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Thursday, October 20, 2005

Shame

The Coburn Amendment was just voted down in the Senate. For those who don't know what it is, the amendment would have taken the money for pure pork projects in Alaska, like the "Bridge to Nowhere," and applied it to New Orleans reconstruction. The shame is that neither Dayton nor Coleman voted for the amendment. I'm not surprised that Coleman didn't, but Dayton? Come on.

I'm sick and tired of pork. If this vote would have jeopardized every single earmark in Minnesota, so be it. The fact that only 15% of the entire U.S. Senate is unwilling to put the needs of the country at large above the needs to whore for votes in their home states is disgusting. This is not a proud day to be an American.

2 Comments:

At 8:28 PM, October 20, 2005, Blogger halfback jack said...

I agree with the principle. I disagree on an open checkbook for anyone. Moreover, I am getting a sickening feeling that a LOT of money earmarked for LA and New Orleans, etc. went down the black hole the minute it got there.

Without going on an extended rant, it would seem that the feds have paid off their buddies very nicely (I'm visualizing Cathy Lee Gifford's ancient Carnival cruiseline jingle--"in the morning, in the evening, ain't we got fun....), the state and local folks are getting their "cut," families are still spread out all over the US and (gasp) some of them are even going to stay where they evacuated to.

Taking from a bunch of individual pork barrel and creating pork jambalaya is asinine. I'd almost rather Bush dump the same amount of cash in to the Potomac.

There is no doubt that the people--especially the poorest--of New Orleans need the infrastructure. I frankly do not beleive that they will get their fair share of it at the end of the day. Huey Long is smiling....

 
At 1:43 PM, October 21, 2005, Blogger Kevin from Minneapolis said...

Man, just when I think you're a complete liberal moonbat, you come up with a great post like this! Score you!

I'm never been one to look at a bad situation and say something like, "well, if some good comes out of this..." but maybe this hurricane will jolt congress to the point where it stops some of this shit. I for one am willing to give our $25 million bike trail in the transportation bill to the gulf coast.

 

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