‘Covid Relief’ Funds Spent on Tennis Courts and Smoothie Bars

 

One of the very first acts of the Brandon Administration was passing a gargantuan $2 trillion “Covid Relief” package that included $350 billion in “Blue State Bailout” money allocated disproportionately to Democrat-run states and large Democrat-run cities. Since all of this was additional debt that no one ever expected to be paid off, there were no real controls on how it was spent. (You could argue most of the federal budget works this way.) So, local bureaucrats spent the money in a lot of ways that had nothing to do with Covid.

The Detroit Free Press ran a disturbing, though not surprising, story this week about the absolute waste of $6 billion federal dollars in just Michigan’s schools under the guise of “COVID relief.” That money is not needed, but is supposed to be used, according to Joe Biden’s “American Rescue Plan,” to handled COVID-related issues at schools – things like ventilation or HVAC system upgrades.

But instead, the government-run schools found a multitude of other uses for it:

  • $340,000 in athletics, playground and wellness spending
  • $10,000 to a nutrition room to make smoothies
  • $120,000 to buy a food truck for a mobile culinary arts program
  • $200,000 on new playground equipment
  • $93,000 on installing new outdoor tennis courts
  • $500,000 to rip out a pool they admit would only cost $300,000 to repair.

And there will be no consequences for any of this waste, because there never are.

And in the not-at-all distant future, all of these school districts will be back to pleading poverty, despairing that they don’t have the money to “fulfill their mission,” and filing social media with sad teachers lamenting that they have to spend their own money on school supplies.

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  1. DonG (CAGW is a Hoax) Coolidge
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    The more quickly Congress spends money the more wastefully it is spent. 

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  2. Adios Muchacho Inactive
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    Victor Tango Kilo: “Covid Relief” Funds Spent on Tennis Courts and Smoothie Bars

    Color me surprised.

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  3. Barfly Member
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    @Barfly

    Meanwhile, this Russian inflation is getting out of hand. I’m sure there’s no relation to government expenditures.

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  4. kedavis Member
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    Barfly (View Comment):

    Meanwhile, this Russian inflation is getting out of hand. I’m sure there’s no relation to government expenditures.

    The saddest part in my own life is that my next-older brother, who taught elementary school for ~40 years, posts on his FaceBook page that Biden is not responsible for gas prices etc and couldn’t do anything about it even if he tried.

    Because, you know, “supply and demand” is not something he has any influence over….

    As if Biden didn’t close down the Keystone pipeline and restrict domestic PRODUCTION, on DAY ONE.

    Those poor kids….

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  5. John Park Member
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    Given that it was Michigan and Governor Whitless was in charge, I hope all of that spending was essential.

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