How much waste is too much?
The latest word out of Washington, D.C., is that the Capitol Visitor Center should be ready for visitors in November, after an expenditure of about $621 million. You should believe it when you see it. You see, the 580,000-square-foot facility originally was supposed to open in January 2005, and it was supposed to cost $265 million. As with most everything else the government touches, the project went to hell in a handbasket. But Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Florida Democrat, is now on the case. "We can't grow complacent, even with construction nearly complete," said Wasserman in an Associated Press story. "Anything later than a November 2008 opening or more than a $621 million price tag isn't going to cut it." Well, it's good to see that after the cost of the project more than doubled and the opening date has been delayed by nearly four years, Schultz is assuming a watchdog role. Glad she's looking out for us taxpayers now that the project's nearly done.