Letter: A needlessly expensive House meeting

Published: 5/23/2020 12:01:21 AM
Modified: 5/23/2020 12:01:09 AM

House Speaker Stephen Shurtleff has proposed spending $200,000 to rent the Whittemore Center Arena at UNH, a state school, to hold a single-day House session in June.

Ostensibly, seating can be arranged to permit social distancing. In fairness, the sum also includes about $20,000 worth of electronic paraphernalia to permit members to vote electronically from their seats.

Democrats are notorious for being incapable of prioritizing anything or even minimally understanding sources and uses of funds. This $200,000 single-day meeting proposal represents one of the most egregiously stupid and farcical spending ideas that House Democrats have ever offered for public consumption.

Taking aisles and egress into account, it takes about an acre of space to seat 400 people with six feet of social distancing. The area required is about the size of the playing surface of a football field. A big circus tent would do.

Parking for 400 cars requires about four acres. Almost any N.H fairground site would work. Fairgrounds are always on the hunt for ways to pay bills.

Red and green voting placards could be waved for counters walking the aisles, tallying votes.

For $100, the speaker could rent any teenage rock band’s sound system.

Behavioral scientists Justin Krueger and David Dunning concocted what’s now understood as the Dunning-Krueger Effect, which has to do with how people view their capacity for decision-making. One of their conclusions was that “if you’re incompetent, you can’t know you’re incompetent.”

Appreciating Dunning-Krueger will help everyone understand every Democrat going forward.



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