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Letter: Scramble begins for federal money

To the Editor:

The grant writers for the City of New Richmond, the school district and WITC are pikers compared to Edwardsville, Ala.

Edwardsville (pop. 194) has bid for $375 million from the economic stimulus package being assembled by Barack Obama and lawmakers in Congress. That's $1.93 million per man, woman and child.

The Alabama town listed 33 proposals -- about two thirds of them related to "green" energy -- to the list of "ready-to-go" projects assembled by the U. S. Conference of Mayors. Total sum: $375,076,200.

There is no denying that Edwardsville has big ambitions. Through the various proposals, which include a renewable energy museum, scenic railroad and vineyards, this small town envisions itself becoming a cutting-edge demonstration project for energy sustainability. Who can argue with that?

Let's see, the Democrat/Republican complex "economic stimulus package" started with $700 billion; then Obama raised it to $1.2 trillion and prophesied a trillion dollars per year thereafter would be needed to pull us out of the recession.

That's our money folks. Notice that the national debt that everybody blamed on Bush is no longer a problem.

Yes, but Bush caused the recession. Tell us how? You seniors who voted for Obama better take a look at your Social Security. Obama has already said that he and Congress would take a look at it; everything is on the table for cuts.

Last week, in a press conference, Obama said that pork projects or "earmarks" would not be approved. Maybe Obama will be our savior yet.

Bob Ziller

New Richmond