...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."