20 October 2005
Good old skinflint Tom
I tweak Tom Coburn from time to time for being just a trifle ideo-illogical (and if that wasn't a word, it is now), but he does exemplify one characteristic I respect in a politician: chintziness.
His amendment to the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development appropriations bill will reallocate the $220 million for an Alaskan bridge (sometimes, not entirely fairly, derided as the "Bridge to Nowhere") to Katrina relief. And I have to agree with Mike Krempasky:
Friends, this is as easy a call as I've ever seen. If Republicans aren't willing to step back from this idiocy in Alaska to fund the needs in Louisiana they don't deserve anything more than a snicker next time they try to describe themselves as the party of limited government.
Actually, I think they're probably close to that point already, but I figure the GOP will put up one hell of a fight to keep that bridge, not so much because they care about a handful of Alaskans, but because they, like the Democrats before them, greatly enjoy the ability to hand out taxpayer dollars and see it as the key to reelection.Posted at 8:50 AM to Political Science Fiction
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And Charles Hill invented it: "ideo-illogical." As Charles said, "If that wasn't a word, it is now." Why can't I think up cool new words like that? (I need to find out what Charles is on, and get me some.)......[read more]