by John Stossel
When Congress passed the $787 billion stimulus plan, President Obama...
....promised skeptical listeners that the government's poor track record of wasting money would not be repeated this time.
"Our goal must be to spend these precious dollars with unprecedented accountability, responsibility, and transparency," he said.
That was February. This is August. The Associated Press today reports that:
A sleepy Montana checkpoint along the Canadian border that sees about three travelers a day will get $15 million under President Barack Obama's economic stimulus plan. A government priority list ranked the project as marginal, but two powerful Democratic senators (Max Baucus and Jon Tester) persuaded the administration to make it happen.
Despite Obama's promises that the stimulus plan would be transparent and free of politics, the government is handing out $720 million for border upgrades under a process that is both secretive and susceptible to political influence.
So who has to wait for their money while Montana’s “sleepy checkpoint” gets fast-tracked? Places like:
A checkpoint in Laredo, Texas, which serves more than 55,000 travelers and 4,200 trucks a day, is rated among the government's highest priorities but was passed over for stimulus money.