Sunday, August 22, 2010



Adler Planetarium is one of the museums across the nation bidding for one of three space jalopies (er, sorry, shuttles) being made available for public display. The shuttles are “free,” but the “winning” museums must pay $28.8 million to transport them to their sites. The price is fixed so a bidding museum cannot increase its chances by sweetening the pot; instead, it must convince NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, Jr. that it is somehow a more appropriate or worthy place to display these testimonies to government’s ability to almost literally burn taxpayer money.

Adler should easily win such a competition. Since the administration in this city has shown a pullulating propensity to pee away money at a prodigious pace, what better symbol for the city than the shuttle? What better home for such a visible symbol of government profligacy?

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