More Love than Tough Love for Pork Senator Ted Stevens?
Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska was indicted this week on multiple corruption charges involving failure to disclose benefits he received from government contractors. Stevens is known as a pork barrel money specialist, bringing into his state $1.84 in federal spending for each $1.00 in taxes paid by Alaskans. This works out to $4,783 in earmark appropriations per Alaskan – 18 times the national average. That’s our money being wasted, folks. The reaction of many Alaskans to the indictment is: “Who cares what he has been charged with – he has brought us a lot of money – and we want to keep it coming.” This response falls under the old adage – “he may be a crook but at least he’s our crook.”
Based on recent history, Alaska is jam-packed with politicians with suspect ethics. (Stevens’ son has also been scrutinized.) Louisiana must be loving this because it has long been known as the corruption capital – at least down here in the South.
I don’t know about you but I don’t care what state it is – bridges to nowhere are not in the public interest and I don’t want my tax dollars used to pay for them. I hope that if Stevens is found guilty that it will stop the torrential flow of federal money into the state – at least for a while.