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Green Beans


FITSNews – April 13, 2007 – You know, when we were making up our list of the most critical funding needs facing the State of South Carolina right now we gotta be honest, a friggin’ national green bean museum wasn’t even in the top like, gazillion. Of course, that didn’t stop the South Carolina Senate from spending $950,000 of your tax dollars on this vegetable-based pork. According to the good folks at Discover South Carolina, the bean museum:

“Offers exhibits and displays depicting early farm life in the Pee Dee area. The site includes a syrup mill, a pole tobacco barn and a barnyard setting with animals.”

Wow. A barnyard setting with animals. How rustic. And what better way to put our state on the global economic development map than doling out political pork for a piggie petting zoo in Lake City, S.C.

Seriously, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Hugh Leatherman could have spent $950,000 on a museum honoring his own ass and it would probably end up generating more revenue for our state than this thing. Heck, nobody likes ordering green beans, let alone pulling off the damn Interstate to visit a museum honoring them. Of course, the Senate Finance Committee budget also included $3.9 million for a “Florence museum,” so the whole Leatherman honoring his own ass thing actually wasn’t too far from the truth.