Alex's Outlook

Friday, April 02, 2004

Southerners revolt against pork-infested GOP bill 

The Republican representatives from Florida and Georgia (27 members) as well as assorted other Southern representatives balked at the $275 billion highway bill. Since the House wants a veto-proof margin (Bush is going to veto anything over $256b), it called off the vote. Unfortunately, since the revolt is about how much of the pie they want to get, not whether there should be such a porked up bill in the first place, Transportation Committee Chairman Don Young will probably just throw them a little more money to gain their support. After all, if two robbers start fighting over the share of the loot, that doesn't mean they're going to stop stealing.

Pork issues aside, the bill benefits Democrats more than Republicans, thanks to Young's incompetence, corruption, or both.


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