Thursday, November 10, 2005

More Republican Pork

Aside from watching our leaders fight for the right to toruture, nothing gets my blood boiling like egregious, offensive pork. No, I don't mean bacon gone bad.

I refer here to Sen. Ted Stevens' "Bridge to Nowhere", in Ketchikan, Alaska. Apparently, he threw a hissy fit and threatened to resign the Senate if they took away funding for his bridge. After all, what's $223 million here and there? Especially when you've got an island with 80 (that's 8-zero) people on it who, well, would like a nice bridge.

Frankly, he sounds a lot like a petulant, whining child to me. And if Alaska is not embarassed to have him representing them on the national stage, well, they should be. I say he deserves a good caning.

I can do no better than Richard Cohen in today's WaPo, so I'll just quote him:
...the funding of ridiculous and unnecessary projects while the government
is deeply in debt (and guided by an economic numskull) has become so much a part
of contemporary Washington that -- the scolding John McCain notwithstanding --
it ought to be memorialized. A man feeding pigs is what I have in mind.

Look, I know that the Dems play at this game too (Sen Byrd could certainly challenge Mr. Stevens for the title of King Pork. Perhaps some Jell-O wrestling to settle it, gentlemen?) They, too, are masters at this game.

But the Republicans are supposed to be the party of good government, smaller government, and fiscal restraint. That's why I've voted ofr them the past half-decade. They own and control every conceiveable facet of the Federal machinery. It is entirely under their control to bring this thing back into line. Not only have they not done that, they have made it worse - and exponentially so.

If the Democrats could build a case for a return to good government, they've got a real shot in 2006 and 2008. After the way the GOP has managed things since 2000, it's time for a change.

And Sen. Stevens can make good on his promise to leave the Senate.


Blogger LargeBill said...

Stevens' weak defense of pork for Alaska is embarrassing. The budget could be cut in half if it wasn't for buffoons like him. This is one area where bi-partisanships thrives. Nearly all of them from both parties want money wasted in their district or state. You're right that the Republicans could be in trouble in 2006 if all they can say is they're not as bad as the Dems. They need to have the intestinal fortitude to be better. Waste is waste regardless of who is doing it.

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