August 22, 2005

Tax and Spend Republicans are kings of pork

Where are all the angry Republicans raising hell about this irresponsible squandering of their precious tax dollars?
When Democrats were in control of Congress until 1994, Republicans routinely accused Democrats of spending like drunken sailors on a Saturday night binge. But now that the Republicans are in control of the cookie jar, look at the results.

-- $277 million in road projects for the district of Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert.

-- $722 million in projects for Kern County, Calif., home of powerful House Ways and Means Chairman Committee Chairman Bill Thomas, nearly $1,000 per person.

-- $550 million for petroleum drilling research in House Majority Leader Tom Delay's home turf in Texas.

-- Rep. Don Young from Alaska, known in certain circles as the "King of Pork," scored big. As chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure he steered $231 million for a bridge near Anchorage called the "bridge to nowhere," and $223 million for another bridge connecting the tiny village of Ketchikan, Alaska, to an island with 50 inhabitants.

As reported by the Washington Post, the highway bill is the most expensive public works legislation in U.S. history, complete with 6,376 earmarked projects. Congress passed transportation and energy bills that busted cost limits established by President Bush. A massive water projects bill authorized spending that would exceed current levels by 173 percent. And let's not even mention the increases in the defense budget, with no end in sight.

It's not for nothing that the Cato Institute has called the GOP the Grand Old Spending Party.
The rest of the piece makes the case against the winner take all system of elections which encourage wasteful pork spending. Read it here.


At 8/23/2005 7:27 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

So that's where all the bridge funding went for the QC new bridge over the Mississppi?

To Alaska for a Bridge to Nowhere. Oh yeah - not one but two bridges in Alaska. For that bustling population out there. $233 mil for 50 people? Wow.....Sounds like a good fictional novel. Too bad it's gonna go into the history books Dope.

Again, why is the QC media not aware of these facts and failing to report them? Why is CNN not on top of it? Enquiring minds would like to know.

At 8/23/2005 10:20 AM, Blogger politicalwind said...

The hypocrisy among conservatives is stunning. They spent the last two decades of the 20th century railing against Tip O' Neill and the Democratic "big spenders" in Congress. They railed about deficits. They railed about term limits.

Now look at them. The Class of '94 won't leave. They've delivered the fattest hogs full of pork at fat on the planet. They've delivered the biggest deficit in US history.

And not one of them has a bad word to say about any of it!

This is a story about hypocrisy and power, not about principles.
They have no more principles, when it comes to pork and deficits and politics.

At 8/23/2005 1:50 PM, Blogger politicalwind said...

I think today's story about Pat Robertson calling for the assassination of the Venezuelan President is a blockbuster.

Robertson's terrorist comments violate the Bush Administration's antiterrorism policy and international law. If the Bush Administration applies its new antiterrorism law, Pat Robertson could easily end up in federal prison.

This should be very interesting.
Will America apply the same standards on its own that it is asking the world to adhere to?

Or are they too beholden to the right wing extremists like Robertson, and therefore close their eyes to Robertson's terrorist threat?

Stay tuned.

At 8/24/2005 6:53 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Well now, the Illinois Paper, the Dispatch is going to start putting the local news on their front page and the national news - such as the story you mention here P Wind in the back sections.

So now we will know more quickly about the tax increase coming in Moline and what the new mayor says about all that - and it's coming soon too- but will have to dig for any nation events from now on.


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