The program has paid out nearly $294 million over the past decade to more than 1,100 different sites and generated at least $377 million more in matching funds, according to the National Trust. The National Park Service administers the program, but the nonprofit trust is its chief advocate and helps coordinate applicants.
Historic preservation advocates have shifted into survival mode.
They argue the program, with its relatively meager federal funding of $30 million annually, has created more than 16,000 jobs across the country at a cost of about $14,000 each. They point out the White House's federal stimulus package is creating jobs at a cost of $248,000 each.
That headline is misleading, because you're talking about grants to restore historic court houses, help small towns develop preservation plans to encourage tourism, maintain historic African American/Slave cemeteries . . . The list is long and important. We're not just talkin' 100 year old replicas of the friggin' flag.
So, yeah. I'm really, really pissed about this.
Strike One for me was promising to stop the infernal wall down on the border, waiting six months into office and then quietly telling the mayors of our border towns to go to hell. That wall's up now, peeps.
Strike Two is NASA. You betcha, that's a home grown issue and it involves jobs, which really, really do trickle into the entire surrounding area down here. Florida's gonna feel some of that pain, too. But more than the jobs is the absolutely idiotic message coming from this administration that we've been wasting government time and money all these years and the private sector can do it better.
I am so not voting for this asshat again. Right now? Ron Paul is looking good.
I. Am. Pissed.
_________________________ I always deserve it. Really.
Loc: Pinellas Park, Florida
Looks like it was rife with "corruption" to me. I agree that historic preservation should be funded, but it should be bullet proof and influence free. NASA will survive and thrive. The agency has had to shift priorities and focus before and will continue to do so. Let's propose another shovel (well, hammer) ready project to take that wall out. Folks would volunteer to whack away at it.
the National Trust for Historic Preservation ... The group is pledging to strengthen and standardize the criteria used for grants awarded by congressional sponsors.
On first read I share your disappointment with the new budget pulling preservation funding. But as it was pointed out the program was plagued with abuse. So now they're going to work to make the grant awards transparent and fair to all ... level the playing field for need in preservation money rather than influence & power of the congressman. Here's hoping they work it out. The proposed budget doesn't go into effect for 7 months, so maybe these issues with preservation can get refunded.
And with NASA ... There's a $6 billion funding increase over the next five years. Some programs have been cut because the objectives have changed.
Yep, trying to save an economy in freefall and trillions in debt is really going to piss some people off. Good luck with that Ron Paul thing.
So what's Ron Paul's position on Federal funding of individual state's preservation needs? I would suspect that like his position on most other Federal funding he'd advocate complete elimination and require the "free market" to step in. Get the Federal government out of the business of spending and out of people's lives. If this is correct, it would be better exactly how?
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