You might have heard Republicans accuse Democrats of wasteful government spending. But you may have wondered what that really means. Here is what we’re talking about.
When a private business builds something, it goes out of its way to manage its costs. So that, the final product is quality, but didn’t cost an arm and a leg. That’s because a private business needs to keep costs down, to make a profit.
But local government doesn’t care about any of that. They have a virtually limitless budget, since they get their money by taxing you. And incompetent government employees (who never worked a real job a day in their life) have no idea what things actually cost–or how to get anything done.
The end result? Projects that should be simple, efficient, and effective aren’t even close. Case in point: the San Francisco toilet that will cost over one million dollars.
Local officials were set to gather on Wednesday in San Francisco’s Noe Valley Town Square to celebrate their latest win: a single public toilet that will cost as much as $1.7 million to build and won’t be completed until 2025.
But the celebration was canceled after a San Francisco Chronicle columnist highlighted the “mind-boggling” and “maddening” details of the project.
California Assemblyman Matt Haney told the newspaper that he now considers the price tag “inexplicable.”
“When Rec and Park first told us the number, it sounded shockingly high to me,” Haney told the San Francisco Chronicle.
“I’m glad that Noe Valley will at some point get a bathroom, but it shouldn’t cost this much, and it shouldn’t take this long, and I’m angry about it. … It’s not something I want to celebrate right now.” [Source: Fox News]
Seriously? These mo-fos were celebrating this exercise in corruption, until a local newspaper blew the whistle. They were actually happy a single toilet would cost over a million and three years to build.
Now, they are suddenly outraged that the project, they approved, is going to rob taxpayers blind.
Some of the officials tried to make excuses, claiming that permitting, zoning, and other factors lead to the high price tag. Bull. Companies around the world know how to build bathrooms on a fraction of that budget.
Just go look up how much toilets cost at Home Depot. Are they even close to one million? Even the fanciest aren’t even that expensive (and I promise you, the toilet they were going to use wasn’t fancy).
This is yet another example of how corrupt, incompetent government officials waste time and money–expecting nobody to say anything.
And this is how Democrats do everything–across the country. They burn through our tax dollars, waste our time, only to get nothing done. And they have the audacity to brag, as if they are geniuses.
Author: Jim Stone