Are duck ramps awesome or a waste of taxpayer dollars? | The Tylt
Are ramps for baby ducks a waste of taxpayer dollars? Yet another controversy rages in Washington after four families of mallard ducks took up residence in the waters of D.C.'s Capitol Reflecting Pool. Grounds caretakers installed two ramps so ducklings could get in and out. But Republican Representative Mark Walker criticized the ramps on Twitter as just more "government waste." Are duck ramps yet another example of government spending run amok?
Are duck ramps awesome or a waste of taxpayer dollars?
The duck ramps were built in collaboration with City Wildlife, a nonprofit organization in D.C. that helps sick and injured animals.
Anne Lewis, the president of City Wildlife, said a ramp could be the difference between life and death for the ducklings. “Ducklings get into the water—often helped there by visitors—and then can’t get out because of the high curb at the water’s edge,” she said in an email. “They will drown from exhaustion or die of starvation unless they have a way to get out of the water.”
But Congressman Walker derided the ramps as another one of Washington's "bright ideas."
Outlets across the nation quickly picked up on the firestorm.
The US Capitol, the office responsible for installing the ramps, quickly clapped back.
But lots of people think the government that governs least, governs best.
It's great that we can save a few ducks, but is this really what needs our attention or tax dollars?
Meanwhile, Congressman Walker got dragged big-time on Twitter for his seeming anti-duck stance.