Friday, October 21, 2005

Cheers for Tom Coburn

Yesterday Senator Tom Coburn twice took to the Senate floor to fight spending earmarks of dubious value, in both cases Coburn lost by wide margins and the Senate approved additional, wasteful spending despite the nation's large fiscal deficit.

In the first case Coburn spoke against a taxpayer funded sculpture garden in Washington state. In the second case Coburn suggested that instead of building a $223 million, federally funded bridge to an island in Alaska inhabited by only 50 people, our nation instead spends that money rebuilding the bridge from New Orleans north across Lake Pontchartrain.

Coburn's attempt to reign in spending should be applauded. While these projects are only small drops in a very large federal budget, they are, or would have been, a good start.

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