Monday, October 24, 2005

Budget Idiotarians Attack!

The aftermath of the Coburn Amendments has been telling, especially when it comes to the Last Frontier's always-entertaining Congressional Delegation. Here's the real doozy from the pages of El Wapo:

The amendment became a cause celebre on the left and the right, with watchdog and conservative groups reporting updates on their Web sites throughout the day. The Club for Growth alerted readers early yesterday on its Web log, or blog: "As of last night, the opposition is putting up a big fight. They sense this amendment, if successful, as establishing a precedent. A precedent where all pork is vulnerable and no lawmaker is safe."

Later in the day, the Heritage Foundation circulated a paper, "The Bridge to Nowhere: A National Embarrassment," and noted, "fiscally responsible members of Congress should be eager to zero out its funding." Even the Sierra Club backed the amendment, noting, "We must fix the nation's existing infrastructure first."

And, there is a curious twist to the story: Many residents of Alaska appear to support forfeiting the bridge money for hurricane relief. "This money, a gift from the people of Alaska, will represent more than just material aid; it will be a symbol for our beleaguered democracy," reads a typical letter to the Anchorage Daily News.

Young, who made sure his state was one of the top recipients in the highway bill, was asked by an Alaska reporter what he made of the public support for redirecting the bridge money. "They can kiss my ear! That is the dumbest thing I've ever heard," he replied.

Well, hmm. Isn't this interesting? Apparently Young (who by the way the Bridge to Nowhere would be named after, in case you didn't know about it) thinks something that has massive support amongst his own constituents is "the dumbest thing" he's "ever heard." That's pretty dumb. And pretty condescending. I think most of the dumbest things I've ever heard have come from Young's mouth. Bu there is a glimmer of hope!

Sen. Ted Stevens, the veteran Alaska Republican, was dramatic in his response. "I don't kid people," Stevens roared. "If the Senate decides to discriminate against our state . . . I will resign from this body."


If only! I guess by "discrimination" he means "decide not to spend more capita federal tax money than any other state on." Here's what I want to know: for all the noise the Club for Growth and Grover Norquist make about trying to scalp politicians who talk about or consider raising taxes and the way they bring primary challengers against them, why not these jokers? These people are doing more abuse of funds and tax money than anyone, they're the kind of politicians that give politics and government a bad name. Why not send a primary challenger against them? If they're serious about shrinking government then mounting a serious challenge to these fools would send a message. With the rising power of Porkbusters, it could take off.