Last month I wrote about a $20 million earmark for an educational institute honoring late Senator Ted Kennedy. That’s bad enough, but at the time I didn’t know where the money was coming from.
From the Washington Times:
Senators diverted $2.6 billion in funds in a defense spending bill to pet projects largely at the expense of accounts that pay for fuel, ammunition and training for U.S. troops, including those fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to an analysis.
Among the 778 such projects, known as earmarks, packed into the bill: $25 million for a new World War II museum at the University of New Orleans and $20 million to launch an educational institute named after the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat.
Technically the Senate’s excuse could be that the money is staying within the military because Kennedy’s main legacy falls under the “navy” umbrella, but it’s maddening that the money is coming from one of the few areas into which the federal government should be pumping plenty of money.
If there’s going to be an “educational institute” named after Ted Kennedy (Lesson plan, day one: Don’t ride in any vehicle with a Kennedy), let the Kennedys pay for it… not the U.S. military.
Amazing. We’ve got troops at increasing risk in Afghanistan, a president dragging his heels on sending the requested assistance, and the Senate is diverting troop funding in order to honor somebody who killed a woman and spent the rest of his life trying to atone for it by spending everybody else’s money while being a serial philanderer.