Yet Another Silly Example

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Wednesday, August 13, 2003

Yet Another Silly Example

Here's another example of wasteful spending by our federal government.

For many years, the Daniel Boone Parkway has connected two eastern Kentucky towns - London and Hazard (yes, that Hazard, as in the Dukes of Hazard). It's been a toll road. People who use it get to pay for it.

But Republican Congressman Hal Rogers managed to squeeze $13 million from the strapped budget to eliminate the toll. Now, instead of people who use the road paying for it, people who never use the road will be paying for it.

The state was apparently so grateful for the money that they took Daniel Boone's name off the highway and named it after Congressman Rogers. Nothing against the eleven-term Congressman Rogers, but Daniel Boone's reputation has long been established. The legacy of the congressman has yet to be determined.

Beyond the silliness of naming highways after politicians, why must the taxpayers fund a small parkway only a few of us will ever use?

I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.

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