It's interesting that on March 24, 2008, in a column for The Beaufort Gazette, U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson railed against earmarks and specifically denounced the funding for "the bridge to nowhere" in Alaska.
Now, almost exactly three years later, at a time of rampant budget cutting, I read in Sunday's paper that he has voted to resurrect and re-fund this same outrageous earmark.
I am curious as to why Wilson and other Republican lawmakers would support this notorious congressional earmark from 2005 with then-projected costs of $400 million (probably more now). The bridge would link mainland Alaska with an island that is home to 50 people in what The Washington Post called "a national symbol of out-of-control pork."
Does Wilson have an answer? I thought funding earmarks were an anathema to Republicans in these days of rampant budget cutting.
Barbara Temple Lady's Island