Who says politicians in Washington don’t love the war?
House Democratic leaders are offering billions in federal funds for lawmakers’ pet projects large and small to secure enough votes this week to pass an Iraq funding bill that would end the war next year.
What are some of the projects? Here are just a couple:
For Rep. Sam Farr (D-Calif.), there is $25 million for spinach growers hurt by last year’s E. coli scare. For three conservative Democrats in Georgia, there is $75 million for peanut storage. For lawmakers from the bone-dry West, there is $500 million for wildfire suppression. An additional $120 million is earmarked for shrimp and Atlantic menhaden fishermen.
For more than a year, Rep. Charles Boustany Jr. (R) has tried unsuccessfully to secure federal funds to prevent salt water from intruding on rice fields in his lowland Louisiana district. So it came as a surprise last week when Boustany found $15 million in the House’s huge war spending bill for his rice farmers. He hadn’t even asked that the bill include it.
It’s refreshing to see such unwavering and undistracted support for our brave men and women in the military, and that a vote concerning their deployment or lack thereof can depend upon whether or not there’s enough cash in the bill to build a friggin’ peanut storehouse in Georgia.
If there are greater patriots than our elected representatives in Washington, we have yet to see them.