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February 12, 2009

Fortune in Tax Money Spent on Tasteless Statue

Posted by Dave Blount at February 12, 2009 7:28 AM

Hanoi John Kerry recently explained that the reason the government doesn't stimulate the economy by letting us keep our own hard-earned money so we'll have more of it to spend is that we may not spend it properly. Intones Lurch:

If you put a tax cut into the hands of a business or family, there's no guarantee that they're going to invest that or invest it in America. They're free to go invest anywhere that they want if they choose to invest.

Whereas the government spends our money much more wisely. For example:

Dogs do the darndest things.They poop, they hump and they sniff in all the wrong places.
And now you can see them do all of the above every time you cross the pedestrian bridge over Interstate 80 in Berkeley, Calif., thanks to the largesse of the taxpayers.
Artist Scott Donahue of Emeryville, Calif., was paid $196,000 by Berkeley's public arts program to create two large statues, which feature small, artistic medallions that show dogs doing what dogs do best.
"Various things," Donahue said. "Biting each other, chasing each other… One dog is defecating, two dogs are fornicating."
But with the country in a deep recession and California on the verge of bankruptcy, some taxpayers are questioning the money Donahue got for his work. His total budget was $196,000 — 1.5 percent of the total budget for building the pedestrian bridge. And all of it came from taxpayers.

Bailout money for California, which has spent itself to the brink of bankruptcy, is part of the Porkzilla package that just passed — so whether you live there or not, you paid for the pooping dog.

Government looters are stealing from us, our children, and our grandchildren by the $trillions. But at least they're preventing us from spending our money unwisely.

Government art.

On tips from Matt L, Burning Hot, and Wiggins.