Today's Seattle Times reports that our local congressional delegation has pulled in billions of dollars of federal spending, much of it textbook examples of pork barrel idiocy
There's $240,000 for an undersea museum in Keyport, Kitsap County, $121,250 for improvements to a former vaudeville theater in Bellinghamand
• $1 million for a proposed Seattle trolley line from downtown's Westlake Center to South Lake Union. Democratic Sen. Patty Murray secured $1 million for this project in previous appropriations, and it's seen as an important step forward for Mayor Greg Nickels' plan for the area.not to mention:
• $500,000 to restore the former Cooper School into a cultural center and artist housing in Seattle's Delridge area. "We're thrilled," said Philippa Nye, project manager of the Delridge Neighborhoods Development AssociationSome of us are not thrilled.
And don't get me started on the $84 million that the feds are blowing on the Sound Transit boondoggle:
Of that amount, $80 million will go toward funding construction of the Central Link light rail. Another $4 million will be used for the Sounder commuter rail programThe Sounder, recall, only serves about 300 rides per day between Everett and Seattle and another 3,000 rides per day between Seattle and Tacoma (according to a Sound Transit spokesman). Those are one-way rides, so cut those numbers in half to arrive at the numbers of commuters making round trips on Sounder every day: 1,650. The federal subsidy is $2,424 per commuter.
Oink! Oink!Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at November 30, 2004 11:07 AM | Email This