Some in Washington believe that we should spend an additional $3.5 trillion on new programs.
I copied this from the abc.com news site the other day:
Defending a bill not yet fully drafted, Democrats are determined to avoid a deficit financed spending spree. They are growing frustrated by the focus on the proposed $3.5 trillion spending total, arguing far too little attention is being paid to the work they are doing to balance the books. Biden on Friday said he would prefer the price tag described as “zero.”
“The idea is that [the] entire package should pay for itself.”
“We pay for everything we spend,” Biden said at the White House. “It’s going to be zero. Zero.”
Evidently the way he expects to “pay” for this is with our money, through higher taxes.
Title 5, Section 3331 of the United States Code defines the oath that each member of congress takes at the beginning of every session of congress.
It reads: “I, [name] do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”
In addition to taking the oath orally they must sign an affidavit that they have taken the oath. A copy is held by the clerk of the house.
I wonder how many of them have even read our Constitution.
Article V provides two methods that can be used to amend the Constitution. Evidently some consider that to be too much trouble when they can get away with ignoring what the Constitution says.
El Paso city council recently considered an agenda item to approve $553,787.00 to hire an architectural firm for the new fire station #38 project.
If they have been assigning numbers to our fire stations in sequential order then we probably have built 37 others. Fire station #5 (if there still is a #5) is probably old and the design is not appropriate for what is needed now. But how about the last station that we built?
Do we really need a new design?
Granted I’m neither an architect nor a fireman. However I suppose that a fire station is largely a garage with dormitory facilities for its crew (kitchen, showers, beds, maybe some office space) and warehouse space for equipment.
This new station is planned to be about 10,000 square feet.
The anticipated cost is $11.8 million dollars. That comes to about $1,180 per square foot.
R. S. Means is a national company that provides costing information for construction projects. Back in 2013 they reported the national average for construction of a 6,000 square foot fire station to be $140.18 per square foot.
A 2017 posting on the firehouse.com website included this:
Brown Reynolds Watford Architects recommends any department with tight and limited budgets must prioritize their needs. Many stations today are being built between $275 and $400 a square foot.
BRW is the firm that the city is hiring.
There could be a valid reason for this. The city should explain why the fire station will cost so much.