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The Railroad to Nowhere

Posted by Demian Brady - April 05, 2006

Sen Trent Lott is sick and tired of the porkbusters:
"I'll just say this about the so-called porkbusters. I'm getting damn tired of hearing from them. They have been nothing but trouble ever since Katrina," he said. "We in Mississippi have not asked for more than we deserve. We've been very reasonable."
The Senator is busy rebuffing efforts to derail the latest pork outrage: a $700 million railroad project he added to an emergency spending bill that is meant to fund hurricane victims and the military efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The $700 million would be used to by a rail line from CSX in Lott's home state of Mississippi.

This track, it turns out, was recently repaired at a cost of $300 million after it was damaged by Katrina. Local Mississippi officials want to tear up the newly-fixed railroad and use the land for a new highway and waterfront development. The rail line is supposed to be rebuilt somewhere else. But late last year, the Mississippi Governor's Commission, noted that re-location of the rail line, with a cost of $795 million, "is no longer seen as practical." That is the advantage of an earmark: with a few well-placed connections you don't need to worry about funding a project that is not practical, not an emergency, and is not for hurricane-related reconstruction.

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Percy said on Apr 05 2006 at 1:16pm
I expect Senator Coburn will be leading the charge against this!

Trent's shrink said on Apr 05 2006 at 1:30pm
Oh, Trent, poor boy. Sorry that people wanting to see the money THEY earn spent wisely upsets you so.

Ojibwe Lott said on Apr 05 2006 at 1:40pm
Sometimes I go about in pity for myself, and all the while, I dole Great Pork across the country.

Taxpayers said on Apr 05 2006 at 2:44pm
Open Letter to Congress: Stop. No, seriously, just stop.

Porkbuster said on Apr 13 2006 at 4:36pm
Trent Lott is a big spender on another "Railroad to Nowhere" -- Amtrak. The big-spending spender who mows down taxpayers just to please railroad unions cannot honestly call himself a conservative.

TollsCreateGridlock said on Apr 27 2006 at 6:12am
Congressman John Mica - a member of the House DOT committee is working on another railroad to nowhere for Central Florida. With conservatives like these, who needs liberals?!?! Please note that these PORKERS are ready to add toll taxes to our Interstate Highway system because we don't have the money to fund the maintenance and expansion. HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF SUCH A SCAM!! THEY SHOULD ALL BE IMPEACHED!!! HIGHWAY ROBBERY AT ITS BEST!!

TollsCreateGridlock said on Apr 27 2006 at 6:14am