Porkbusting, Alaska style

Here’s a quick follow up to my original post on Porkbusters. Porkbusters site has a rather depressing update to busting pork in Alaska. Check out this exchange between a reporter and Don Young:

REPORTER: Isn’t there a bunch of stuff in that highway bill, at least 24 billion dollars, that could be taken out and used for the people in New Orleans and Mississippi and the places that were affected?

REP. YOUNG: No! That money is not there! That money is for transportation! That is not added pork. See, that’s why the whole media — Wall Street Journal, yourself, respectfully, you know, Sam Donaldson — don’t know what the hell you are talking about. This is grandstanding by individuals that don’t know what they’re talking about. I’ll go back to that. It’s ignorance and stupidity.

You can check out a video of this here (Young’s got a neat office and a super goatee).

I’ve seen two different estimates for the cost of the Bridge to Nowhere: $315 million and $223 million. Knowing how government projects tend to run over-budget, I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s the higher estimate.

One thought on “Porkbusting, Alaska style

  1. Grandstanding, out-of-touch, selfish jerk. Almost makes me wish for a Democratic sweep of Congress just so the self-fellating committee chairmen get knocked out. Then I remember the Democrats would spend more, for stupider things.

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