Wednesday, September 10, 2008

And You Want THESE Guys to Run Health Care?

We've seen the future and it's .....

Here's the story.

Retired Glenwood Springs car dealer John Haines’ hope of donating a giant chunk of snow -white marble to the federal government to replace the cracked Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery is stalled again.

...Haines’ donation creates problems for the federal government because it is free and has not gone through a pricey bidding and specification process

...This week’s report — the latest in a string of tomb reports done since Arlington officials decided the marble needed replacing 18 years ago — estimates the cost of replacing the tomb’s marble at $2.2 million — $80,000 of that for seeking bids, $90,000 for buying and transporting the marble and the remainder for sculpting.

Haines made the final payment for his $31,000 piece of marble last week. He also has lined up donated transport for the rock on a flag-decorated flatbed truck.

…Haines’ marble isn’t just any marble. It was cut from the same Yule Quarry where the original gold-veined marble for the Tomb of the Unknowns was mined nearly 80 years ago. The marble on the outside of the Lincoln Memorial also came from that quarry. The tomb replacement piece was cut after a nearly five-year search for an unflawed piece that would look like the original.

"It’s not doable. A citizen can’t just give us any piece of marble and say, ‘This is what we’ll use to replace the tomb,’ " said Thurman Higginbotham, deputy superintendent of Arlington

Nothing like Our Gummint, folks.


HT: The Agitator

1 comment:

HeatherRadish said...

The only way it would be sadder would be if he submitted a bid of $0 and lost.