by John Hawkins | July 19, 2007 7:48 am
If you want to know what’s wrong with the Republican Party, as much as anything, it’s that we have too many guys like Don Young in Congress,
“Rep. Don Young attacked his fellow Republicans on the House floor Wednesday, as he defended education funds allocated to his home-state of Alaska.
“You want my money, my money,” Young stridently declared before warning conservatives that, “Those who bite me will be bitten back.”
Young took extreme exception to an amendment by Rep. Scott Garrett (R-N.J.) to strike money in a spending bill for native Alaskan and Hawaiian educational programs.
Conservatives have stoked the ire of their fellow Republicans for years by challenging federal spending, both broadly and on specific projects. But it’s rare that their GOP colleagues express that displeasure openly on the floor.
During his brief tirade Wednesday, Young suggested Republicans lost their majority because Garrett, whom he did not specifically name, and others had challenged spending during the GOP’s tenure. He also had disparaging things to say about the great state of New Jersey – home to The Sopranos and Bon Jovi.
And lest we forget, Young, who used to chair the House Transportation Committee, is responsible for the so-called “Bridge to Nowhere,” a proposed span connecting Ketchikan, Alaska, with the tiny island of Gravina that would have cost $315 million — and eventually came to symbolize profligate spending under Republican rule.”
Don Young, you power drunk, tub of dog crap, it ain’t your money, pal. It’s our money and we’re sick of you and your Democratic pals siphoning it off to buy votes and butter up contributors on the sly.
People like Scott Garrett, Mike Pence, and John Shadegg aren’t the problem; they’re the solution. They haven’t been corrupted by the system in the same way that pretty much all the Democrats and far too many Republicans like Don Young have been. To the contrary, they’re looking out for the American people and filling the role that conservatives expect from the GOP.
But Don Young, he’s a disgrace to government and nearly as dirty as guys like Duke Cunningham and William Jefferson in my book. The only difference is that guys like Young are smart enough to buy votes and enrich themselves within the law. That doesn’t make them good guys; it just means that they have a gift for corruption and finding loopholes in the system.
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