Thursday, March 13, 2008

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.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

$621 million? Can you play football in it?

March 13, 2008 at 2:05 PM  
Blogger PRIguy said...

Sorry, football. Perhaps Wasserman can form a committee to get corporate sponsorship for the project, rename it something like UPS Capitol Visitor Center and Sports Complex, or the
UPSCVCSC, and maybe then we can see some football there!

Thank God someone's looking out for the taxpayers, though.

March 14, 2008 at 7:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You wanna see how the government wastes money and sets things upfor the rich to get richer at the expense of the public? Read "Free Lunch" by David Cay Johnston. I guaran-damn-tee that you will be more angry than you've been in a long time.

March 14, 2008 at 2:48 PM  

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