Of government flushing your money, the Obama-outdoes-everyone edition

Back in May I asked:

Do you remember when the media were apoplexed by reports that the Defense Department during the days of Reagan were spending hundreds, hundreds of dollars on porcelain throne lids? USA Today does, or did when former Defense Sec. Caspar Weinberger died.

For those who don’t, yes, there have been times when media were offended by government overspending. Believe it or not!

Today, the government is paying nearly $100,000 for a friggin’ outhouse:

The Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently paid $98,670 for the purchase and installation of an outhouse at the Swede Park Trail Head in Alaska.

The purchase includes a single-vault Romtec 1011 “Aspen Single” prefabricated waterless toilet and its installation at the parking area for the trail head.

It’s not a scandal, however, and nothing about it can be criticized because (a) the president is Barack Obama, (b) the outhouse is environmentally friendly, and (c) government spenders and takers all agree that government spending creates jobs.

Jon Sanders / Research Editor and Senior Fellow, Regulatory Studies

Jon Sanders studies regulatory policy, a veritable kudzu of invasive government and unintended consequences. As director of regulatory studies at the John Locke Foundation, Jo...