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Government-Run SC Military Park Gets Another $2 Million

ONCE AGAIN … IS THIS SOMETHING TAXPAYERS SHOULD BE SUBSIDIZING? A money-losing, quasi-government agency that runs a military museum in Charleston, S.C. was awarded $2 million this week from the secretive “other funds” section of the South Carolina state budget. The “Patriots Point Redevelopment Authority” – which already received $8.5…

ONCE AGAIN … IS THIS SOMETHING TAXPAYERS SHOULD BE SUBSIDIZING?

A money-losing, quasi-government agency that runs a military museum in Charleston, S.C. was awarded $2 million this week from the secretive “other funds” section of the South Carolina state budget.

The “Patriots Point Redevelopment Authority” – which already received $8.5 million from taxpayers in the current (FY 2012-13) state budget – says it needed this latest infusion of funds to pay for salary increases and other unspecified expenses. The money was approved by a vote of the S.C. “Joint Other Funds Oversight Committee,” which is comprised exclusively of South Carolina lawmakers.

Patriots Point – which recently received a $9.2 million taxpayer-guaranteed bailout it has been unable to repay – is under tremendous financial strain. It’s also under pressure from the U.S. Navy to make repairs to its signature exhibit – the U.S.S. Yorktown. Those repairs could cost upwards of $100 million, money that South Carolina taxpayers do not have to spend.

More to the point, South Carolina lawmakers have no business forcing taxpayers to subsidize a military museum – or any museum, for that matter. Running museums ought to be the exclusive purview of the private sector, as we’ve said on repeated occasions.

Accordingly, we call on the S.C. General Assembly and Gov. Nikki Haley to zero out funding for this totally unnecessary expense in the coming year’s budget – and to place $10.5 million into a newly created “taxpayer rebate fund.”

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15 comments

BigT January 4, 2013 at 11:54 am

Yet Chris Christie Got his @$$ reamed out w/o getting paid for Hurricane Sandy after that F%^&in Idiot Whored himself…

I LOVE It…I hope Conservatives (people who respect the military) Get FAT, while the Dumb@$$#$ in those LEFTWING states eat $#!*…LMAO…

Way to go Congress…Good job…

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Thinker January 4, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Shut up you blabbering moron. I hate to be so rude, but learn the English language. Do you really believe the hate you spew?

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south mauldin January 4, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Thinker,

Why doesn’t T use actual curse words instead of telling me to eat $#!? Will Mommy take his computer away?

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Smirks January 4, 2013 at 12:50 pm

That bastard Christie, actually giving a shit about people who aren’t millionaire donors! Those natural disaster victims need to stay out on the cold streets starving a little longer so the GOP can focus on more important matters, such as trying yet again to repeal Obamacare.

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Thinker January 4, 2013 at 12:01 pm

It is actually one of the few things in this state we have to be proud of. Our military heritage has been a guiding light for many generations, why would we not want this? I find it distasteful that you guys object to this. We have so few things to be proud of – we can’t even secure our records.

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BigT January 4, 2013 at 12:34 pm

STFU: Idiots like you Turn people against the military….

The LAST thing we need is a Dumb@$$ Liberal getting on board…that makes us not want it…

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Smirks January 4, 2013 at 12:59 pm

why would we not want this?

$100 million in repairs is pretty excessive, and that is just repairs currently needed. This is an expensive as hell museum to upkeep. I’ve been in the Yorktown, it is an impressive thing to tour and definitely worth going to, but is there a better way to keep it around without having to spend so much money on it?

The Yorktown really doesn’t draw in a lot of funds on its own, either, so it is something the taxpayers have to feed to keep it around.

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Moofy January 4, 2013 at 12:07 pm

re: “says it needed this latest infusion of funds to pay for salary increases and other unspecified expenses? …………

Can those at FITs inform us what these salaries are?
It could be that someone is soon retiring and needs a boost in salary in order to receive a much larger pension.

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Kirby January 4, 2013 at 12:40 pm

Couldn’t the one hundred million dollars(or whatever exhorbident sum) SC has spent on the Hunley been better spent on roads and other infrastructure?

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BigT January 4, 2013 at 1:05 pm

As long as SC gets it. We REJECTED Obama…

But I’ll still TAKE what I’ve paid to him, and then some…it keeps the Leftwing idiots in the failed states from getting it…

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Guero January 4, 2013 at 9:57 pm

Tell us when and where you served, ChickenHawk. Bawk Bawk….

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Booyah January 5, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Cut Yorktown up, save some interesting parts, then concentrate on the smaller, affordable ships instead.

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BradWarthenSucks January 5, 2013 at 9:30 pm

When did they get a Hornet?

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Arm Yourselves January 6, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Arm yourselves.

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bill January 6, 2013 at 6:50 pm

Treasurer Converse Chellis came up with this stunt to loan them money. He was told it was a bad idea but he wanted the military vote.
Idiot politicians leave a trail of crap that is around for a long time after the losers are gone.

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