Did you ever wonder how all that stimulus money way spent, that saved America by taxing and spending our way out of a recession? Well some of it was spent on planting trees. Not in places where trees are particularly scarce, nor in places that have been deforested, and actually not even in places where people can’t afford trees. But it is all about being shovel ready, which is why government workers with shovels went around wealthy neighborhoods in Colorado to offer the home owners free trees (things magically become free when tax money, stolen from producers and future generations, is used to buy something). The Daily Caller Reports that at least $600,000 in stimulus funds were used in Denver Colorado to plant 4,000 trees on private property. Here’s the reaction of one of the homeowners:
“This fella said, ‘How would you like to have a tree in your yard?’” said John Backlund, the resident of an upscale Denver neighborhood who lives in a house worth over $700,000.
“Too good of a deal to say no to,” he continued. “I was happy to get the free tree.”
In addition Georgia spent about $900,000 stimulus dollars on tree planting, Florida spent about $1.5 million to plant more trees in cities, and almost half a million dollars in stimulus funds were spent by Nevada planting trees, and teaching people how to care for trees. For a short time these programs did provide some jobs. But if you are familiar with economics, you know these tree planting jobs came at the expense of job losses in the private sector. In case you were wondering I am actually pro-tree, but I think the people who want the tree should pay for it. But I suppose the silver lining is that our unborn grandchildren who will pay for these trees (and all the other debt we racked up) will probably get to enjoy the shade that they give.