Poor Trent Lott. The Porkbusters gang is causing him to flip his lid.
“I’ll just say this about the so-called porkbusters. I’m getting damn tired of hearing from them. They have been nothing but trouble ever since Katrina. We in Mississippi have not asked for more than we deserve. We’ve been very reasonable.”
Nearly $300 million worth of repairs to the line were just completed in January, financed by CSX Railroad and its insurance company. No word yet on how CSX or its insurance company feel about the plan favored by Lott and his fellow Mississippi Republican Senator Thad Cochran to tear up the tracks and replace them with a highway to serve the heavily populated coastal region.
Coburn thinks the project is a perfect example of the sort of wasteful spending that has poisoned the national political process. He told AP:
“It is ludicrous for the Senate to spend $700 million to destroy and relocate a rail line that is in perfect working order, particularly when it recently underwent a … repair.”
Citizens Against Government Waste’s Tom Schatz is no more impressed than Coburn, telling AP:
“For $700 million, the Congress could certainly do a lot more to help people that are still without homes. It’s certainly unclear what this has to do with an emergency. It sounds like a wish list from the senators from Mississippi.”
CAGW just released the latest version of its annual Pig Book.
It was Lott who last week used a legislative technicality to kill a Coburn amendment to another spending bill that would have required the Office of Management and Budget in the White House to establish a comprehensive public database of all government grants, including extensive information about the recipients and the purposes of each grant.
Well, Trent, if you and your GOP buddies walked the walk instead of just talking the “smaller government, fiscal restraint” talk, you wouldn’t be having a fiscal colonoscopy. Personally, I hope the scope goes all the way up your G.I. tract and out your lying mouths.