August 19, 2010

Issa Report Forces Administration's Propaganda Retreat

Via email:

In a letter to Oversight and Government Reform Committee Ranking Member Darrell Issa, Department of Transportation Inspector General Calvin L. Scovel III stated that the Federal Railroad Administration and the Federal Transit Administration, "have relaxed their original ARRA signage requirements" and DOT agencies no longer require ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) signage. Despite this change, Rep. Issa remains concerned about inappropriate propaganda efforts pushed by the Department of Transportation and a lack of focus on creating private sector jobs.

"Despite eliminating requirements to post signs, Department of Transportation agencies are still improperly focused on pushing projects to display signs crediting President Obama and the so-called 'stimulus' for earmarked funding handouts," said Issa. "The Administration's obsession with using taxpayer money to get political credit for projects adds unnecessary expenses and bureaucracy to a spending package that's failing to spur promised job creation in the private sector."

The Federal Railroad Administration's decision to eliminate requirements for posting stimulus signs took effect on July 15, 2010 and follows questions and criticism by Republican Members of Congress, including Rep. Issa and Rep. Aaron Schock, about the improper use of stimulus funds for politically motivated signage.

The stimulus is a failure, and the propaganda efforts the DOT is (slowly) backing away from only existed to fluff for the Administration.

This isn't much, and isn't the GAO investigation Issa is calling for to go after the illegal propaganda being generated from from White House.

Still, it is a start.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at August 19, 2010 01:56 PM

I thought the DOT signs were counter-productive. To me they said "This traffic jam was brought to you by Obama".

Posted by: Stilgar at August 19, 2010 03:11 PM

So are you saying that DOT is Obie Won's fluffer?

Posted by: TimothyJ at August 19, 2010 09:27 PM

Ninety percent of the signs I see are on stretches of road with NO workers anywhere to be seen. Someone's BEEN there, there are cones and horses set up ... but there's no work going on.

Posted by: DoorHold at August 22, 2010 08:00 PM

obama's tricks. he hates america and all that it stands for. he is just a puppet anyway. someone else is pulling his strings.

Posted by: southernsue at August 25, 2010 09:14 AM