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Are we going to be the kind of Americans who can build this dog park?
This undated photo provided by the Colorado Department of Transportation shows a Denver-area sign. Colorado highway authorities say they'll continue requiring highway bids using federal stimulus money to include these signs. That's despite complaints from Republicans that the "Putting America To Work" signs are simply promotions for the spending plan. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the Colorado Department of Transportation)

Are we going to be the kind of Americans who can build this dog park?

You may have seen MSNBC's new "Lean Forward" advertising campaign featuring host Rachel Maddow using the Hoover Dam to exemplify projects of "national significance" that benefit us all. If not, here it is:

Delivering a one-two punch, conservative pundit Mary Katharine Ham uses Maddow's same sentiment to wonder why a small dog park in an affluent northwest D.C. neighborhood is also a national project, supported by taxpayers:

Don't be fooled, America. This is no ordinary dog park -- it's state-of-the-art! The installed astroturf and sloped landscape are specifically designed to whisk away stagnant dog urine so the neighborhood doesn't get too smelly.

Money well spent, obviously.

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