Thursday, September 15, 2005

Cutting the pork projects and shifting the funds to Hurricane relief


"There is a way out. For every buck Washington spends on Katrina relief, Congress has to cut a dollar from somewhere else in the budget. Every House member and every senator, as a show of support for the hurricane's victims, should publicly give up a pork project in their district or in their state.

This includes lawmakers from Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, as well. Those states accept pork just as the other 47 do, and it's a certainty that taxpayers' dollars went to pet projects in those coastal states that could have blunted the effects of Katrina had they been used properly.

The first stop for cutting the fat should be the leviathan highway bill. That larded piece of legislation, priced at $286.4 billion, has more than 6,000 pet projects that total $25 billion. Columnist George Will writes that is "about 10 times more than the price of the levee New Orleans needed" to keep the city from flooding."


Jason said...

Ah, but they can't do that, for if they admit that they have "pork projects" that they can just cancel, then the game is up. So they have to go on pretending that every dollar of spending that a congressman asks for is vital to his district, no matter what.

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