Have you ever been to Massachusetts? I have on a couple of occasions — and I can’t tell you how many times I had conversations with with whalers who expressed a desire to look up their ancestors in Alaska and Hawaii — if only they had the money to do so.

Somebody in Congress recognized that the effort would be worth $8.7 million taxpayer dollars — but fortunately it was harpooned:

A group of conservative Republican congressmen is claiming a victory in the battle against wasteful Washington spending.

The self-dubbed “Sunset Caucus” pressured congressional Democrats to eliminate $8.7 million for a “cultural exchange program” to connect whalers in Massachusetts with their whaling ancestors in Alaska and Hawaii.

The spending was to have been included in the appropriations bill for the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Departments. The U.S. House of Representatives began considering the bill on Friday.

“It’s one small step for taxpayers, one giant step for common sense,” said Rep. Kevin Brady, who co-chairs the Sunset Caucus with Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah.)

Since when do Democrats promote whaling? Since somebody figured out that there could be millions of dollars in it, that’s when.

The people in Washington who push this stuff really need their blowholes plugged (put your own Barney Frank joke here).

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