Friday, November 04, 2005

More Walk The Talk

And less talk the talk. Pork barrel spending. These guys have been running Congress towards the loansharks for over ten years. Alex, the would like to buy a clue for 100,000 votes.
Some in GOP Regretting Pork-Stuffed Highway Bill: "McCain and six other Senate Republicans want to reallocate the pork dollars in the bill to help pay for the damage caused by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), one of eight House members who opposed the legislation, and who declined any special projects for his district, wants to rescind 10 percent of the bill's total cost and allow states to disregard the pet projects authorized by the legislation, and spend the money as they wish.

'My guess is that most states would gladly forgo 10 percent of their funding for the ability to make funding decisions,' Flake said.

The Senate has already considered one proposal to scale back the legislation -- an amendment offered by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) to cut funding for some of the projects special-ordered by Alaskan lawmakers and use the money saved to rebuild the Interstate 10 bridge over Lake Pontchartrain outside New Orleans. The I-10 bridge, a major transportation corridor, was shattered during the Katrina storm surge.

Coburn's bid failed, but it gained widespread attention and attracted 15 Senate 'yes' votes, a landslide, considering the political clout of Stevens, a former chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and a formidable force in Congress. In a display of outrage, Stevens threatened to resign from the Senate if Coburn's measure succeeded.

Stevens and other Alaska lawmakers have been masterful at steering federal aid to their thinly populated state. According to a tally by Taxpayers for Common Sense, a nonpartisan budget watchdog group, Alaska received $1 billion for 120 special projects. In total funding, it ranks third, behind California and Illinois."
Let him resign. What a baby. What is it with all the emotional Republicans lately? Can't handle the pressure?

Don't let the screen door hit you and make you spit out your pacifier on the way out.

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