Oh, yeah? Trying cutting it by $5.3 million

The last time I saw the flag in question. I'd be happiest if it remained the last time.

The last time I saw the flag in question. I’d be happiest if it remained the last time.

Don’t know whether you saw this story this morning:

The Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum Commission on Tuesday lowered to $3.6 million a proposal for displaying the Confederate battle flag that was removed from the State House grounds in July.

The new proposal is about $1.7 million less than what a consultant proposed earlier this month. The new plan also reduces projected annual operating funds to $234,000 from the consultant’s proposed $416,000.

The commission voted unanimously to approve the plan, which includes opening a new wing at the Relic Room, which is located in the same renovated textile mill as the S.C. State Museum. The proposal also includes an electronic presentation of the names of all 24,000 South Carolina Confederate soldiers killed in the Civil War and the conservation and display of period Confederate battle flags now in storage. The war began when Confederate forces fired on Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor and was fought from 1861 to 1865….

Folks, it’s still an outrage until you get down to something under $100. Actually, spending anything on displaying this inauthentic nylon knockoff is an outrage, especially at a museum containing genuine military artifacts.

9 thoughts on “Oh, yeah? Trying cutting it by $5.3 million

  1. Karen Pearson

    Lets see, our water and sewage system is falling apart, likewise our roads, and we have a lot of schools in desperate need of upgrade and improvement. And they plan to prioritize this absurdity??? Hey, they can also give a massive tax cut in honor of it!

  2. Bryan Caskey

    I’m pretty sure we could get a nice wooden frame and put it behind glass for less than $100 if we go to Hobby Lobby soon. They’re running some good deals right now.

    Problem solved.

      1. Bryan Caskey

        See! Now this is the sort of thriftiness that I want in an elected official.

        Assistant for SC House, 2016!

  3. bud

    I say if we can save the money by putting the flag back on the State House grounds lets do that.

    Look folks, this was the agreement that was passed. To continue whining about this is ridiculous. As I understand the proposal this amounts to a significant upgrade to the State Museum so it’s not really entirely about the modern, nylon flag. Riverbanks zoo is constantly expanding and upgrading and no one complains about that government backed facility. It is just too easy to complain when you don’t get 100% of what you want. In Brad’s case he will never be happy on this issue, never. I predicted this would not end the discussion of the flag and sure enough it hasn’t.

      1. bud

        Doug, read what I said. I’d be ok putting the flag back on the state house grounds and save ALL of the money. I’d be happy putting it in a cheap glass case. I’d be happy burning the damn thing. But the agreement was to display it properly. This is how that part of the legislation was interpreted. Brad was the one who supported this legislation not me. You can’t just pass something then turn around and renege. That’s not how our system works.

  4. Mark Stewart

    I always get a kick out of public boards and commissions say they voted unanimously on a controversial proposal – when the reality is that they just barely met the quorum threshold.

    All this appointed body wanted to do was kick this up to the legislature as fast as possible while alienating as few of the legislative members who would get their panties in a wad as possible. That would be the one’s concerned with honoring “heritage” vs the one’s who want to see prudent government expenditures.

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