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Stephen Kruiser


March 12, 2014 - 6:38 pm

Your tax dollars at work.

Government estimates suggest there may be 77,000 empty or underutilized buildings across the country. Taxpayers own them, and even vacant, they’re expensive. The Office of Management and Budget believes these buildings could be costing taxpayers $1.7 billion a year.

That’s because someone has to mow the lawns, keep the pipes from freezing, maintain security fences, pay for some basic power — even when the buildings are just sitting empty.

“To see a building that’s 28,000 square feet, just boarded up three stories — it’s really a shame not to have it … put to a use that would be of benefit to taxpayers and citizens as a whole,” Wise says.

We smaller government types are generally ecstatic when the federal behemoth stops using anything. Bureaucracies are only good at one thing though: hemorrhaging cash. The federal government is an institutional idiot savant when it comes to wasteful spending. If there is nothing to waste money on, it will make something up. If there is no more money to waste, it will whine that it needs more tax revenue.

Even while its sitting on some choice real estate.

Stephen Kruiser is a professional comedian and writer who has also been a conservative political activist for over two decades. A co-founder of the first Los Angeles Tea Party, Kruiser often speaks to grassroots groups around America and has had the great honor of traveling around the world entertaining U.S. troops.

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Follow the money. Where is the $1.7 billion going? Sweetheart maintenance contracts? Other opportunities for graft? The buildings could be gotten rid of in a heartbeat if the right people could make more money than they're doing now..
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The hurdles required by law to get rid of a building are the obvious impediment to utilizing those buildings.

Seriously, checking through the behemoth that is the federal government to see if anyone else could possibly use a building before deciding to unload it on the market?

Anyone checked the SIZE of that behemoth lately?

Then ya gotta check with states...then with non-profits...etc.....

The intentions are/were good (aren't they always?) but the best course of action is to simply abate the hazardous materials such as asbestos or lead, then put it on the open market and sell it outright.

The government gets rid of the burden of upkeep on a building that is obviously not being used, abating hazardous materials improves the odds of selling the property at a decent price, and the free market will find an eventual use for that property that best suits it.
51 weeks ago
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Well, maybe Dianne Feinstein can get her husband's real estate company to sell the surplus buildings for fat he's doing with the Post office buildings in towns where postal service has been curtailed.
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What'do they care? It's just taxpayer money. There's more where that came from!
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