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Published:May 2nd, 2008 02:39 EST
Sen. John McCain Should Stop Dissing Alaska

Sen. John McCain Should Stop Dissing Alaska

By Robert Paul Reyes

During Sen. John McCain's Thursday morning appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" McCain said "so what if that bridge in Alaska doesn't get built."  Joe replied, "Exactly".

 

Politicians deliver hundreds of speeches in the course of a campaign, but their stump speech varies little from locale to locale. John McCain tells the same stale jokes at every campaign stop, and he always mentions the $223 million "Bridge to Nowhere" a structure that would reach 80 people on Gravina Island, Alaska.

I think it's time for McCain to use another example to illustrate the pervasive pork barrel spending in Congress. Here are just a few examples of pork barrel spending that McCain could mention:

*$107,000 to study the sex life of the Japanese quail.
*$150,000 to study the Hatfield-McCoy feud
*$84,000 to find out why people fall in love.
*$1 million to study why people don't ride their bikes to work
*$19 million to examine gas emissions from cow flatulence.
*144,000 to see if pigeons follow human economic laws.
*Funds to study the cause of rudeness on tennis courts.
*$160,000 to study if you can hex an opponent by drawing an "X" on his chest.
*$100,000 to study how to avoid falling spacecraft.

Courtesy of: http://www.areddy.net/mscott/porkabs.html

I imagine the good citizens of Alaska are sick and tired of their state being used as an example of costly earmarks.

I was born and raised in San Francisco and I cringe whenever conservative politicians use my beloved City by the Bay as an example of permissiveness run amuck. I refuse to vote for any politician, of any political stripe, who mocks the most beautiful city in the world.

Yo, John McCain: Stop dissing the good people of Alaska