Have you ever really watched the opening title sequence for Fox & Friends? It’s loaded with things paid for by discretionary federal government spending. In order:
1) The U.S. Capitol building. This should be self-evident, but here’s a good history of the building which underscores that.
2) Mount Rushmore. While the process began with small contributions, eventually President Coolidge himself intervened and in 1929 the Mount Rushmore bill was passed allocating federal funding.
3. Gateway Arch. For both the land the monument sits on and the Arch itself, costs were shared between the federal government and local governments. The land for the memorial was obtained by funds authorized by Franklin Roosevelt, while Eisenhower signed the law authorizing funds for the monument itself, which Congress disbursed in 1961.
4. The Statue of Liberty. This is actually a product of an effective public-private partnership more than solely government spending. Lee Iaccoca Jr., after being asked by President Reagan, raised a significant amount of private sector money in the 1980s to refurbish the statue, and Joseph Pulitzer ran the original campaign to get the original funding. But the federal government over the years has spent millions on the statue., and the National Parks Service runs it. Oh, and the statue itself was paid for originally by citizens, a lottery, and local governments in France.
You built that.
“Someone should write a book where the main character slowly falls in love with the reader.”
Last line of the book : “Please, don’t close the book, I don’t want to die”
oh my god
I’d just like, keep the book open and tape it to a wall.
I’m almost afraid to want it.
John Green, we’re waiting.
OMG! ALL my fictional men COME TO ME! I’m going to need a bigger bed.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Prime Minister of Australia kicking ass and taking names (mostly Tony Abbott’s).
I rarely reblog anything like this, but my mind has been blown after watching Julia Gillard address Tony Abott.
My dad was talking about this excitedly the whole ride when he picked me up today, and as soon as we got in the door he made me watch the clip. “She is so amazing! Listen to how fierce she is!” You’re right dad. You’re very right.