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  • OT: A BILLION HERE, A BILLION THERE

    Filed at 6:41 am under by dcobranchi

    The New York Times has an utterly stomach-turning, jaw-clenching article on two pieces of pork included in the federal highway bill- huge bridges that basically go nowhere. The worst quote:

    [Rep.] Young said Alaska had been late to the federal table — it did not join the Union until 1959 — and needed to play catch-up. With his position as chairman of the House transportation committee, and with Mr. Stevens driving appropriations in the Senate, the state can muscle through most of the road projects it dreams up, he said.

    “It’s not a good way to legislate, although I got a lot of stuff in it,” Mr. Young told The Anchorage Daily News in December. “I mean I stuffed it like a turkey.”

    Rep. Young’s “stuffing” will cost us close to $2B when all is said and done.

    One Response to “OT: A BILLION HERE, A BILLION THERE”


    Comment by
    Zach
    April 11th, 2004
    at 12:00 am

    I blame a lot of this on the seniority system (and lack of term limits) in the US Congress… Positions of power are assigned based on length of service… Since these guys have been around so long, they’re very useful to the state… Voters, even fiscally conservative ones, would be foolish to vote them out…

    To add insult to injury, Alaska is the state that could most afford to pay for these things without the feds…