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"Stimulus funds spruce up state's national forest"

Posted by nationalforestlawblog on October 18, 2010 at 6:11 PM

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has this report on stimulus dollars in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.  It contains some nice fall photos, which hopefully make up for the $5,995,754 spent by taxpayers to fix up a couple old cabins.  Way to spend that money Washington.  We're creating jobs...oh, no wait, we aren't, nevermind.

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Reply adam
06:45 PM on October 18, 2010
Easy now, the article clearly states it was only $590k for the work on the nine cabins. The forest as a whole got $6m.
Reply nationalforestlawblog
10:51 PM on October 18, 2010
You're correct Adam. The point remains that the money we're spending is not creating actual jobs.
Reply adam
11:43 PM on October 18, 2010
I'm the first to admit that that the administration's choice to frame things linguistically in terms of "job creation" was a poor decision, partly because it has that implication of permanence that simply calling it "stimulus work" doesn't have. However, to argue that people aren't being hired to do the $6m worth of work on the forest is disingenuous. Culvert replacement, fuel reduction and building restoration is all fair paying work. Is it permanent? Probably not. Is it keeping people (more) employed and giving them opportunity to circulate the money back into their local economies? I suspect that it probably is. It's not like they just took a $6m pile of twenties and lit it on fire.