April 28, 2006
With so many in Congress fixated on gas prices, let’s talk spending, specifically wasteful congressional spending.
A recent earmark by a member of the New York Congressional delegation will send $100,000 to the city of Rome, New York for the construction of a community relations center. Shouldn’t be the job of state and local government and not Washington?
There’s more, unfortunately.
Hurricane Katrina relief is going to places that weren’t damaged by last summer’s killer storm. Among those to receive money that is supposed to go to legitimate hurricane victims are: the Bronx council on the arts, the Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University and the Rhode Island School of Design.
The Washington Times reported on Monday that these are some of dozens of institutions that will share billions of dollars Congress appropriated to repair devastation in New Orleans and along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Do you care about this? You should. It’s your tax money you just paid.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.