One aspect of the rise of blogging that troubles me is that any jamoke with a modem can take up punditry and bloviate on topics about which he/she knows nothing.
For instance, This jerk calls me a 'dumbfuck' because I cited an NPR interview with two research scientists reporting on their studies of global warming/climate change.
The Jerk says, NPR is equivalent to The Natonal Enquirer in reputation and reliablilty, and he resents his tax dollars being spent to support it.
Tax dollars spent on NPR or PBS meets with my approval anyday. The Jerk would say I am a typical tax and spend liberal. Maybe.
But Republicans are in power these days. Remember? Bush was selected.
The Republicans in charge, while not using tax dollars to support NPR, the Arts, heath care, pay our dues to the UN, etc. have approved handouts to these esteemed projects.
$725,000 for the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia;
$1.8 million for the Women's World Cup tournament;
$325,000 for the construction of a swimming pool in Salinas, Calif.;
$220,000 for the New Mexico Retail Association in Albuquerque;
$270,000 for "sustainable olive production";
$400,000 for the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Ky.;
$2 million for the First Tee golf program in St. Augustine, Fla.;
$315,000 for Formosan Subterranean Termite research;
$270,000 for potato storage in Madison, Wis.
Of course pork projects are as old as the constitution and know loyalty to political party. But, five years ago under Clinton [ boo ! hiss! ]there were fewer than 2,000 pork projects.
What Bush did was give tax cuts to the rich and borrow money--money that we, or our children one day will have to repay-- in order to fund favored Repuboican programs including more than 9,300 pork projects.
Long, long ago, in what now seems like a galaxy far, far away, Republicans opposed this kind of fiscal gluttony. The GOP was the party of budgetary sobriety -- the party that believed in local responsibility for local budgets and that didn't raid the federal treasury to buy off special interests. Back then, Republicans criticized Democratic profligacy. Now they seek to outdo it.--The Boston Globe.