What a surprise, the superfluous “children’s” hospital in El Paso is going to add an additional burden on already overwhelmed taxpayers. And it isn’t even built yet.

A small turnout of voters narrowly approved bonds for the new government facility, with threats that kids would be left dying in the streets if voters didn’t reach deep into their pockets. The scare tactics barely worked, but worked well enough that El Pasoeans — already suffering under nearly the heaviest tax burdens in the state — are going to suffer even more.

The county hospital system, known as Thomason, is hip-deep in the “grab money everywhere they can” game, so it’s likely the children’s hospital is nothing more than a pretty new face to feed an inefficient bureaucracy. For example, the hospital is wanting the federal government to hand $1 million for all the alleged cross-border violence they have been treating.

Maybe the hospital should instead refuse to treat illegal aliens coming across with drug-war related injuries? Nah… Then the health-ucrats wouldn’t have an excuse to cry for more money.

Kids, drug lords, whatever. Mr. and Mrs. Taxpayer just need to pay up.

Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael Quinn Sullivan is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. He is a native Texan, a graduate of Texas A&M, and an Eagle Scout. Previously, he has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine contributor, Capitol Hill staffer, and think tank vice president. Michael and his wife have three adult children, a son-in-law, and a dog. Michael is the author of three books, including "Reflections on Life and Liberty."