In my Waste Watch column this week, I expose the cost of the First Ladies National Historic Site to taxpayers.
The museum is located in Canton, OH, as a result of pork-barrel politics. Worse, the museum was created, and is now run, by the wife of former Congressmen Ralph Regula (R-Ohio), the person responsible for the project’s federal funding.
The museum is based around the home of Ida Saxton McKinley, perhaps the least distinguished first lady in American history. Epilepsy left Ida an invalid most of her life. At formal dinners, she always sat next to her husband, President William McKinley. That allowed him to quickly toss a napkin over her head to conceal the temporary facial distortions that accompanied her frequent seizures. (That’s one of my all-time favorite presidential facts.)
While taxpayers spent $1,021,000 to bankroll the federal government’s glorification of former president’s wives in 2011, only 8,254 people visited the complex.
In other words, taxpayers paid $124 in subsidies to the First Ladies National Historic Site for every single man, woman and child who walked through the door last year.
Check out the full article here.