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Obama mails cash to random citizens asking them to complete survey on 4 dams

I would like to think I am still shocked at what the Obama administration comes up with, but I have become so jaded frankly nothing shocks me any more. Take this most recent development, received via email from House Natural Resources Chair Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA):

Chairmen Question Obama Admin. on Mailing Out $$$$$$$

$2 bills randomly sent in envelopes as incentive to complete surveys

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Earlier this week, House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) and Water & Power Subcommittee Chairman Tom McClintock (CA-04) sent letters to the Bureau of Reclamation and the Office of Management and Budget requesting information on the use of American tax dollars to pay for a controversial Department of the Interior (DOI) survey on the need to remove four privately owned dams on the Klamath River in Oregon and California.

In 2011, DOI distributed a nationwide survey with the questionable purpose of measuring the societal, non-economic value of removing the four dams. The survey consisted of several waves of mailings, some of which included a two dollar bill used as an incentive to respond and a letter stating that DOI will send an additional $20 if the completed survey is returned before a specific deadline. According to the Federal Register, an estimated 10,400 households were contacted about the survey. In questioning yesterday before the House Water and Power Subcommittee, the Bureau of Reclamation was unable to provide an accounting of how much had been spent on this survey.

“This is as maddening as it is wasteful. The Obama Administration literally mailed cash to random citizens across the country to find out their feelings on tearing down four dams that they’ve likely never heard of. Federal spending is out of control and this type of nonsense needs to stop. Our demand for documents and emails is aimed at finding out exactly how this ever happened,” said Chairman Hastings.

“This so-called survey is yet another example of how out-of-touch this Administration has been on its quest to remove four perfectly good hydroelectric producing dams. Using taxpayer dollars on a slanted survey and the muzzling and eventual firing of its own scientist who disagreed with the Interior Department proves what many have been saying: dam removal is a pre-determined conclusion from this Administration. It simply ignores the destruction of jobs along with the cheapest and cleanest source of electricity on the planet,” said Chairman McClintock.

Click here to read a full copy of the letter to the Bureau of Reclamation.

Click here to read a full copy of the letter to Office of Management and Budget.

Crossposted at Conservative Outlooks

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  1. The key words in this post are the words “privately owned”.
    In order to further little barry’s totalitarian agenda the government needs to own ALL sources of energy so they can best use it as a weapon to bludgeon the citizenry into submission.

    • As a Californian who has watched this crap for years, I’d like to also point out that these dams provide water during California’s long dry summers. A major water supply for the Bay Area *was* the Hetchhetchy reservoir in Yosemite Park which has been drained for dam removal over the last few years. My city has had water rationing since the plan was approved. No more green lawns in this town.

  2. Maddening? Wasteful? Uh, yeah….at least. Where’s my $2 bill? $20? That’s a quarter of a tank of gas. Where’s my quarter of a tank of gas? What’s “maddening” is how congressional types keep making statements about how it’s “maddening”, as if there’s just nothing they can do but whine, because, Obama won, just like he said he did, and if he wins, the Constitution says he gets to send $2 bills to people.

    • If Bush tried to *bribe* private citizens like this can you imagine the firestorm? And that is what this surely is: bribery. I haven’t seen the survey but I am sure it is Leftie skewed. He probably sent these surveys to people in Maine & Florida. And you are right: letters accomplish nada with this administration, after all Salazar is still out on the streets.

    • Ah, Nessa but that is where these people are so smart. I doubt the return address would say “Opuppet” it would probably say “open immediately, $2 bill enclosed with chance to get more” or something like that. He knows at least 1/2 the people in this country hate him and wouldn’t open any mail from him without being tricked.

  3. I did a little calculation here. Assuming all 10,400 got $2, that is $20,800 right there. If say 1/3 got the additional $20, that is $69,333. Add in postage, paper and bureaunuts salaries to do this, we are probably talking about $150,000 minimum.

    Think how many Twinkies that would pay for to give to those deprived children that Meechelle grabbed out of their mouths.

  1. The key words in this post are the words “privately owned”.
    In order to further little barry’s totalitarian agenda the government needs to own ALL sources of energy so they can best use it as a weapon to bludgeon the citizenry into submission.

    • As a Californian who has watched this crap for years, I’d like to also point out that these dams provide water during California’s long dry summers. A major water supply for the Bay Area *was* the Hetchhetchy reservoir in Yosemite Park which has been drained for dam removal over the last few years. My city has had water rationing since the plan was approved. No more green lawns in this town.

  2. Maddening? Wasteful? Uh, yeah….at least. Where’s my $2 bill? $20? That’s a quarter of a tank of gas. Where’s my quarter of a tank of gas? What’s “maddening” is how congressional types keep making statements about how it’s “maddening”, as if there’s just nothing they can do but whine, because, Obama won, just like he said he did, and if he wins, the Constitution says he gets to send $2 bills to people.

    • If Bush tried to *bribe* private citizens like this can you imagine the firestorm? And that is what this surely is: bribery. I haven’t seen the survey but I am sure it is Leftie skewed. He probably sent these surveys to people in Maine & Florida. And you are right: letters accomplish nada with this administration, after all Salazar is still out on the streets.

    • Ah, Nessa but that is where these people are so smart. I doubt the return address would say “Opuppet” it would probably say “open immediately, $2 bill enclosed with chance to get more” or something like that. He knows at least 1/2 the people in this country hate him and wouldn’t open any mail from him without being tricked.

  3. I did a little calculation here. Assuming all 10,400 got $2, that is $20,800 right there. If say 1/3 got the additional $20, that is $69,333. Add in postage, paper and bureaunuts salaries to do this, we are probably talking about $150,000 minimum.

    Think how many Twinkies that would pay for to give to those deprived children that Meechelle grabbed out of their mouths.

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