Perfect example of "earmarked" pork-barrel spending by the U.S. Congress.... at American taxpayers' federal tax expense!
Where did Congress-members get the idea that all taxpayers throughout the country should have to foot the bill for pet projects in various states. A state is supposed to fund its special projects and studies---that are for the benefit of its state citizens and the state's economy---itself. Or the citizens and businesses within the state can raise or donate the money for those extras that are not the responsibility of the federal government.
Hat tip to Cox and Forkum for political 'toon. You will also want to read their posted column based on a WashingtonPost article about this Congressional boondoggle to federally benefit the state of Mississippi---without the full and knowing approval of the American people.
This is what it's about:
From Washington Post: Miss. Lawmakers Advance State Project. (via Tapscott's Copy Desk where there's more)
"The high-octane Mississippi Senate delegation is using a mammoth bill funding hurricane relief and the war in Iraq to have taxpayers foot the $700 million bill for a rail line along Mississippi's Gulf Coast.
But there's a catch. The track in question, owned by CSX Transportation and damaged by Hurricane Katrina, has already been repaired at a cost of $300 million.
Now, Mississippi GOP Sens. Thad Cochran and Trent Lott want to tear up the just-rebuilt track -- which divides virtually every city and town along the state's coast -- and use the land to build a much-needed highway along the congested coastline...." More at coxandforkum.