RANT: Taxpayer Funds Ted Kennedy Shrine


Taxpayer Funds Flow Into Ted Kennedy Shrine
Monday, 30 Mar 2015 07:16 AM
By John Fund
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The titans of American liberalism will gather in Boston today to dedicate a shrine to the late Ted Kennedy, who died in 2009. 

President Obama, Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry and Sen. Elizabeth Warren will all gather to praise the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. Much will be said about Kennedy’s 46-year record in the U.S. Senate, nothing about various scandals that ranged from Chappaquiddick to his attempts to have the Soviets intervene in the 1984 presidential election against Ronald Reagan. 

Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr points out that the Insititute “was supposed to be paid for exclusively with private donations.” But it should come as no surprise that the gorgeous 40,000-square-foot building that will house Kennedy’s papers and memorabilia as well as a recreation of his personal office and the Senate chamber was financed with a generous $38 million congressional earmark. The state of Massachusetts chipped in with another $5 million for education “infrastructure.”

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And, what, if as a taxpayer, I don’t think that Ted Kennedy is “en-shrinable”?

Why do I have to pay for it?

It’s immoral, ineffective, and inefficient to rob me a penny to pay for stuff that is anathema to my beliefs.


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