WASHINGTON, D.C. – The federal government is spending nearly $200 million just to replace all of the grass on its front lawn, even as families continue to tighten their belts and cities and towns across the country make painful budget cuts.
Yes, you read that right. Part of President Obama’s stimulus bill, the project is tearing up the old grass on the National Mall that goes from the Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial at a cost of nearly $177 million per mile. So far, the mall is torn up, littered with equipment, fenced in and mostly off-limits to the 30 million Americans who visit it each year. The project is part of a $700 million plan to refurbish landscapes, fountains and monuments in the heart of the capital. And yet, there is a $4 billion backlog for repairs at America’s other national parks.