Bureaucrats always find a way to spend more of our money.
Take the clean up that followed the 41-day occupation of a few closed buildings at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, where a group protested the five-year prison sentences handed to two ranchers for letting a backfire get away and burn a couple of acres of public land.
The feds estimate the cost will be $6 million. Approximately $2 million of that was spent to move the refuge’s 17 employees out of town — for safety sake, they say — and put them up in hotels for weeks, instead of letting them go home.
The rest, a spokesman said, is for repairs and cleaning and “upgrades to make the refuge the bright star in the national constellation of refuges.” Upgrades?
What upgrades and at what expense? Of course, the story never says.