Shovels are so Dark Age anyway


President Obama shocked America with his admission in NY Times that he realized too late: “there’s no such thing as shovel-ready projects”. It has the effect of the John McCain’s ‘I never said I am a maverick’ remark.

There is no such thing as ‘shovel ready projects’, because the US bureaucracy is so over bloated and obese – it is dysfunctional.

Plus America is already out of the Dark Ages and industrial scale construction work is done with much more sophisticated tools. Nobody really wants to go back to windmills and shovels. It is the age of ‘tweeters’, so to speak.

The only one left digging with shovels is the Obama administration and the grandma planting petunias in her yard.

So let’s drop the shovel, hammer and sickle slogans and try to find out: where did the $800 billion of the Stimulus money go?

After year and a half of shovels here, shovels there, shovels everywhere, President Obama admitted – those are just words. No such thing in the real life.

Below is the collection of shovel catchy phrases that were thrown at us from the White House in press releases, speeches and remarks.

March 3, 2009

I can say that 14 days after I signed our Recovery Act into law, we are seeing shovels hit the ground.

March 28, 2009

The Recovery Act, as we call it, provides a necessary jolt to our economy to implement what we refer as “shovel-ready” projects

May 15, 2009

… it will also support shovel-ready projects that are essential to getting Americans back to work and fixing the nation’s economic crisis quickly and efficiently.

June 8, 2009

… shovels are going to be in the ground, people out there in hard hats are going to be working, making a decent wage.

June 8, 2009

The ambitious effort follows an initial 100 day period of the Recovery Act focused on providing immediate relief to hard-hit families and communities, jump-starting shovel-ready projects…

August 15, 2009

There are almost 100 shovel-ready transportation projects already approved in Colorado which are beginning to create jobs…

November 12, 2009

DOT agencies have been doing their part to make Recovery Act funds available to states as quickly as possible for local shovel-ready transportation projects.

December 03, 2009

We got some good, hardheaded feedback… about how we have to do this more effectively…  how can we make sure that shovel ready actually means shovel ready…

December 15, 2009

… obligations that cause a shovel-ready project to hire a contractor, and for that contractor to hire workers to implement that project, puts people to work.

December 16, 2009

… not just rescuing the economy by providing immediate job opportunities through shovel-ready projects…

February 06, 2010

Mike, are you here?  He’s on his way; he’s still shoveling.  (Laughter.)

May 18, 2010

Recovery Act funds were allocated to make the park a “shovel ready” site for an industrial use.

July 15, 2010

Because we did, shovels will soon be moving earth and trucks will soon be pouring concrete where we are standing.

July 20, 2010

Obama stood on a platform in the middle of the work site, which at the moment remains a big area of mud and dirt, with shovels ready to go.

August 09, 2010

They will fulminate and say it’s going to be Armageddon if we pass all this stuff, but then they’re cheesin’ and grinnin’ right there — (laughter) — got the shovel all ready — (laughter)

Nobody is laughing anymore.

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