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The Conservative Underground – Day 34

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Wasted Money for Wasted Effort

Today, I gotta just go off on the new Capitol Visitor’s Center (CVC). It’s an utter disgrace, but not at all suprising. Essentially, it’s acutely indicative of all that is wrong in Washington, today.

Right out of the barrel, the project management team should all be fired and sent to jail for gross negligent mismanagement. When the CVC was pitched in the ’90’s, it had an original project cost of $71 million. After cost overruns, gross waste, and boondoggling ballooning, the final project cost was $621 million – yes, nearly TEN TIMES the cost!  The project also came in three years behind schedule. So, from a Project Management point of view, the project was over-budget, behind schedule, and, as we’ll see here, not within good quality standard. In short, it’s another governmental project failure.

They hid one mistake. James DeMint (R-SC) came through on a preview tour only to find that some dunderhead identified, “E Pluribus Unum” as the national motto, rather than “In God We Trust”. You would think with all the money spent, they could have hired a 7th grade US History teacher to correct them on their “oversight”. The reference that it was the motto was subsequently plastered over temporarily, even though the column would cost $170,000 to replace.

Additionally, many references to the religious and faith heritage that our Founders UNQUESTIONABLY held were omitted from the displays. As visitors enter, they see the words, “We have built no temple but the Capitol. We consult no common oracle but the Constitution”. Of course, this may be true now, since the left-leaning Congress and anti-faith hack groups like the ACLU have made it a point to help Americans to forget that George Washington said these and other words, which acknowledge that the Founders did their work as God-fearing, reverent men:

‘…[I]t would be peculiarly improper to omit in this first official Act, my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being who rules over the Universe, who presides in the Councils of Nations, and whose providential aids can supply every human defect, that his benediction may consecrate to the liberties and happiness of the People of the United States, a Government instituted by themselves for these essential purposes: and may enable every instrument employed in its administration to execute with success, the functions allotted to his charge.’

And yet, historians want us to forget that this nation was founded under a fundamental principle of freedom to worship our Lord.  

You did know that the words, “LAOS DEO” are inscribed at the very top of the Washington Monument and emblazoned over most every single monument in Washington. Bible verses on the Liberty Bell, the Ten Commandments on the Supreme Court doors. Did you know the very first thing that 1st Congress did was go across the street – to church…for TWO HOURS, to worship the Almighty Creator and celebrate their new country.

We used to consult God as our Oracle. I guess Congress feels that the Constitution (which they don’t consult, really) is more authoritative than God Almighty. But with the high-and-mighty pogues in office now, I wouldn’t be suprised if Nancy Pelosi wants God’s job. After all, she’s doing so well running the House with her big 18% job approval rating.

Finally, Hopeless and Hapless Dingy Harry Reid made the point that the Visitor’s Center would be a good thing because, “In the summer because of the heat and high humidity, you could literally smell the tourists coming into the Capitol. It may be descriptive but it’s true.”.  Harry is put off by all the stinky tourists coming in, so he’s walled them off so their stench won’t reach his sanctimonious, self-righteous nose.

So, to sum up, let’s see, Congress made an extravagant doormat, absent of references America’s Faith Heritage, woven with wasted taxpayer dollars, just so Harry Reid won’t have to smell you if you start sweating in the summer heat and drop by the Capitol for a visit.

Hope you enjoy it!

(and we really want these clowns running health-care, the housing and auto industries, and telling talk radio stations to balance it out because it’s not fair?) Puuuleeeeze….

-R

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Written by The Rabid Conservative

December 8, 2008 at 11:51 am

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