Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Caglepost: Santa Claus Government

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Santa Claus Government
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Most children have probably finished their Christmas lists to Santa Claus. Some elected officials, however, are still compiling theirs.

Close behind Detroit's wish list comes a long one from America's mayors.

Last Monday, the U.S. Conference of Mayors sent its list of wishes to the political equivalent of Santa Claus: Congress. The mayors apparently figure with all the talk from President-elect Obama about infrastructure repair and job creation, they might as well try to pile onto Santa's lap, too.

The mayors claim the economy will be stimulated if their wishes are granted. What do they want? The National Taxpayers Union (NTU) has analyzed the 72-page list. Here are some of the lowlights.

-- $1.102 billion in projects involving sidewalks;

-- $1 million for annual sewer rehabilitation in Casper, Wyo. (emphasis mine);

-- $6.1 million for corporate hangars, parking lots, and a business apron at the Fayetteville, Ark., airport.

-- 15 projects with the term "stadium" in them, including a $150 million Metromover extension to the Florida Marlins' baseball stadium; and

-- 81 projects mentioning "landscaping" and/or beautification efforts.

Kristina Rasmussen, NTU's director of government affairs, offers more analysis of the mayors' report on ... READ MORE