September 19, 2005

Who Ya Gonna Call?

I see where the Puppy Blender and N.Z. Bear have put together a PorkBusters Page, the idea being to gather examples of governmental spending waste and then, presumably, apply political pressure to do something about them.

Well, color me a bit cynical, but good luck with that. It's one thing to post horror stories on the 'net and something very different to follow through with political action afterwards. Also, people who may be against massive spending in principle might very well have a different opinion when it comes to such spending aimed at their own selves. And because of the way the Congressional budget process works, elected representatives are perfectly poised to decry the former while ensuring that the latter is kept up. (This, btw, isn't a Republican vs. Democrat thing. Rather, it's an incumbancy protection racket.) Given the size of the problem, I can't help thinking this project is perhaps a bit on the Quixotic side.

Then again, I remember Eddie Chiles' radio campaign back in the late 70's. It, too, started out small - an eccentric crank spouting off - but captured and crystalized the mood of popular unrest, at least in my neck of the woods. And, of course, there was the late Howard Jarvis. Sometimes it really just does take one voice shouting "Stop!" to bring about results.

So who knows?

UPDATE: Let me make clear that this is just a snap impression. I need to think on this a bit more.

Posted by Robert at September 19, 2005 12:09 PM | TrackBack

I made an effort to find out what my congressional district and my senators had signed up for in the transportationn bill (pork that is). I remember seeing on C-Span funds to plant flowers on the freeways of Texas and California... Color me an internet incompetant but, if anyone can help me find out EXACTLY what will be coming to the State of New York and the 1st congressional district, I would be happy to write my Sentors and Congressman and ask them to send the money to the gulf states.

Posted by: b at September 19, 2005 02:46 PM

Oh yes the hurricane disaster happens a disaster releif gose out ladden with pork just whats with these idiots why do they want to waste our money on such redilous things as bike paths?

Posted by: spurwing plover at September 24, 2005 05:07 PM