The primary objective of Barack Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, or ARRA, was to save and create jobs almost immediately. Secondary objectives were to provide temporary relief programs for those most impacted by the recession and invest in infrastructure, education, health, and ‘green’ energy.
I’ll get into the failed ‘green’ energy initiatives here later, because they are doozies!
Now… I’m well aware that President Obama didn’t personally approve how stimulus funds were allocated. I would LOVE to know who all approved this shit!
From cnsnews.com. Holy shit!
The government spent at least $205,075 in 2010 to “translocate” a single bush 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.
205 grand to move a bush???
“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.
Ohhhhh! It’s a California project! That explains everything! Those liberal wackos are more into the welfare of plants and animals than they are their own people.
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.”
So you can buy these things at The Home Depot, but the local government spends a ton of cash to relocate a wild plant?
Prior to the discovery of this “wild” Franciscan manzanita, the plant had been considered extinct for as long as 62 years–extinct, that is, outside of people’s yards and botanical gardens.
Holy crap is this shit hilarious!
On Oct. 16, 2009, Dr. Daniel Gluesenkamp, a botanist who was then the director of Habitat Protection and Restoration for Audubon Canyon Ranch, noticed the manzanita when he was driving along Doyle Drive (the highway leading to the Golden Gate Bride that is now under renovation).
With help from a biologist from the Presidio Trust (which oversees the Presidio) and an ecologist from the National Park Service, Gluesenkamp’s discovery was determined to be a Franciscan manzanita.
Shortly thereafter, the Presidio Trust, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the California Department of Fish and Game developed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for saving this one bush from the highway project, for which ground had been broken in December 2009.
This has been known for years…. but, man, is our government fucked up! This many government agencies working together to save a bush… Makes me sick!
The agreement of Dec. 21, 2009 – Memorandum of Agreement Regarding Planning, Development, and Implementation of the Conservation Plan for Franciscan Manzanita – explains how, why, and when the bush would be moved and which agencies would be responsible for which aspects of the move. (MOA – Fran Man – 2009.pdf)
Seriously???? For a bush? I double checked; this is not a joke… this really happened!
While the MOA did not detail all the costs for moving the bush, it did state that in addition to funding removal and transportation of the Franciscan manzanita, Caltrans agreed to transfer $79,470 to the Presidio Trust “to fund the establishment, nurturing, and monitoring of the Mother Plant in its new location for a period not to exceed ten (10) years following relocation and two (2) years for salvaged rooted layers and cuttings according to the activities outlined in the Conservation Plan.”
So, California is broke as hell. Right? And they drop $80k to take care of a bush for 10 years? I could take care of my three children for ten years with $80k!
Furthermore, Presidio Parkway Project spokesperson Molly Graham told CNSNews.com that the “hard removal”— actually digging up the plant, putting it on a truck, driving it somewhere else and replanting it–cost $100,000.
The MOA also stated that Caltrans agreed to “Transfer $25,605.00 to the Trust to fund the costs of reporting requirements of the initial 10-year period as outlined in the Conservation Plan.”
Exactly what is there to report?? It’s a plant. “I watered it today and it’s green.”
The $100,000 to pay for the “hard removal,” the $79,470 to pay for the “establishment, nurturing and monitoring” of the plant for a decade after its “hard removal,” and the $25,605 to cover the “reporting requirements” for the decade after the “hard removal,” equaled a total cost of $205,075 for “translocating” this manzanita bush.
There ya go people! Your tax dollars at work! There are other, ongoing, costs involved with this “project” but I’m not going to get into them. Click on the link to the article above to read it all.
But there is one other thing to note here that sheds some light on who had their hands in this particular cookie jar:
In a Feb. 17, 2010 statement about stimulus money going to the project, then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi described herself as “a long-time supporter of the Presidio Parkway project.”
Thinking about California and the idiocy of its government reminds me of an awesome video and even better song, titled “Ænima”, performed by Tool. Enjoy the darkness that is this fantastic song!