Rep. Steve LaTourette Rips Ted Strickland’s “Cash for Incompetence”
U.S. Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-OH) is renewing his call that Gov. Ted Strickland form an independent, bipartisan oversight board to monitor federal stimulus spending after a TV report that state officials used stimulus money for the “Cash for Appliances” rebate program to hire a Texas company that outsourced call center duties/jobs to Central America.
LaTourette and several other House Republicans, including Leader John Boehner (R-OH), wrote Strickland in March, 2009 and November, 2009, urging the creation of the stimulus oversight board.
Strickland told them an oversight board wasn’t necessary and that he favored a Deputy Inspector General.
LaTourette said he can’t believe stimulus funds intended to spur hiring in Ohio were used to hire a Texas company that outsourced the work to another country.
“This just reinforces the need to have better oversight over the stimulus funds,” LaTourette said.
According to LaTourette, there was a televised report by WCMH-TV, the NBC affiliate in Columbus, where an Ohio state official defended the hiring of Texas-based Parago, Inc., since it had experience with rebate programs, but acknowledged she didn’t know the Texas company would outsource the work.
The WCMH report said the state signed a contract worth about $500,000 with Parago to run Ohio’s appliance rebate plan because it had experience with rebate programs, according to LaTourette.
“It’s no wonder only 6 percent of Americans believe that the Stimulus Bill created any jobs. To be fair, it does look like Governor Strickland used the funds to create some jobs — in Central America,” LaTourette said.
“To suggest an Ohio company couldn’t be trusted to run the appliance rebate program is insulting, and paying a Texas company nearly half a million dollars to use a call center in Central America is astounding. This is not ‘Cash for Appliances,’ it’s ‘Cash for Incompetence.’”
By definition these programs don’t create jobs… they simply take from one part of the economy and redistribute money in less productive and inefficient ways, after endless layers of bureaucracy are paid for
Instead of job creation, this is about President Obama and Gov. Ted Strickland wanting to control your life and tell you what sort of fridge to buy… while making it more expensive for the working class to buy second-hand fridges by literally destroying them.
LaTourette is right to cause a big stink about this… but I’m not sure what an oversight board would do. The goal of Republicans should be to kill such absurd programs entirely.
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