Well, it interests me for a number of reasons.
A Tale of Two Trust FundsThese three paragraphs actually touch on several topics I've made mention of in recent days, including one this morning involving Rick Boucher's obsession with the development of tourism in Southwest Virginia. I understand the man has no business experience and, being a Democrat, is required to be opposed to corporate enterprise in all its forms. But his promoting bike paths and now horse trails is goofy. How many jobs does he actually think he's going to create with such expenditures?
By JOHN TIERNEY
Don't be discouraged by this week's report that traffic congestion is worse than ever across America. Relief is on the way from Congress, thanks to one of the designated 3,800 "high-priority projects" in the new highway bill. It's a new transit system guaranteed to free you from bumper-to-bumper traffic, as long as you have a horse.
This addition to the nation's transportation infrastructure is the brainchild of Representative Rick Boucher, a Democrat from the southwestern Virginia mountains that Daniel Boone traversed on the way to Kentucky. Mr. Boucher secured $750,000 of highway money for the "construction of horse trails and assorted facilities" in Jefferson National Forest.
When I expressed doubts to Mr. Boucher that these new horse trails would ease traffic on the roads, he replied, "That's fair to say." He didn't expect any commuters to use them. But he insisted this really wasn't an unusual use of money from the highway trust fund, and he had a point. (link)
In addition, I have, on a number of occasions, brought to the attention of the reader the waste in the out-of-control federal budget. Boucher, doing his part to contribute to that waste, has submitted an expenditure of $750,000 for horse trails in a highway bill for God's sake.
Finally, there is Boucher's cavalier attitude toward his role as an employee of the people of this district and toward the hard-earned tax revenue we have been forced to provide him and the federal government. "When I expressed doubts to Mr. Boucher that these new horse trails would ease traffic on the roads, he replied, 'That's fair to say.'" "... he insisted this really wasn't an unusual use of money from the highway trust fund..."
The man has been in Washington far too long. It's time he was sent crawling back to Abingdon to find himself, if there is any justice in this world, having to make choices - like we do - between our grandchildrens' college education and his bloody horse trails.