Tom DeLay, House Majority Leader, cannot seem to find any more fat in the Federal Budget.
Aside for being a COMPLETE IDIOT for just thinking that, he had to come out in public and actually say it where others could hear the comment.
Mr. DeLay also had to compliment Republican leadership in being able to rid the Federal Budget of Pork.
"My answer to those that want to offset the spending is sure, bring me the offsets, I'll be glad to do it. But nobody has been able to come up with any yet,"
"Yes, after 11 years of Republican majority we've pared it down pretty good."
Take for example a 'Bridge to Nowhere' that will be built in Alaska with Government funds. The cost to all of us will be $250 million. All this to a state that does not have a state income tax. What else is Alaska getting in Government funds? I bet that Mr. Delay can find no shortage of money going up there that can be used for better things, if no other other than to cut Federal Spending.
Now I do not want to hear that people cannot live up there without this funding from the Government because nobody is forcing them to stay there. They can move south and join the rest of us. This would appease the tree-huggers who want to protect Alaska's nature.
Then we have the current disaster area of Louisiana which as we are now learning gets more Federal money for Army Corp of Engineer Projects than any other state (including California.) Of course we hear in the news that the President cut funding for levee upgrades. What he actually did was cut additional funding. We all know that Mary Landrieu thought the funding for Levees was very important, but still went out to fetch this other pork for her state. As a sign of bipartisanship, MR. DeLay could have asked/discussed with her colleges in the House better ways to use money slated for LA. (This still leaves open the question if the levee upgrades were so important, why didn't the state pay for it?)
I do not need to provide examples for every state. There are plenty of sources on the net that document Pork Spending. A quick look will tell you that there is still plenty being wasted.
So if House Majority Leader Tom DeLay still cannot find any pork to cut from the budget, then I suggest he step aside so that someone who can find pork can replace hiim. From what I heard him say, his job is done. Perhaps this issue just needs a set of fresh eyes.
Alaska's 'bridges to nowhere' add to national political storm - Fairbanks Daily News Miner
Money Flowed to Questionable Projects - Washington Post
Another Omnibus Spending Bill Loaded with Pork - Heritage Foundation