Taxpayer largesse in California has gone to fund statues of dogs performing natural bodily functions, albeit those usually consigned to the realm of the private. The artist was paid $196,000 to produce these uplifting "works of art."
It's too bad that the California GOP doesn't start running some ads on how public money -- in a state that's strapped, and raising taxes willy-nilly -- is being allocated. But let's hope that the national GOP will follow and then report to the public about how the "stimulus" money is being used -- how 'bout a series of ads called "Your Tax Dollars At Work"?
After all, it's absolutely impossible that the nearly trillion-dollar pork plan that's been rammed through by Democrats won't include many such boondoggles. (It will be interesting to see whether the $50 million stuck into the House package for the NEA was restored in the Democrats-only conference.) That's what happens when many people who've never had to be producers in any real sense start playing around with the public purse.