Thursday, June 02, 2005
My friend Katie from A Constrained Vision (along with AEI co-worker and past Cato Institute policy analyst Veronique de Rugy) has had a column printed in the Washington Times. And its on a subject dear to my heart, the latest highway bill sailing through Congress. From the article:
Congress constantly uses the Department of Transportation's (DOT) budget as a pot of money to deliver pork-barrel projects of dubious value. In 1982, the highway bill contained 10 earmarks that cost taxpayers $362 million. In the 1991 ISTEA, the number of special interest projects increased to 538 and cost $6.23 billion, figures that pale in comparison to this year's estimated 3,700 pork projects at a price of $12 billion. For instance, the bill includes $3 million for the National Packard Museum in Warren, Ohio; $1.5 million for the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich.; and $14 million for the Children's Museum in Indianapolis. It also includes a $100 million bridge to connect two tiny towns in South Carolina, even though the state's own governor, Mark Sanford, has questioned the project's worth.Congratulations Katie! I told her that I bet she will soon admit to being a libertarian.