When All Else Fails

Gurgling Toad Sculptures and Your Money

by Matt Holdridge, C4L

We’ve all heard the line that we can’t cut one cent from the Pentagon’s budget. This argument, which comes mostly from Republican and “conservative” circles, supposes as Tom Woods puts it, only angels (or in this case magical fairies) run the Department of Defense.

Well, here’s a story that might shake a few people’s faith in the gospel of the DOD.

U.S. News is reporting that:

A $600,000 frogĀ sculpture that lights up, gurgles “sounds of nature” and carries a 10-foot fairy girl on its back could soon be greetingĀ Defense Department employees who plan to start working at the $700 million Mark Center in Alexandria, Va. this fall.

Yes, you read that correctly, a sculpture of a toad carrying a fairy along with a $600,000 price tag could be coming to a large DOD office near DC. Who said we were broke?


Despite concerns over the bizarrely high cost, the possibility of an oversized dollar-store trinket, and the idea for art at the new DOD center, was a local one. However, the Army Corp of Engineers would rather not scratch it from the building plans.

…in an E-mail, an Army Corps of Engineers official said that the decision can’t be held up because it would impact completion of the huge project.

A bureaucracy at its most revealing.

As my Dad would say, “You have money to buy a sculpture of Tinker Bell’s evil step-sister, but you don’t have money to balance the federal budget.”