But Virginia's 6th District congressman just can't seem to accept government waste on a massive scale without someone taking a few minutes to explain it to him:
Goodlatte wants probe of building renovationsLeft out of this otherwise informative report is this:
By Laurence Hammack, Roanoke Times
U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte is calling for a federal investigation into the $51 million in stimulus funds to renovate the Poff Federal Building in downtown Roanoke.
Goodlatte, R-Roanoke County, has called the project "a waste of taxpayer dollars."
In letters sent Thursday, Goodlatte requested an investigation by the inspector general of the U.S. General Services Administration, the agency in charge of the project. He also sought a separate inquiry by the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress.
Goodlatte said he has been trying in vain since last year to get details from the GSA about whether the renovations are really worth spending more than four times the $12 million it cost to construct the building in the 1970s.
In response to questions from The Roanoke Times, the GSA has defended the project as a "hallmark in taxpayer savings through higher performing, greener improvements."
Work on the building -- scheduled to begin in the spring and expected to take three years -- will include replacing the all-glass north and south sides of the 14-story structure to make it more energy efficient. Other improvements will include renovating restrooms to promote water conservation, replacing the heating and cooling system, building a new roof and installing solar panels. [link]
The government offices that are being renovated to the tune of $51,000,000 - thank God it's only taxpayer income - are soon to be abandoned by the government. "The Veterans Administration -- which occupies about half of the building -- plans to relocate."
You might wonder, by the way, where Virginia's other elected representatives stand on this kind of government waste. Well, you know those road signs that Obama has spent millions (of taxpayer income dollars) to produce that don't stimulate anything other than criticism from an America that is no mood for government self-congratulation at a time when millions (of taxpayers) are hurting?
voted in favor of slapping more of them out there on the nation's highways (at additional taxpayer expense) (purpose unknown).
As to the waste of taxpayer dollars? No questions asked.
Get with the program, Bob. It's not your money. Let it go.