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April 29, 2011

Bankrupt Detroit Wastes $1,112.50 Apiece on Library Trash Cans

Posted by Dave Blount at April 29, 2011 9:04 AM

What could be more absurd than the bankrupt socialist government of Detroit blowing $1,092 apiece on library chairs? How about $1,112.50 apiece on library trash receptacles:

The $2.3 million remodel of the South Wing of the Main Library opened to the public Tuesday, and documents obtained this week by The Detroit News show it includes eight stainless-steel trash cans that cost taxpayers about $8,900.

Meanwhile, Detroit libraries are facing an $11 million shortfall. In addition to laying off workers, bureauweenies may close 18 of 23 neighborhood branches. But at least the South Wing branch has stylish wastebaskets for derelicts there to view porn to barf their Thunderbird into.

Needless to say, any private company run this incompetently would quickly go out of business (unless it had corrupt friends in Washington to hand it a bailout). But public entities are run by bureaucrumbs, who consider "profit" a dirty word. The more inept they are, the more money goes into the trash, the more they can proclaim a need for still more extravagant coercive funding.

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What Detroit libraries soon end up looking like.

On a tip from /not my real name.