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Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Why Can't I Be a "Special Project?"

The new Highway Bill has plenty of goodies for elected officials wallowing in the slop of pork-barrel spending. The bill appropriates our tax dollars for 6,371 "special projects" (there were only two special projects in the original highway bill signed by President Eisenhower).
Transportation Committee Chairman Don Young of Alaska got $941 million for his home state (the third-least populated state in the Union). Of that, $231 million will go to pay for a bridge to be named "Don Young's Way." Jesus.
Keep this in mind next time you hear a member of Congress weeping that we can't afford to eliminate the 107-year-old telephone tax, enacted in 1898 to help fund the Spanish-American War.
Oink, oink, to ya!


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