Friday, February 19, 2010

Roy CAN Dance! Especially Around The Question: The Evolution Of An Answer

On February 17, 2010, the 1 year anniversary of the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Representative Roy Blunt attended an event in Springfield MO at a site that had received over $500,000 of stimulus money.

I asked asked Representative Blunt as he concluded his tour of Springfield's Brownfield Program site

if he would care to comment about how President Obama's stimulus package was benefiting Springfield.

"No comment," said Representative Blunt.

Springfield received over $500,000 for this project, how do you think this benefited Springfield I asked again.

He stopped as he got ready to enter the elevator and told me I had the wrong project. The project out at the waste treatment plant received stimulus money, not this one.

No sir, I said, the EPA released a press release last August announcing over $500,000 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Stimulus money) going to the Brownfield Program.

"No comment," said Representative Blunt as he entered the elevator and the doors closed.

Tony Messenger, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, asked Representative Blunt in Jefferson City yesterday
if it was hypocritical of him to bash the stimulus while taking credit for spending from the same bill in his district, Blunt said he wasn’t aware if he had done that.

“There may be an example of that,” Blunt said. “I’m not sure what it would be.”

David Loeb of the Associated Press, reports Representative Blunt
said he hadn't knowingly appeared at ceremonies for stimulus-funded projects. But "if I had, I'm not going to be embarrassed about it," Blunt added.

"Surely in spending $800 billion, some of it was worthwhile," Blunt told members of The Associated Press and the Missouri Press Association at their annual Capitol media event.

On Wednesday, Blunt toured several Springfield-area projects funded through the brownfield redevelopment program for contaminated sites. The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded about $1.1 million in stimulus grants for Springfield-area brownfield projects.

"The Native had a great love of his country but remained suspicious of government" reads the caption on this photograph in Ozark Mountain Folk, These Were The Last, a portfolio of photographs by Townsend Godsey, published in 1977 by The Ozarks Mountaineer.

Meanwhile, Kit Bond (has that man's head EVER sat on a level plane atop his shoulders?) is having an AWESOME month!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"The dance floor's for gliding, and not jumping over ponies, where boots and gold bracelets come an meet as they should..."