POSTED: Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 5:06pm
UPDATED: Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 4:15pm
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — This headline was in the Washington Post this morning:
"Mitch McConnell closes the deal ..Again."
He's like John McCain, a left-wing darling.
The Post says McConnell was right in the middle of the deal-making about the budget. You kept hearing about a clean continuing resolution.
Well, come to find out, it wasn't that clean, at all. It was full of pork.
For his trouble, McConnell gets an almost $3-billion dam project in his home state of Kentucky for sealing the deal. It's being called the "Kentucky kickback."
Here we are $17-trillion in the hole with a $6-trillion deficit. The budget bill was not about spending any more money. But, old Washington, D.C., won.
There is not a nickel's worth of difference between McConnell and Harry Reid.
A recent investigation by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch found that the project has run millions of dollars over budget and should have been completed, "years ago." The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimates that the project will not be fully complete until 2024.
McConnell's spokesman dodged a question about the funding provision when asked by local radio affiliate WFPL.
"Senators (Diane) Feinstein and (Lamar) Alexander, the chair and ranking member of the energy and water subcommittee, worked on the issue and can help you," spokesman Robert Steurer told the station.
Also porking up the place, former senator and now deceased senator Frank Lautenberg's widow gets $174,000 In Senate Budget Bill. Some senators are feigning outrage after finding out about both the widow's money and the dam project.
But, they voted anyway. One senator who was faking outrage actually told a reporter, this is why folks hate us.
That's my point of view, what's yours?
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