Carol Platt Liebau: Porkbusters, Unite!

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Porkbusters, Unite!

Here's an important editorial from the Wall Street Journal. Politicians worried about overspending in the wake of Katrina? Fine -- cut the pork. As the piece points out, the invaluable NZ Bear (of Truth Laid Bear) has created a site called Porkbusters. It identifies some of the most egregious fat that could easily be trimmed.

I was dismayed to see this morning on Fox News Sunday a clip of Nancy Pelosi offering to forgo some of the pork in the highway bill -- followed by a clip of Dennis Hastert declining to make the same offer! It's a sad and outrageous day when Nancy Pelosi sounds like a fiscal conservative, compared to the Republican Speaker of the House.

President Bush could regain the initiative right now -- by calling on every member of Congress to forgo the unnecessary earmarks that have disgraced the highway bill. But whether he does that or not, Republicans need to understand that they are putting themselves in grave political peril by joining Democrats at the government trough.


Blogger cookie jill said...

Alaska doesn't need that bridge.

We in the SoCal area don't need hundreds of thousands of dollars to install landscaping on the Ronald Reagan highway.

Reagan is probably turning in his grave over this. I'm sure he would want money to go to fellow Americans whose lives were forever changed.

Get private Reagan fans to donate to landscape the freeway if they want. We need to save lives.

10:20 PM  
Blogger Mr. Twister said...

They can kiss my ear! --Don Young (R-Alaska), Chair of the House Transportation committe when asked by a reporter about redirecting $233 million from the Alaska bridge to nowhere to help rebuild New Orleans.

Carol, you still don't get it. The modern day Republican party has nothing--absolutely nothing--to do with fiscal conservatism. In his 4+ years in office George W. Bush has raised discretionary domestic spending by a greater percentage that Lyndon Johnson did in his 5+ years in office.

Show me one Republican, whom you proudly claim as your own, that is willing to stop suckling at the teat of momma pig. You won't find any.

Your 21st century Republican is a member of the Patronage and Pork-barrel party.

7:12 PM  

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