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March 04, 2009

Bond’s ‘pork’ helped KC

The Star’s editorial “And now, a few awards for some Kansas City dramas” (2/22, Opinion) was the latest in a long line of disappointing commentary. It’s baffling that The Star’s editorial writers fail to see the difference in the local works projects that our elected officials, such as Sen. Kit Bond, secure for our communities and a trillion-dollar spending bill.

I think families who have jobs because of the senator’s so-called “pork” for the IRS Service Center, Whittaker Courthouse, National Archives, city bus system and Paseo Bridge may disagree. Those projects were made possible because of the pork Sen. Bond secured that The Star likes to criticize.

Thanks, Sen. Bond, for your common-sense Missouri values, recognition of excessive governmental spending, and all you have done and continue to do for our hardworking and taxpaying citizens.

Robert “Bud” Hertzog
Lee’s Summit

Comments

Engineer

Roger Lambert
Actually, the States build the Interstate Highway system components within their State. The Federal Government comes up with most of the money and sets construction standards. In general, the State has to provide the rights-of-way.

Roger Lambert

I couldn't remember which bridge had the interstates. I'll take your word on the Paseo. In that case, I would argue that the bridge is a federal responsibility to build and maintain, hence not an earmark.

The earmarks that are killing us are when federal money is being spent on state and local responsibilities. It is out of control.

solomon

I-29 AND I-35 go over the Paseo Bridge.

Engineer

Obama promised "no earmarks" and there are only 9000 or so in the current bill. It appears that "earmarks" are just a fact of life in our political system. Perhaps the best we can hope for is that they all, or most, serve a useful purpose.

Roger Lambert

I don't think an IRS office, a federal courthouse, or a National Archives are pork. They are federal buildings that should be paid for by the federal government.

The city bus system? That's pork. It should be the city or county's responsibility to pay for it. The Paseo Bridge, unless it's part of an interstate highway, should be a state responsibility. (I can't remember if I-35 goes over the Paseo Bridge or not.)

The real problem with earmarks, IMO, is that once senators start taking federal money for local projects, then every senator wants to do the same thing. Then, we end up with 9,000 earmarks like we have in the current stimulus bill.

I would prefer to have no earmarks for state and local functions.

Marctnts

"...fail to see the difference in the local works projects that our elected officials, such as Sen. Kit Bond, secure for our communities and a trillion-dollar spending bill."

This guys letter is classic. Remember, it's only pork when the other guy gets it.

TinaMcG

Tip O'Neill said "All politics is local". So, apparently, is the definition of "pork". I have no problem with a lot of these spending projects because what's good for one state is good for the whole country.

 
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