According to a recent overview of how much American cities are spending to remove Confederate monuments, taxpayers in New Orleans, San Antonio, Dallas, Charlottesville, and elsewhere are being bilked for millions in this meaningless effort to transform the country’s history. These cities, trapped in the “Resistance” by Democrat leaders who care more about making headlines than addressing the actual problems facing their constituents, are wasting their public funds on monument removals across the country.
If the voters in these cities had any concept of what little effect these monuments actually had on their lives and families, they would be outraged to see their hard-earned money go down the drain. Unfortunately, given that these people continually vote for tax-and-spend liberals, there’s no reason to suspect they’ll wake up to this nonsense now. If anything, these Democrats will probably win re-election for their outlandish pandering.
In New Orleans, more than $2.1 million has been spent on monument removal and police presence.
In San Antonio, city officials have spent nearly $300,000 to remove a Confederate statue from a downtown park. That’s on top of the outrageous $17 million the city has spent on law enforcement so that police officers could stand guard at the statue while the city council deliberated on the monument’s fate.
In Dallas, monument removal has already cost the city nearly half a million dollars. If they go forward with the removal of a Pioneer Park statue, that could cost Dallas another $800,000.
And then there’s Charlottesville, where city officials have yet to reveal the costs of removing the controversial Confederate monuments. Even before the big riot that captured headlines this summer, some city officials estimated that taking down the statues could cost Charlottesville upwards of $700,000, however.
In an op-ed for the New Orleans Times-Picayune, columnist Jarvis DeBerry criticized residents who were complaining about the costs of removal:
The most frequently told lie in Louisiana politics is that good things can be had at no cost. We say we want smooth streets and highways, top-flight universities, excellent schools, reliable public services, quality public hospitals and protection from flooding, but we don’t want to pay what people in other states pay for such things. So how important are those things to us, really?[…]
Seriously, if taking down the monuments was a necessary a step forward, as I believe it was, and as the mayor and City Council said it was, then there should have been a corresponding willingness to pay for the removal.
We read a lot of absurd liberal op-eds, but this is pretty amazing even for the standards of the left. Comparing universities, city streets, and schools to tearing down monuments to American history? That’s a good one.
When New Orleans comes looking to Louisiana and the federal government for a debt bailout, we should remind them of what they considered a fiscal priority and let them deal with the consequences of their irresponsibility themselves.