Hastert is one of those transparent "Republicans" who looks at taxes like death. Using other people's money is OK though.
- It is fitting that the president is signing this legislation in Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert's district, Ashdown said, "because the speaker's district has the third highest amount of highway pork in the nation."
The bill contains more than 6,371 special projects valued at more than $24 billion, or about 9 percent of the bill's total cost, he said. The distribution of the money for these projects "is based far more on political clout than on transportation need," Ashdown said.
Incredibly, there's even a porcine portion for the transportation committee chairman's state. Imagine that. Better yet, imagine spending $50 million for each constituent this will serve:
- Alaska, the third-least populated state, for instance, got the fourth-most money for special projects -- $941 million -- thanks largely to the work of its lone representative, House Transportation Committee Chairman Don Young. That included $231 million for a bridge near Anchorage to be named "Don Young's Way" in honor of the Republican.
That's right. This pig of a bridge project will serve only about 50 people.
You know, sometimes there's just way too much information to go into one post. More later.