Sunday, May 22, 2005

Republicans are to blame for Pork in the Highway Bill

...The highway bill marks the absolute termination of the Gingrich Revolution ushered in by the 1994 Republican sweep. In the face of President Bush's repeated veto threats, Republicans are determined to pass a bill filled with earmarked spending for individual members of Congress. The 1982 highway bill contained only 10 earmarks. The 1991 bill, the last highway bill passed under Democratic leadership, contained 538 such projects. But the addiction for pork has grown so large that the current bill contains at least 3,193 earmarks.

...I wrote 10 years ago that Republicans, taking control for the first time in 40 years, faced a test. Metaphorically, would they close the executive washroom or just change the locks? It was almost immediately evident that they would take the latter course. Now, it's becoming clear the erstwhile Republican reformers are also super-sizing what they once condemned. (A bill full of pork by Robert Novak)

Update: Andy Roth at Club for Growth calls for the President to put an end to this bill! Porkopolis would go one step further: A veto ceremony that reads from the bill and publicly shames the representatives for specific projects.


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