President Thomas Whitmore: I don’t understand, where does all this come from? How do you get funding for something like this?
Julius Levinson: You don’t actually think they spend $20,000.00 on a hammer, $30,000.00 on a toilet seat do you?
Certianly one of the funniest lines in the 1996 blockbuster, Independence Day. Like they say, “it’s funny because its true”. The fact that government hides purchases in the invoices of everyday items is not lost on the bulk of the population, as is evidenced by the movies writing. While we accept this as an inevitibilty with a bloated and corrupt government, we have been tipped off by a government vendor of a very disturbing case.
Government agencies, refitting or building out new offices have been ordering Toilets, Sinks, and Urinal fixtures with gold fittings, bringing the cost to roughly $2500 for a standard public restroom toilet.
If you and I were working on our house, we might spend $300-$400 if we really wanted a luxery commode. This vendor informs us they have purchase orders for “A few thousand toilets”, each containing roughly one ounce of the precious metal. I guess they figure there isn’t adequate oversight to notice a few thousand dollars spent on a few thousand toilets.
The question is why? Is this typical corruption and some group of government employees are putting some money in their pockets by exchanging the fittings? Or is this a larger more coordinated effort in preparation of a fiscal collapse?
All we know is the number is “A few thousand”, so rough math dictates it certianly isn’t enough to bail out a program, nevermind the whole government. Our tip only comes from one government vendor out of thousands fortunately, but that also means the scope of this is potentially much larger.
What we can be sure of is, that people in government are putting their rear-end on the line to horde some gold.