Friday, March 11, 2005

and by fiscal restraint, you mean....

...spending lots of tax-payers money

The usually fractious members of the House of Representatives on Thursday found something they nearly all shared: an appetite for millions of dollars for home-state road, bridge and transit projects.
On a vote of 417 to 9, House members approved a $284 billion, six-year measure that would pay for transportation upgrades around the nation, including more than 4,000 projects sought by individual lawmakers at a cost of more than $12 billion.


It's one thing if you want to build roads (let's leave the idea of privatized road-building thing aside for a moment), but this is ridiculous:

Among the scores of other projects singled out by the organization were: $3 million for improvements to a museum in Warren, Ohio, dedicated to the Packard automobile; $7 million for snowmobile trails in Vermont; almost $35 million for landscaping around freeways in Houston; $3.2 million to build an interpretative center and improve trails in the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Corridor; and $500,000 to improve streets, sidewalks and curbs outside the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

I think the response to this is put best by Jeff Flake:

Representative Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican who is a persistent critic of federal spending, said, "Bipartisan porkfests like this bill make me long for the days of gridlock."

1 comment:

Adam Scavone said...

What do you do with a drunken sailor,
What do you do with a drunken sailor,
What do you do with a drunken sailor,
Earl-eye in the morning!

Chorus:
Way hay and up she rises
Way hay and up she rises
Way hay and up she rises
Earl-eye in the morning

Shave his belly with a rusty razor,
Shave his belly with a rusty razor,
Shave his belly with a rusty razor,
Earl-eye in the morning!

Chorus

Put him in the hold with the Captain's daughter,
Put him in the hold with the Captain's daughter,
Put him in the hold with the Captain's daughter,
Earl-eye in the morning!




Chorus

What do you do with a drunken sailor,
What do you do with a drunken sailor,
What do you do with a drunken sailor,
Earl-eye in the morning!

Chorus

Put him the back of the paddy wagon,
Put him the back of the paddy wagon,
Put him the back of the paddy wagon,
Earl-eye in the morning!

Chorus

Throw him in the lock-up 'til he's sober,
Throw him in the lock-up 'til he's sober,
Throw him in the lock-up 'til he's sober,
Earl-eye in the morning!

Chorus

What do you do with a drunken sailor,
What do you do with a drunken sailor,
What do you do with a drunken sailor,
Earl-eye in the morning!

Chorus

What do you do with a drunken sailor,
What do you do with a drunken sailor,
What do you do with a drunken sailor,
Earl-eye in the morning!

Chorus