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Stimulus signage has GOP outraged
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Source: Chicago Trib

Critics say they amount to taxpayer-funded political advertising. Others respond that signs, too, are jobs

WASHINGTON First-term Republican Congressman Aaron Schock of Illinois is peeved over the green highway signs that have sprouted across the U.S. touting stimulus dollars at work.

"Propaganda. An unnecessary overhead expense," argued Schock, who, like every House Republican, opposed last year's $787 billion stimulus.

Lately some Republicans have been taking aim at signage for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. This month, Schock introduced a bill, the "End the Stimulus Advertisement Act," to prohibit them.

In Illinois, about 950 signs have been posted at highway, road, transit and other projects, said Josh Kauffman, a spokesman for the Illinois Department of Transportation.

The signs cost about $300 each, and it costs another $200 to install them, he said. The bottom line? About $665,000, a calculation Kauffman said is based on buying a sign and installing it in two locations.


Where do Republicans think the signs come from, asked Eddie Vale, political communications director for the AFL-CIO. "There isn't a magical road sign unicorn that brings them. They're manufactured, that is, building and placing the signs also create jobs."

At Western Remac Inc. in west suburban Woodridge, president Mike Conoscenti said it had made and sold about 100 Recovery Act signs and he appreciates the work. "In this day and age, everything is extremely competitive in pricing. Work is down for us across the board, our margins are extremely tight, and we're happy for anything that we can get."

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  -Stimulus signage has GOP outraged sabra  Jul-16-10 10:45 AM   #0 
  - Young Aaron not outraged over THIS stimulus.  CurtEastPoint   Jul-16-10 10:47 AM   #1 
  - Well.....  HardWorkingDem   Jul-16-10 11:08 AM   #9 
  - Looks like a little log in his cabin...  David__77   Jul-16-10 12:28 PM   #26 
  - Then the woman in the picture....  HardWorkingDem   Jul-17-10 07:41 PM   #37 
  - I qualified for weatherization of my house thanks to the stimulus  roguevalley   Jul-16-10 04:56 PM   #31 
  - Gee did anybody calculate the cost of the  Bitwit1234   Jul-16-10 10:48 AM   #2 
  - Doh!!!  CatWoman   Jul-16-10 12:00 PM   #22 
  - Why do they hate sign makers??  ohtransplant   Jul-16-10 10:51 AM   #3 
  - Rachel Maddow stuns Aaron Schock over stimulus hypocrisy  Enrique   Jul-16-10 10:53 AM   #4 
  - +1  Canuckistanian   Jul-16-10 11:18 AM   #16 
  - I guess the debate on the floor doesn't count as consultation.  alfredo   Jul-19-10 03:54 PM   #40 
  - well Aaron, if you'd stop lying about the impact of the stimulus bill, we'd not have to use signs  Hamlette   Jul-16-10 10:56 AM   #5 
  - in Minnesota, I've noticed a good share of signage  Morning Dew   Jul-16-10 10:56 AM   #6 
  - from the article:  sabra   Jul-16-10 11:10 AM   #10 
  - Someone has to make those signs  Oregone   Jul-16-10 10:58 AM   #7 
  - Did he object to....  HardWorkingDem   Jul-16-10 11:06 AM   #8 
  - I've seen signs near road construction for years...decades even....  Roland99   Jul-16-10 11:11 AM   #11 
  - Putting up those signs was an idiotic move!!!!  edgrosvenor   Jul-16-10 11:11 AM   #12 
  - At the very least  Morning Dew   Jul-16-10 11:18 AM   #15 
  - I'm stuck behind this stinky old pickup truck in a car with no a/c  AlbertCat   Jul-16-10 12:57 PM   #29 
  - Sour grapes. TFB.  Metta   Jul-16-10 11:11 AM   #13 
  - Ther are several of these signs near our home - each time we pass one, I think  old mark   Jul-16-10 11:18 AM   #14 
  - Trillions of dollars wasted on war and they are concerned about a few signs? Typical. nt  TBF   Jul-16-10 11:20 AM   #17 
  - I wondered how long it would take for this to happen. I live in a VERY  madmom   Jul-16-10 11:30 AM   #18 
  - " "Propaganda. An unnecessary overhead expense," Just for that I think we should  mzmolly   Jul-16-10 11:31 AM   #19 
  - LOL I clicked expecting to see propaganda...  AzNick   Jul-16-10 11:35 AM   #20 
  - To be fair, those things are a bit annoying...  David__77   Jul-16-10 12:30 PM   #27 
  - Question: how much did it cost the taxpayer for Bush's  CatWoman   Jul-16-10 11:57 AM   #21 
  - Probably in the millions. They commandeered a whole aircraft carrier, Harrier jump jet, and  4lbs   Jul-16-10 12:13 PM   #23 
  - the GOP should stop doing all those tourism ads that run in-state  KurtNYC   Jul-16-10 12:20 PM   #24 
  - i'm sure these same republicans complained about g.dubya's $300 "rebates are coming" letters  unblock   Jul-16-10 12:27 PM   #25 
  - Oh crap. Putting up signs at public works projects, local, state, federal is standard procedure.  yellowcanine   Jul-16-10 12:52 PM   #28 
  - Eliminate all "Chamber of Commerce" signage and save our economy. n/t  BumRushDaShow   Jul-16-10 01:46 PM   #30 
  - Lots of those signs in NJ  DiverDave   Jul-16-10 05:39 PM   #32 
  - I like it when Republicans are outraged  LawnKorn   Jul-16-10 09:01 PM   #33 
  - God forbid we show government spending in a positive light!  Odin2005   Jul-17-10 06:40 PM   #34 
  - What a wonderful world when this is the biggest outrage.  mbperrin   Jul-17-10 06:47 PM   #35 
  - We have made drives through WV, Ohio, NC, and SC this summer  underpants   Jul-17-10 07:13 PM   #36 
  - see Boortz' column in today's AJC?  CatWoman   Jul-17-10 07:49 PM   #38 
  - Well, those signs are a stupid waste of money.  Nye Bevan   Jul-19-10 03:42 PM   #39 

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