Via Coyote Blog, I see that Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) has issued an entertaining list of abysmal, corrupt, wasteful stimulus projects that the government will be paying for with your tax dollars. For instance:
Optima Lake is in line to receive $1.15 million in federal stimulus money to construct a new guardrail for a lake that does not exist.
The guardrail is needed for “public safety,” says the Army Corps of Engineers, but there is not much of the public around to protect. Because the lake has never filled with water it is all but useless to potential visitors.
Coburn has built a reputation for fighting pork, and memorably tangled with Ted Stevens in 2005, leading to Stevens furiously threatening to resign if his pet projects were killed. He's also fought for more a more transparent budget process so that pork — and earmarks — are easier to detect.
I like all this. I like identifying wasteful government spending and exposing those who seek it to ridicule and political consequences.
But can someone explain to me why, in modern America, if I want someone to fight for fiscal responsibility, someone willing to scrap with corrupt parasites like Ted Stevens, I've got to take it bundled with a passel of nutjob-level social conservatism, with freakish paranoia about lesbians invading Oklahoma and driving schoolgirls from bathrooms, and freaking out about showing Schindler's List on television, and praising Cuba's approach to AIDS?
Why the hell don't I have more decent options to get my fiscal conservatism on its own, without the social authoritarian baggage?
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