Your government at work: only in America

Chinese drywall cleaned up with taxpayer dollars financed by…China of course.

By Chris Ingram

I just read in the newspaper that the Hillsborough County Commission (Tampa, Fla.) is considering making federal “community block grant” money available to local homeowners who have Chinese drywall. If you’re not familiar with Chinese drywall it’s drywall that was made in China (probably in a forced prison-labor camp) that emits a sulfuric (think poop) like smell and causes corrosion in copper pipes and other metals in the home.

So now, our government in its infinite wisdom is going to give you federal dollars financed with money loaned to us by the Chinese to clean-up a mess made by…the Chinese! Only in America. Is it any wonder why our country is in the toilet?

If the Hillsborough County Commission has even an ounce of leadership on its seven-member board it will tell the Feds to take their block money and put it where the sun don’t shine. These types of hand-outs benefit only a few and add to the ballooning federal debt our children are being saddled with. It is currently $12,308,476,032,912.33 — that’s over $40,000 in debt for every man, woman, and child legally living in the United States right now.

Accepting this type of “pork” simply because it is there (which it really is not since we don’t have the money) is a lame excuse. If more local leaders told Washington “enough is enough” maybe the clowns in Congress would get the message: stop buying votes at the expense of our children’s futures.

And since when is that stinky smell in your house the government’s responsibility to get cleaned up? You bought it. You clean it up. You tell China thanks, but no thanks, we’re not buying your products anymore. 

Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, Front Page Florida, and National Review online. E-mail him at:

5 thoughts on “Your government at work: only in America”

  1. It’s Money. If it’s Money your representive’s in govenment has to be spend it no matter who it enslaves. After All that’s why you elected them, Right? to spend your money, your children’s money, your grandchildren’s money? Come August think about who you want to spend your money?


  2. Chris — thank you for bringing this up. It is an outrage!! Community Development Block Grant funds are SUPPOSED to be used to help needy Americans — individuals and poor areas of town — not to let Chinese manufacturers off the hook for toxic waste that they sold to builders. The people who import and use this material should pay, or collect from their Chinese suppliers — it is UNBELIEVABLE to me that no one noticed a funny smell with this drywall until it was placed in homes? It sits in trucks and warehouses for quite a while before it is installed…. Let the guilty pay — not the American Taxpayer.


  3. Reply to Lisa:

    Supposedly the $ for removing Chinese drywall would only be available to low income households (and there are some other criteria). But it’s still a pork-laden boondoggle of a ridiculous govt. program mortgaged on the backs of our children.


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