Thursday, September 15, 2005

Yes -- Tom Delay said this with a straight face.

From Think Progress:

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay yesterday declared an “ongoing victory” in his effort to cut spending, and said “there is simply no fat left to cut in the federal budget.” Here’s a list of vital programs Tom DeLay has marshaled through Congress:

$25,000 to study mariachi music in Nevada

$1.5 million for an Alaskan bus stop with heated sidewalks and electronic signs

$75,000 set aside for the Paper Industry International Hall of Fame in Appleton, Wisconsin

$100,000 for a film festival in Rochester, New York.

$50 million for an indoor rainforest in Iowa.

$18,000 for a smoking booth at a private New Jersey airport.

$200,000 for a peanut festival in Alabama

$200 million to build a bridge from Ketchikan, Alaska to a nearby island with 50 inhabitants.

$1 million for the B.B. King Museum in Indianola

$300,000 to construct the Great Falls Parking Garage in Auburn, Maine

$ 240,000 for potato storage research in Madison, Wisconsin


Granted, a Congressman's job is to look out for his state first. But Delay was speaking for the Federal Government as a whole, and the mere fact that he can publicly announce something to blatantly false (and stupid) is simply absurd. But when there's no checks and balances in a Government dominated by one party, why not say it?

The Congressional Republicans and the Bush Administration are like smash-and-grabbers who run into a store, take everything they can hold and run out before the police come or the manager shoots them. And we are all left to foot the bill through higher prices.

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