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Originally posted by The Old American
The state welfare office, huh? Because hungry, homeless people can eat a flagpole.
Originally posted by Oaktree
reply to post by jude11
At first, I thought: $20,000 for a flagpole seems pretty ridiculous!
Then you posted actual costs for a flagpole.
What was left out of the equation?
Labor. Union labor, public union labor, no doubt.
Please correct me if you can prove me wrong.
Originally posted by VeniVidi
I am thinking that some higher up in the Welfare Agencies' cousin or brother was given the contract to buy and install the flag pole. Of course that cousin or brother will certainly find a way to show his appreciation.
Contractors working for the city – "Ring favorites, most of them – were told to multiply the amount of each bill by five, or ten, or a hundred, after which, with Mayor Hall's 'O. K.' and Connolly's indorsement, it was paid ... through a go-between, who cashed the check, settled the original bill and divided the remainder ... between Tweed, Sweeny, Connolly and Hall".
For example, the construction cost of the New York County Courthouse, begun in 1861, grew to nearly $13 million – about $178 million in today's dollars, and nearly twice the cost of the Alaska Purchase in 1867. "A carpenter was paid $360,751 (roughly $4.9 million today) for one month's labor in a building with very little woodwork ... a plasterer got $133,187 ($1.82 million) for two days' work".
Originally posted by KeliOnyx
Ok so you got the costs of the flagpole worst case that itself comes to about half. The part you forgot is labor, and even that is dependent on where it is located. let alone the costs of possibly breaking up the concrete digging out the hole for it and then resealing up the concrete at the base of it. I am sorry there is much more to it than just going out buying a pole and standing it on the ground. Labor, materials and equipment are costs you will have. And we haven't even gotten to the permits and research that has to be done to ensure they don't hit gas lines, power lines, sewers and anything else that may be below ground at that site.
Now all that being said, I do agree on principle the Welfare Agency should be focused on getting the $20k to the families that need it instead of wasting it frivolously on a flagpole that does nothing for anyone.
You can buy a telescoping flagpole kit for under $310 and install it yourself or hire a contractor to do the job for $574. The kit includes a 20-foot telescoping pole with installation sleeve and gold ball top, a 3-foot-by-5-foot flag and swivel rings and harness that allows the flag to fly freely. Another cost is $60 for concrete mix and gravel for its foundation.