While the National Park Service focused on shuttering war memorials to keep our nation’s heroes out, little coverage was given nationally to what has become the “butt” of many jokes (excuse the pun). At the Manassas National Battlefield Park, in Virginia, the National Park Service spent $578,000.00 to install a new comfort station, also know as a restroom, toilet, commode or outhouse.
For $578,000.00 one would believe that this comfort station should be likened to Taj Mahal of all public restroom facilities…right? In South Georgia you could build a really nice mansion for $578,000.00, not just a toilet.
So what did the taxpayers of America receive for the total investment of $578,000.00? We received an engineering mediocre marvel. A two-piece modular outhouse hauled in on two semis and erected together with a few nuts and bolts to hold the two pieces together. In reality the taxpayers of the United States purchased a mobile toilet.
Now here’s the real kicker to this story. Once this idea was approved by government agencies the mobile toilet was to be in place for the 150th anniversary of the Second Battle of Bull Run to be celebrated in August 2012. When was the restroom opened to the public? September 2013, only missing the mark by 13 months. This is just another example of how reckless our government has become. Only in Washington can you get by with spending $578,000.00 on a mobile outhouse that is 13 months behind schedule. Some things truly stink (excuse the pun again)!