$140,000 Light Fixtures in House Cafeteria
The Architect of the Capitol was bragging to the American people about $140,000 that was wasted at our expense. This spendthrift was also bragging about automatic window shades and motion sensors. The expense made sense to him because it will only take about 10 years to pay for themselves.
Who took the effort to analyze the lights to determine how to save money on lighting in that public facility? Keep in mind that it’s a Public Facility, which means we own it they don’t. The lights that were there before the spendthrifts wasted more of our money were functional and cost only one tenth more per month to use than what this $140,000 financial blunder will cost us.
Think of what happened that will highlight how this $140,000 blunder actually is costing us a lot more than the total in the headline. There’s someone, and that someone almost certainly doesn’t work by himself, so that means an office filled with someone’s, who look for ways to “improve” “misspend” “waste” or “piss away” the public piggy bank. That team, and only God knows how big that team is, gets paid eight hours a day and on the government payroll that means we get about 4 hours of work from each of them per day. They look for possible savings to help out with the budget.
One of those geniuses looked at the lights in the House Cafeteria, and thought to himself “Those lights cost money to run, I know of marginally effective energy efficient lights and other technology that could, after an expensive installation process just might provide a marginal cost savings over a very long time. I think I’ll propose this to my Boss.” At this point all is well. Geniuses at this level should proposed ideas that may or may not make sense.
The problem started to happen when the geniuses’ Boss got involved. First the Boss failed to cut his staff, because we’re in such a deep financial hole whoever is looking to save money doesn’t need as many people as is assigned to that staff. If you were really paying attention you would remember that I mentioned earlier that the genius probably doesn’t work alone so I don’t know how many people report to this particular Boss. It doesn’t matter how many people report to the Boss, it’s too many and some need to be cut. Savings are available by reducing overhead. In the private sector overhead always provided opportunities to reduce headcount and save money, in government the opportunity is always greater.
The next big mistake was when the Boss looked at this idea and told the genius “that makes sense let’s do it.” I’m a well fed middle aged male and if you look around you right now you’ll see 3 or 4 people sitting near you that are smarter than I am. If this situation screams to me that a 10 year pay back on a marginally effective cost savings doesn’t make sense when you’re broke, why didn’t this decision maker know it. This expenditure only makes sense if there is a profit in it some where. That decision is about as smart as me emailing a supermodel to offer her a job as my new topless housekeeper, I could do it, but she might not think it’s a good career move for her.
The decision maker should look at the proposal understand his situation and tell the genius, “We don’t have the funds at this time to install this technology.” Or he could have responded like the supermodel responded to my email “Get lost you loser, are you friggen crazy?” Either response is what the Boss should have used. But somehow they got all of the approvals and pissed $140,000 down the drain.
Are they trying to suck up to the Green Movement by installing allegedly Green technology with money we don’t have? Are they trying to help stop the sky from falling because the former vice president says they sky is falling? Are they trying to pad the union’s payrolls by creating union jobs with money that we don’t have?
We need to have some more visibility into who makes decisions on spending the public piggy bank. If they have to discuss more and innovative ways to screw us, I’m sorry, I mean tax us, why do they find bigger and dumber ways to piss away; I mean invest our tax dollars.
I already admitted that I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed, but doesn’t a deficit mean we’re spending money that we don’t have? On a smaller scale doesn’t that sound like a family who has trouble putting food on their table? If they can’t put food on their table, should they install some solar panels to reduce the monthly electric bill? Spend $25,000 today, money they don’t have, to save $75 a month on their electric bill? I would give the decision maker in that family a big time out. Make that genius sit in the corner of the world with a bunch of other dummies and let them discuss who was dumb, dumber, and dumbest.
We’re broke, decision makers MUST start to accept that and stop spending any money that doesn’t need to be spent. Any elected empty suit who reads about the $140,000 spent on a Green technology and doesn’t see how they should be outraged, needs to get thrown out of office. Some one held a news conference and expected someone to slap them on the back and say “Good Job”. Why aren’t our elected empty suits screaming and holding investigations to determine who authorized this obvious waste of money. They couldn’t wait to hold hearings to torment corporate leaders for following the law when they felt they were being irresponsible.
This headline screams of waste and poor decision making on the part of a public employee. Investigate it and stop it. Stop It NOW.
Vote the Bums Out,