I’ve never heard of the gentleman in question, one Don Hurley, but let’s concede that he was a wonderful man and did a lot of good for the underprivileged in Hartford. That still leaves the question: would any of the legislators who approved this expenditure spend their own money on a statue of the man? The fact that there has been, until now, no such monument answers sufficiently – they would not. Would you? Of course not. But in government, it is considered entirely appropriate to take other people’s money and spend it on something they neither want nor need, in order to appease politicians’ friends and supporters.
Such is government spending.