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Thursday, December 22, 2005

PORKBUSTERS UPDATE: "Bridges to Nowhere" Bait and Switch Injures Credibility of Congress


Dr. Ron Utt, a Senior Research Fellow in The Heritage Foundation's Roe Institute, has a new web memo this morning arguing that politicians have undermined the victories against pork barrel spending gained earlier this year by removing the "Bridge to Nowhere" earmarks.

Something is being lost in the process that is even more important than the hundreds of millions of tax dollars that will still end up building the two bridges in Alaska, according to Utt:

"It is certain that these projects are a waste of federal taxpayers' money, but perhaps even more damaging is the appearance of insincerity and cynicism that this episode exposes. The public has grown increasingly skeptical about the integrity of the legislative process, and the appearance of a bait-and-switch on the bridges will not help Congress to restore its credibility."

Sometimes it appears the GOP majority in Congress is determined to pork barrel its way right out of power.

Go here for the rest of the Utt piece.