 02:39 PM (jpf1B)

3 These have been up since last spring. I always thought they were idiotic.

Posted by: buzzion at February 05, 2010 02:39 PM (oVQFe)

4 I've always wanted to deface one of those "Putting America to Work" signs with graffitti saying "Making Signs" or somesuch, but haven't the nerve.

Posted by: someone2 at February 05, 2010 02:40 PM (/hia0)

5 I guess this falls under "recursive stimulus."

Posted by: George Orwell at February 05, 2010 02:41 PM (AZGON)

6 Wouldn't it be much more transparent to have a website that listed where and how the money had been spent. That way I would know how much was spent on the project and how many projects there were etc... Not just a tombstone at the side of the road basically saying "Here Lies Your Tax Dollar"

Posted by: Buzzsaw at February 05, 2010 02:42 PM (tf9Ne)

7 Rhode Island does this too. Insult to injury.

Posted by: Truman North at February 05, 2010 02:43 PM (e8YaH)

8 And isn't your quality of life so benefited by all of those signs informing you how many sign makers careers were saved by numbulis.

Posted by: MikeTheMoose at February 05, 2010 02:44 PM (0q2P7)

9 I see at least five or six of these stupid signs on my way to AND from work in each direction.

In addition, there is a facility near where I work that has a sign out front inform int the public that the facility received X hundreds of thousands of dollars from the stimulus bill. With that stupid logo.

Unemployment's still rampant. The "shovel-ready" jobs haven't even started yet.


Posted by: Good Lt. at February 05, 2010 02:45 PM (jH17H)

10 Can't they just find a bunch of 'community organizers' with spray cans and get the same message across for a few bucks less. Why, I'd be willing to bet that they could find some volunteers if they looked hard enough.

Posted by: The Original Mikey, not the troll one at February 05, 2010 02:45 PM (TJoID)

11 Wouldn't it be much more transparent to have a website that listed where and how the money had been spent.

I wouldn't expect it to be any more accurate than any of the other "recovery"[sic] websites. Non-existent Congressional districts, etc.

Posted by: HeatherRadish at February 05, 2010 02:45 PM (mR7mk)

12 I've always wanted to deface one of those "Putting America to Work"
signs with graffitti saying "Making Signs" or somesuch, but haven't the

Plus they just replace it with another $3k sign. .

Posted by: taylork at February 05, 2010 02:45 PM (4jZ56)

13 This happened in NH, too, and they were shamed into at least paring down the spending on such signs.

Posted by: ECM at February 05, 2010 02:46 PM (nYKDd)

14 I am a Comment.

Posted by: This Comment Cost You $1,000,000 at February 05, 2010 02:47 PM (bN5ZU)

15 I pass these fuckers on a daily basis. What's funn? I-75 seems worse now than before they started the reconstruction. Oooooof course.

Posted by: laceyunderallssonn at February 05, 2010 02:48 PM (TwXU6)

16 I drive past a new office complex that's under construction every day. Outside of it is a sign saying basically hurray this is being built with stimulus funds! Every day I ponder taking out the sign with my car.

Posted by: alexthechick at February 05, 2010 02:48 PM (TtXKB)

17 The bigger signs can cost as much as $3,000 each, according to
Grendell, who says this is just a big "thank you" to the Obama

I can think of plenty of other ways to say "thank you" to the clown posse. None of them would cost a dime.

Posted by: Peaches at February 05, 2010 02:49 PM (9Wv2j)

18 11

I'm sure you are correct and it would probably end up costing more than the signs too.

Trying to apply logic to these boondoggles only makes my head hurt.

Posted by: Buzzsaw at February 05, 2010 02:49 PM (tf9Ne)

19 Nothing new. Many of us complained here in Michigan for the very same reason last summer. Nothing was done. I guess sign makers are on the list for jobs saved or created.

Posted by: Bill R. at February 05, 2010 02:50 PM (EhlQq)

20 Gov. Ted Strickland (D) is trying to figure out ways to keep his job. We're hurting here in Ohio: unemployment well above national average and plenty of vacant businesses.
I've had to deal with ODOT before and they are all about politics before making any policy decision.

Posted by: Retired Buckeye Cop at February 05, 2010 02:51 PM (bCQG3)

Sen. Gregg tried to pass an amendment several months ago to stop this bullshit but everyone just laughed and called him anti-Obama and anti-jobs.

Posted by: This is Randolph Mantooth at February 05, 2010 02:51 PM (z37MR)

22 Somewhere, Salvador Dali is smiling. Reality has curved back inwards to observe itself, and is amused. Absurdity is the New Reality, comrades !!!

You can call it whatever you want but it's Payola Politics, super-sized for the new decade of Promised Prosperity

Posted by: SantaRosaStan at February 05, 2010 02:51 PM (JrRME)

If this passes for stimulus, what cannot be far behind? Perhaps we will literally see a line of people digging ditches followed by another line, filling them in.

Posted by: George Orwell at February 05, 2010 02:51 PM (AZGON)

24 I've been seeing those signs on the CA freeways, too. Says "Paid for by the American Investment Recovery Act" or some such shit. With no road construction being done. They put the signs up but didn't do anything.

I have no doubt CA's stimulus money went into the pockets of our "esteemed" legislators and their union buddies.

Posted by: wherestherum at February 05, 2010 02:52 PM (gofDd)

25 There are lotsa these signs in The Peoples Republic of Northern California, often on roads where there is no visible signs of repair, recent or current. I expect that soon they'll come with a photo of Boxer Bitch, smiling that enormously creepy semi-smile

We can Party like it's Nineteen Ninety-Nine. Oh, wait.............

Posted by: SantaRosaStan at February 05, 2010 02:55 PM (JrRME)

26 Rum, I saw one on the 73 toll road on the way back from San Diego. A privately-owned, recently built, 100% pristine and perfect stretch of highway. I was like WTF?

Posted by: Peaches at February 05, 2010 02:56 PM (9Wv2j)

27 Ohio's Department of Transportation says that criticism misses the point -- that this is all about transparency.
Some people are just too stupid to exist.

Posted by: Vic at February 05, 2010 02:58 PM (QrA9E)

28 Plus they just replace it with another $3k sign. .

Well, yes. It's the broken window form of stimulus in action.

"Daddy, what should I be when I grow up?"

"A signmaker, son. A signmaker."

Posted by: someone2 at February 05, 2010 02:59 PM (/hia0)

29 wherestherum at February 05, 2010 02:52 PM (gofDd)

Great minds think alike, rum, but you was faster than me. My favorite California Here's Your Sign is the one on Route 1 ( Pacific Coast Highway ) north of Jenner which essentially promises a decline in mudslides and rockslides due to the Stim-U-lus

Posted by: SantaRosaStan at February 05, 2010 02:59 PM (JrRME)

30 Let's not forget those "Left Turn Only" signs.

Posted by: slippery when wet at February 05, 2010 03:00 PM (2qU2d)

31 I have no doubt CA's stimulus money went into the pockets of our "esteemed" legislators and their union buddies.

New York spent 85% on welfare.

Posted by: HeatherRadish at February 05, 2010 03:00 PM (mR7mk)

3k each? aren't these signs made by convicts in the prison system?

Posted by: bulwark at February 05, 2010 03:02 PM (MdzCh)

33 I pass one of those signs every day coming into work. It's no joke.

Posted by: Herr Morgenholz at February 05, 2010 03:02 PM (5aa4z)

34 I have my name on these all over Colorado. Cool way for everyone to see my name on worthless highway projects.

I wonder how much we spent on those things? They have that cool Obama pie logo even

Posted by: bill ritter at February 05, 2010 03:03 PM (g2qqp)

35 This is a week old.

Is there a center-right version of DIGG? These are the kind of stories that I want to see bumped up via user votes.

Maybe Instapundit should have it. Why not where there is a mian story that links to the exclusive story and sublinks to all the blog stories with regional input.

There's an Illinois blogger named Marathon Pundit that has asked his readers to send him photos they snap of all the wasted Stimulus money on signs. They're all over the place in Illinois. I see them at CTA transit stations, on the highway, and even plastered on new hybrid buses that were purchased with stimulus funds.

Posted by: WTFCI at February 05, 2010 03:03 PM (+zo63)

36 No offense meant to AoSHQ about a week old story. Just personal bitching about the lack of effort for something I should probably just organize myself if I want it so badly.

Posted by: WTFCI at February 05, 2010 03:04 PM (+zo63)

37 Yo Dawg! We heard you like federal spending; so we put some road signs on your road signs, so you can get ripped off while you get ripped off.

Posted by: Xzibit at February 05, 2010 03:06 PM (d52GB)

38 I think ALL the stimulus money should be spent on road signs. We could bring back the days of Burma After-Shave.

Posted by: ApacheWarrior at February 05, 2010 03:07 PM (gAgwI)

39 Blogo had his name pasted on every new toll plaza improvement. When he got removed from office they were taken off the next day.

Quinn to his credit did not put up his name.

Posted by: Pablo Honey at February 05, 2010 03:07 PM (jxHlf)

40 Peaches, the first one I saw was on the 101 West near Sherman Oaks. I haven't seen any on the 405. I wonder if the new carpool lane they're putting on the 405 N is part of that. I haven't seen any of the signs on the 405 N, however.

stan, if I see Boxer's face on any sign, I'm going to mow it down with my car.

Posted by: wherestherum at February 05, 2010 03:09 PM (gofDd)

Pablo Honey? Haven't seen that handle around these parts in a long time.

Posted by: This is boner at February 05, 2010 03:09 PM (z37MR)

42 Someone came up with a nice creative addition to those Stimulus signs:

Take that, Barry!

Posted by: Stirner at February 05, 2010 03:14 PM (XOE03)

43 Quinn to his credit did not put up his name.

Well the voters haven't elected him to the Penthouse yet. Give him time. If only giving him time was a path to victory. The more time he gets the more support he loses.

Posted by: WTFCI at February 05, 2010 03:17 PM (+zo63)

44 been doing that all last year in Minnesota. in iowa, we just don't do any work.

My moonbat friends see these signs as proof that the stimulus worked. They just can't understand that the funds being used aren't stimulus funds, as they were already appropriated and funded.

I just smile and nod, knowing where my taxes are going.

Posted by: Jay in Ames at February 05, 2010 03:26 PM (UEEex)

45 "The bigger signs can cost as much as $3,000 each, according to Grendell, who says this is just a big "thank you" to the Obama Administration."
Bullshit. Obama will never see the signs, they aren't a thank you to him, their propaganda on his behalf. Practically using public funds to campaign, which is illegal, I think.

Posted by: Randy at February 05, 2010 03:32 PM (zQKSr)

46 42
Someone came up with a nice creative addition to those Stimulus signs:

Take that, Barry!

That's in our neighborhood. That sign is right by our daycare!

At the other end of that stretch of road, there's another stimulus sign. A few months ago, someone slapped a big sticker on it. Construction orange. It said, "THANKS, CHINA!"

I've wanted to deface these damn things ever since they went up. But I figure it's not worth going to jail for. However, I'm really glad that others are willing to take that risk.

My idea was to spray-paint a big red V (for victory) on them.

Posted by: tsj017 at February 05, 2010 03:32 PM (4YUWF)

47 Now if only someone like Sublog would reconstruct the prank stimulus sign, and convert it into a format that could be uploaded to the net, where concerned citizens could perhaps download the file and independently take them to the local kinkos for printing on a banner.

Hint! Hint!

Posted by: Stirner at February 05, 2010 03:41 PM (XOE03)

48 I wondered how much was being spent on those damned signs. Iwonder if I can put in a bidto makethem.
An Obama Road Crew repaved a road on my commute to work last year. It didn't need repairs to start with, and now this road is the worst road I have driven on in a long time. It is unusually prone to developing black ice, it is so rippled and wavy that for 200 yards or so it is bumpier than a wooden roller coaster coming to a stop and it is slicker than snot after a half inch of snow falls n it. When the cones were up and this project was active, it seemed like there was a dump truck with twenty workers. Ten of them would dig the road up and fill the truck while the other ten stood around waiting for the truck with dirt in it to arrive at their work site (50 yds or so down the road from the other ten people). Upon arrival, those ten people would proceed to take the recently loaded dirt from the truck and fill the hole they had just dug four hours ago. This went on for four months. When the time was up for the project, they finished everything in about two days (what it should have taken in the first place) and moved on. Did I mention that the new the road SUCKS? The new road sucks.

Posted by: ed davis at February 05, 2010 03:49 PM (nBE5A)

49 Are you kidding me? In Illinios I saw those signs go up the day after the stimulus bill passed, the ink probably wasn't even dry. That was only one of the many things that made me know how much this thing stunk to high heaven.

Posted by: Robin at February 05, 2010 04:08 PM (6uXZa)

50 Yawn.

Michigan did that about seven months ago.

Spent tons on road signs announcing that we're spending stimulus money.

This is so... 2009

Posted by: shibumi at February 05, 2010 04:36 PM (OKZrE)

51 California, of course, has been doing this shit since the beginning. Worst potholes on the freeways of any state in the Union, but hey, let's put up propaganda signs instead of fixing safety problems.

Posted by: Uncle Jefe at February 05, 2010 04:41 PM (+3fAP)


I love it when you see a bunch of unionized laborers sunning themselves on a long break at a road site, right near the sign that says "Your Tax Dollars at Work"

Posted by: kbdabear at February 05, 2010 04:46 PM (sYxEE)

53 This is so... 2009

Last year I told the story (the truth actually) about three bridges closed in my area right after the big pork dollars got approved by the (D)'s. Major traffic disruptions, 15 minute delays, very few detour signs. It turned out to be a Potemkin village of bridge repair hoisted on the public by over-eager local (D)'s trying to help the Won out. The bridges quietly opened months later with no sign of any improvement being performed. At. All.

The cute little catch phrase 'shovel-ready' had another meaning altogether. It seems to mean, in the (D) world, some project that they should spend the money on, will pretend to spend the money on, but the money disappears. The dumb people that vote for this kinda fraud and choose to ignore it with a shrug of the shoulders need a light coating of very warm tar and a handful of feathers themselves.

Posted by: Amish Jack at February 05, 2010 04:48 PM (IhHdM)

54 The real problem is that the gas taxes are siphoned of for some welfare entitlement while the roads and bridges where allowed to crumble. F|_|ck BHO and his democrat congress.

Posted by: sTevo at February 05, 2010 05:12 PM (eA3tl)

55 Every time I see one of those stupid signs here in WA, I can feel my blood pressure shoot up 80 points. Before those stupid stimulus signs went up, our state put up equally large, equally maddening signs "Your Nickel At Work"--because the voters of my state voted to increase our gas tax by a nickel so we could partially fund some road projects (but not finish them). Sometimes I hate this state, but then I think it could always be worse. We could be OR.

Posted by: runningrn at February 05, 2010 05:17 PM (CfmlF)

56 Up here in MA we are getting lots of ads with obama in them, about food banks. We were getting a lot of private company ads suggesting they could loan money out to people with bad credit ratings and implied they had obama's backing. I've never seen a president advertised so much, either by himself or by others.

Posted by: J at February 05, 2010 05:25 PM (T3/qP)

57 Official song for this thread from Ace of Base for the Base of Ace;

I Saw the Sign

Posted by: kbdabear at February 05, 2010 05:28 PM (sYxEE)

I hope they'll make signs that point out that the signs informing the public that the stimulus money was spent on the road was also spent on those signs. And on the signs that are about the signs. And maybe those sings could just get a sticker or something.

Posted by: Dang at February 05, 2010 05:52 PM (UA4gE)

59 Slap stickers across them saying "Free Phone Sex -Call Me!" and have the White House telephone number under it. Yeah, it's only the taxpayers being screwed, but it's dirty talk they've earned, so might as well give it to them...

Posted by: w'evver at February 05, 2010 07:01 PM (GkYyh)

60 alexthechick
I am so relieved to see that I am not the only one wanting to ram into those ridiculous signs. I have to fight urge to hit them with my very large SUV. I cannot wait to leave the schizophrenic state of Ohio. Our next assignment cannot come fast enough. Note to the military, next time, send us to a state worth dying for. It kind of saps the will to serve living here.

Posted by: nogooddeed at February 05, 2010 10:17 PM (5heYe)

61 There are signs like that all over San Francisco.

Posted by: Blinky2010 at February 06, 2010 06:25 PM (eWDqI)

62 2010 2010

Posted by: ahmed at February 07, 2010 06:55 AM (+2rdk)

63 Saw them in NM first, then out in the Berkshires in MA.

I'd rather have the stupid stimulus checks that I have to pay taxes on the next year... at least then I can pretend some of the money is mine.

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