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Let's Cut Some Spending: $3.6 million for Michelle Obama walking trail

Remember the absolutely critical Omnibus spending bill Congress muscled through at the end of last year? It was 4,000 pages that no one read and cost taxpayers $1.7 trillion.

In our Let's Cut Some Spending series, ForAmerica will chronicle parts of the 2021 and 2022 spending bills from a variety of sources that you probably don't know about - programs, grants and spending of all kinds that should have never happened in the first place and many that are still happening.

Today’s offering: $3.6 million for Michelle Obama walking trail!

Real Clear Investigations reports:

As part of the $1.7 trillion omnibus spending bill passed in December, Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA) earmarked $3.6 million to extend the Michelle Obama Trail outside of Atlanta.
The hiking trail was constructed in 2018, and originally spanned 3.8 miles, connecting Georgia State University’s Clarkston campus to Gresham Park, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. It was extended another 2.2 miles in 2021.
The federal funds will go toward another extension: 4.5 miles that will connect Waldrop Road to Martin Luther King Jr. High School. Eventually, the county hopes the trail will connect with the proposed Michelle Obama Park, and join a network of nearly 22 miles of trails as part of the local PATH project.

Congressman Dan Bishop is right: We can't get our border under control and yet can find $3.6 million for a Michelle Obama walking trail?!?

It is customary to honor former presidents and even first ladies. Nothing unusual about that.

But the priorities... should federal tax dollars even be going to such tributes? That's debatable.

Should $3.6 million go toward honoring a former first lady before we secure our borders?

That shouldn't even be a question.


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