More Wasteful Government Spending … $600,000 for a Gurgling Toad Sculpture at the Pentagon’s Mark Center in Alexandria, VA


Why are any of us not surprised … this is just like spending $3000 for the ceramic cat on the Wheel of Fortune.

What is wrong with these people? The Pentagon is looking to spend $600,000 on this so-called art of a gurgling toad sculpture. Is this going to be the centerpiece in the main lobby of the Mark Center? NOPE.  To make matter worse, only an estimated 2,500 people will see this piece of art daily. This is yet just another example of what happens when people spend others peoples money. The US Treasury is going broke and we have government folks who think its a good idea to spend $600K on a frog. UNREAL.

A $600,000 frog sculpture that lights up, gurgles “sounds of nature” and carries a 10-foot fairy girl on its back could soon be greeting Defense Department employees who plan to start working at the $700 million Mark Center in Alexandria, Va. this fall. That is unless a new controversy over the price tag of the public art doesn’t torpedo the idea.

Decried as wasteful spending that will be seen by just a couple thousand of daily workers who arrive on bus shuttles, foes have tried to delay the decision, expected tomorrow, April 1. But in an E-mail, an Army Corps of Engineers official said that the decision can’t be held up because it would impact completion of the huge project.

Sadly, this is not an April’s Fools joke, the only fools are those that thought this was a wise purchase. All the kisses in the world will not turn this $600K toad into a prince.

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  • Comments

    5 Responses to “More Wasteful Government Spending … $600,000 for a Gurgling Toad Sculpture at the Pentagon’s Mark Center in Alexandria, VA”

    1. A Texas Grandfather on April 1st, 2011 10:38 am

      This makes one question the rest of the 700 million spent in this building project.

      It would be interesting to see an accounting cost breakdown of the major components.

      Are these people good stewards of the peoples money? Based on the example in the story, one could conclude that the answere is a resounding NO.

    2. NGBoston on April 1st, 2011 11:37 am

      Why spend $600k on a Gurgling Toad Sculpture? ….just look inside 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue-there is a live one there every day. That is of course, unless he is off on another vacation or saving the World and stuff, yah’ know.


    3. Buster on April 2nd, 2011 5:24 am

      LOL it’s not a gurgling frog !!! It’s obamas self portrait !!!
      Just more hope and change !!!

    4. Buster on April 2nd, 2011 5:24 am

      Buck Ofama !!!

    5. susan crane on April 29th, 2011 10:59 am

      just heard our government gave 25 million to another country. Why does our government give our taxs payers money away to other countries when our country is falling apart. makes me want to pack up my family and move to Canda. And the stupid frog is just one of many things we the people need to stop allowing them to spend on. Its time to take over the government and audit their asses. I heard our government gave the japs lots of money as well. Have we all forgotten their threats to us? When were at our weakest they will attack again. So we send them money? My grandfather died in the war against the japs and he would be turning over in his grave right now if he new what was going on.

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