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Washington Hires the Most Expensive Gardener Known to Man

Friday April 13th, 2012   •   Posted by Stephanie Freedman at 10:57am PDT   •  

CNS News reports:

The government spent at least $205,075 in 2010 to “translocate” a single bush in San Francisco that stood in the path of a $1.045 billion highway-renovation project that was partially funded by the economic stimulus legislation President Barack Obama signed in 2009.

It must be easy to spend this kind of money at such frivolous rates when it isn’t yours to begin with. Here are a few of the breakdown expenses for bill:

The $100,000 to pay for the “hard removal,” the $79,470 to pay for the “establishment, nurturing and monitoring” of the plant for a decade after its “hard removal,” and the $25,605 to cover the “reporting requirements” for the decade after the “hard removal,” equaled a total cost of $205,075 for “translocating” this manzanita bush.

Almost $80,000 for plant nurturing??? The problem with Washington is the government “machine” doesn’t have a bottom line. At the end of the day Uncle Sam ensures that they continue receiving the funding they “need” whether they deserve it or not. The government is the one institution where frivolous and irresponsible spending is tolerated and in some cases seemingly applauded as seen in the recent example with the GSA.

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Featured Image:
Michael Chasse/National Park Service

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April 2012