[FoRK] Republicans burning bridges??
Stephen D. Williams
Sat Nov 5 08:32:08 PST 2005
6000 pork projects? Are they serious??
Anyone who calls Democrats "tax and spend liberals" deserves a
resounding "yea, right" for a long time.
"The highway bill seemed like such a good idea when it sailed through
Congress this summer. But now Republicans who assembled the record
spending package are suffering buyer's remorse.
The $286 billion legislation was stuffed with 6,000 pet projects for
lawmakers' districts, including what critics denounce as a $223 million
"Bridge to Nowhere" that would replace a 7-minute ferry ride in a
sparsely populated area of Alaska. Usually members of Congress cannot
wait to rush home and brag about such bounty -- a staggering number of
parking lots, bus depots, bike paths and new interchanges for just about
every congressional district in the country that added $24 billion to
the overall cost of maintaining the nation's highways and bridges in the
"President Ronald Reagan once vetoed a highway bill because it contained
152 pet projects. Despite the pork inflation, Bush had no complaints
about the current package when he signed it on Aug. 10."
swilliams at hpti.com http://www.hpti.com Per: sdw at lig.net http://sdw.st
Stephen D. Williams 703-724-0118W 703-995-0407Fax 20147-4622 AIM: sdw
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