recovery.govs budget FAIL

Just the other day I was surfing the status updates and links on facebook when I came across an interesting article.  A fellow class mate of mine from high school posted a story how Obama is redesiging the website Recovery.Gov.  At a first glance I was a little excited for this due to the fact that currently it is more confusing than a blind person trying to put together a 10,000 piece jig saw puzzle.

For those of you who do not know what the recovery.gov site is let me explain.  One of President Obamas big promises while campaigning to become president was to let the American people know where their tax dollars were going to be spent.  We could all go online to the website and see up to the day information where our tax money was going, and how it was being spent to help us get out of the recession we are experiencing.

Upon further review of the article, I got very frustrated.  President Obama is spending 18 million dollars to rebuild this site.  Eighteen million dollars to the government is like $180.00 to you or me.  Granted this is a small amount compared to our ever increasing debt yet it is still a significant number.  Eighteen million dollars sounds like a lot of money, but with the web and big sites you never know how much things cost to fix.  Technology is confusing that way.

Luckily, I have a very good friend who deals with big companies, websites, protocols, and values.  The company he works for deals with the biggest names out there.  Due to anonymity I will not disclose the company or the clients they have but if you were to watch television I could guarantee that you would probably see on average two of his clients commercials every commercial break.  He deals with big names and even bigger companies.

All that credibility aside I asked him how much it would cost for a company like a Nike, Adidas, Apple, or Coke to completely rebuild their site.  He referenced one of his clients that his team just rebuilt a site for and it came out to half a million dollars.  High end of things we would be looking at around a million dollars.

I then asked if eighteen million was a bogus number.  He laughed at me as though I were joking and said it was an extremely bogus number unless your name was Mark Zukerberg (creator of Facebook).  Social networks could come close to that number but chances are still not 18 mil.

With all of this information, I am very curious to see how the new recover.gov turns out.  Why spend 17.5 million more than you need to?  This is the problem with the government.  There are so many small things that they overspend on it adds up and continues to build upon this recession.  Is this site going to have the capabilities of facebook, myspace, twitter, and wordpress all wrapped into one?  What could you possibly build for 18 million dollars? A bigger recession?

For all of you lefties, I am not putting the recession blame on Obama because it has been years and years in the making.  Starting with Clinton for pushing Freddie Mack and Fannie Mae to give out home loans to anyone and everyone even if they were nor qualified.  It did then jump to George Bush and the eight expensive years overseas, now leading to President Obama and all the barrels of pork he is passing.  No one particular side is solely to blame.  It has been a collective effort.  I just wish they knew how to manage a budget and not waste money.

ECON 101…….Why pay $180.00 for a widget when you could pay five dollars for the very same widget?  That is the correlation to how much our government is overpaying on this widget.  Quite ridiculous.

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