Professor Shares Comment Regarding Uncle Sam's 98k Outhouse

Professor Timothy Gilbert is Interviewed by WPEC's Ben Becker

As the government shutdown continues and the possibility of a debt default looms, a recent report of the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) paying $98,670 for the purchase and installation of an outhouse doesn’t sit well with many.

WPEC Anchor Ben Becker recently caught up with Northwood University Florida Professor Timothy Gilbert to get his take.

“By way of overview, this is just one more example of wasteful expenditures by our government. For them it does not matter if the cost was $10,000 or $100,000. It is like paying $10 for a pack of gum. From the government’s point of view it is about providing a service without regard to cost – because the taxpayer pays regardless of the cost. If it was not for reporting like this we would not even know about the waste,” said Gilbert of the CNSNews report.

The prefabricated outhouse is to be installed at the parking area of Alaska’s Swede Park Trail. With a price listing of ‘as low as $9,999’ by manufacturer Romtec, the BLM points out that additional costs include shipping, materials and earthwork.

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Gilbert brings over thirty years of business management and professional experience to the classroom. He teaches a wide range of classes relating to business management, philosophy of American life and business, marketing, automotive marketing, history, economics, and finance and is the faculty coordinator for the highly successful Auto Show of the Palm Beaches, Presented by Northwood University. A sought after speaker and presenter both here and abroad, Gilbert is also a recognized expert in the area of automobile franchise operations and management.


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