Monday, August 20, 2007

Tidal Pork

Funds intended to help rebuild coastal communities devastated by Katrina are instead helping to build developments featuring million dollar condos in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, according to this week's Capitol Journal:

What some find particularly galling about that state of affairs is that Tuscaloosa is about 200 miles from the coast and sustained only scattered damage from Katrina, and while wealthy developers and investors are reaping the benefits of GO Zone there, those in coastal areas most devastated by Katrina haven't been able to take advantage of GO Zone because their rebuilding efforts have been hampered by disorganization and bureaucratic red tape. "It's a joke," said one Tuscaloosa developer. "It was supposed to be about getting people...to put housing in New Orleans, LOUISIANA, or Biloxi, MISSISSIPPI. It was not about condos in Tuscaloosa."

Evidently, this misuse of taxpayer funds is aided and abetted by U.S. Senator Richard Shelby, a pro-pork Republican. A decade and a half ago, Senator Shelby helped cement the Republican majority in the Senate by switching over to the GOP. Thus, it is ironic that he now supports pro-pork policies that have helped return the party to minority status in Washington.

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