Tubemeister Guilty Only Cuz He Cares!
Yes, yes, "Tubes" Stevens has finally admitted putting a secret hold on the leetle tiny Senate proposal to have a website where you could see what crooks are taking all your tax dollars.
But it's not what you think, really! The senator famous for his bold and principled projects -- like that $200-million bridge that didn't actually go anywhere -- is just trying to crack down on wasteful government spending!
That's because the publicly accessible Google-style online database is going to cost $4 million over the next two years and up to $11 million between now and 2011. Stevens needs that money for Alaska, where he plans to spend it on a new coffee maker for a loyal supporter in Juneau.
TPM Muckraker reports this afternoon:
The Congressional Budget Office has calculated that Coburn's proposal would cost "$4 million in 2007 and about $15 million [total] over the 2007-2011 period." By comparison, Stevens -- who's been called the "King of Pork" by one government watchdog -- was recently publicly lambasted for his appropriation of more than $200 million for the so-called "Bridge to Nowhere," which would link Ketchikan, Alaska (population 8,900) with its airport on Gravina Island (population 50).Now that Mr. Obviously Guilty has 'fessed up, the mystery is solved. Right?
Uh, maybe not. New gossip going around today suggests there's a big-spending Dem with a hold on S. 2590, too.
Preliminary suspects are Robert "Exalted Cyclops" Byrd and (gasp!) Harry Reid.
Reid is a co-sponsor of the bill, yet his office has taken the utterly bizarre tack of refusing to comment. Yes, Nevada is almost as big of a federal-welfare baby as Alaska, but is this an early example of the minority leader's strategery of winning back the Senate?
Bill's Cost Troubled Me, Pork King Says [TPM Muckraker]
Stevens is Smoked Out [Cox Newspapers]