Over at Nobody's Business, Rogier van Bakel tells the tale of South Carolina state Sen. Glenn McConnell, a Civil War War Against the States buff who has thrown oodles of taxpayer money to preserve the Hunley, a Confederate sub sunk in 1864. The cost of such opulence? As Robin Leach used to say, If you have to ask, you can't afford it: $97 million and rising faster than the Hunley ever did.
But here's the kicker. A local paper describes the spendthrift legislator thusly: "the 58-year-old McConnell [is] a libertarian who often criticizes government spending."