October 22, 2005

Credit where credit is due.

last week saw a bit of a showdown on pork barrel politics; the Bridge to Nowhere, the Coburn Amendment. Some dared to raise their voice against the pork barrel. RedState:
Thirteen senators had the courage to vote for keeping the amendment alive, including Coburn himself. George Allen of Virginia, Richard Burr of North Carolina, Jim DeMint of South Carolina, John Ensign of Nevada, Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, Jon Kyl of Arizona, John McCain of Arizona, Jeff Sessions of Alabama, John Sununu of New Hampshire, and Jim Talent of Missouri all deserve great credit for their principled stand.
Senator Hagel, you did the right thing. I realize I've been a little hard on Senator Hagel for undermining the Bush Administration's foreign policy. His constant likening of the War on Terror to Viet-Nam, to the point you think he wants us to get whipped in Iraq or somewhere. Well, he had it coming. Same as he has a little recognition coming for his recent stand against the pork.

I also want to credit Senator Hagel for getting his name in the local Omaha fishwrap on Friday when he wouldn't stick up for a pork barrel parking lot at Omaha's Joslyn Art Museum. The measly $7.5 Million chunk of pork was defended so viciously by Down Town art patrons and their ilk, you'd think they never got any. Thats what I'd like to see more of: hungry tax consumers, fighting over scraps.

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