GOP House rep laments duck ramp on Capitol reflecting pool as ‘government waste’

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In Washington, D.C.,  it’s the Mallard duck families with their tiny quacks waddling towards the Capitol Reflecting Pool who have traditionally made the pool their home. The baby ducks have added to their families. According to the Architect of the Capitol, the popular attraction’s sloped limestone coping has made it difficult for tiny ducklings trying to climb out of the pool or trying to follow their parents back into the pool after their daily adventures.

On Monday, the Architect of the Capitol helped to save the adorable fluffy baby ducks, and installed duck ramps as they worked with  animal rescue service City Wildlife on designs that led to the new ramps. Tragically however, no good deed in Washington seems to go unpunished – even for non partisan ducklings.

Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C) tweeted his lament on the new duck ramp – calling it a government waste.

“If it looks like a duck and walks like a duck, it must be government waste,” Walker tweeted out on Tuesday afternoon.

Walker is the chairman of the Republican Study Committee, a group of conservatives that advocate for cuts in non-defense spending. Obviously, his suggestion however, didn’t meet with much popularity and social media quickly pounded back.

“I’m from North Carolina and I’m more proud of this duck ramp than I am of you representing my state,” tweeted Emily V. Gordon.

“I say we taxpayers should keep the duck ramp and stop paying the Congressman,” tweeted William.

And then there came a real classic. Dan Olsen w/ an ‘O’ had this to tweet:

“$30 lumber

$40 paint

$120 design

$63,000 – Trump Golf Trips

$200 labour

someone plz help me budget this duck ramp”

Read the original story here. There has not been any reply from the Congressman’s office, but really Mr. Walker – leave the ducklings alone and stop ruffling their feathers. It’s a soothing sight to see the ducks swimming quietly amidst the chaos of our government. If you’re so concerned with government wasting money, why don’t you grab your own credit card and do something nice by paying for the ramp yourself? Stands to reason, you would probably garner more votes than speaking “a fowl.”

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12 replies
  1. Nancy Raymond says:

    The government waste here is Rep Mark Walker – what an ass he is. A lousy ramp is his problem when this government wastes millions on garbage and pays a salary to idiots like him – if it walks like an idiot it probably is – this is what you got North Carolina – Good luck with that.

  2. maxiemom says:

    Amazing! Every time trump goes to Mar-a-Lago, which is almost every weekend, it costs the US taxpayers $3 million. However, that’s NOTHING when you think that trump is bilking the government because the secret service has to stay there, buy their meals, etc., which means they PAY for the privilege and it goes right into trump’s pocket.

    THAT’S government waste. Then you can add Melania staying in New York, same deal with secret service, at $30 million a month……… Assuming he remains in office until the end of December, trump will easily pass Obama’s eight years spent on vacations with no problem, yet trump raised all kinds of noise about the money spent on his trips, and just think: Obama got NO government kickbacks, unlike trump!

    So, let’s see….. The cost of those materials with the design comes to LESS than the grass seed, soil, and flowers I’ve put into my yard, and that hasn’t saved a life nor made anyone’s life easier. It’s given me and my neighbors pleasure, but not on the level of those ducks.

    The cost of the ramp compared to trumps waste every weekend going to Mar-a-Lago? Walker should have kept his ignorant mouth shut.

  3. Sue says:

    No, that is the opposite of waste.

    The most egregious government waste of our tax dollars is the billions spent on vivisection. People can learn about that by looking up the White Coat Waste Project.

  4. pamela bolton says:

    Hey Mr. Walker, You want to do something about Government Waste, try zeroing in on the White Coat people and vivisection.of animals through abuse and torture of animals for the GOVERNMENT MONEY YOU SEND THEM. There is nothing wrong with this ramp. It is the least you can do for screwing Americans. You could have built it yourself and saved EVERYONE the money. Ashamed you are representing North Carolina for your mentality stinks.

  5. ellen cottone says:

    You get the hell back to work and mind your own business ya bunch a wildlife hating trump flunkies.
    You cut spending some where else. We The People of the United States of America Speak.

  6. ellen cottone says:

    The clever baby duck friendly ramp and diving bored is not worth it.
    You can explain dead and suffering ducklings to children.
    at the reflecting pool. As they reflect, wide eyed in horror

  7. pennysdachshund says:

    I wonder if (So-Called – Congressman Ron Walker ) runs over ducks and geese in his daily routine to decrease the cost of brake fluid. This PP ie Perfect Prick is the Representive of North Carolina is on of the top 5 STATES that has horrific ANIMAL TORTURE <DOG FIGHTING RINGS< ABUSE AND MURDER OF ANIMALS By mere children under 16!!!! He sets the example of kindness and compassion for his Home state… So now we have an Idea why this state is so Fucked UP!!


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