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Promise Her Anything, But Give Her a National Park

Yesterday’s Duluth News Tribune reported that an appropriations subcommittee chaired by Congressman Ralph Regula (R-Ohio) “created the First Ladies National Historic Site in his district in Canton, Ohio.” But it gets better. The paper also reports the historic site was his wife’s inspiration, and she “is the founding president of the nonprofit National First Ladies’ Library, which operates the historic site for the National Park Service” for which she receives no salary.

Here’s the kicker, dear taxpayers: “Over the years, Ralph Regula’s subcommittee has inserted more than $4.5 million in special “earmarks” for the first ladies site into federal spending bills. That includes $800,000 to buy a mansion that once belonged to President William McKinley and his wife and $2.5 million to help renovate a nearby bank building that his wife’s group owns.” Ah, the things that are done with taxpayers money. Sheesh!

HTs to Demian Brady at Government Bytes and Andrew Roth at Club for Growth.