From an editorial in The Wall Street Journal:
Half-Baked in AlaskaThe Journal goes on to suggest that it's the responsibility of Alaska's voters to run this bunch of crooks out of office. I beg to differ. This cries out for immediate action. Every one of these sunsabichas (all Republicans, by the way) should be imprisoned. On their island. No bridge. No paddle.
Arguably one of the most followed spending stories of 2005 was the "Bridge to Nowhere." This planned $223 million span, which bubbled up from the congressional swamps, was made infamous by the fact it would connect the city of Ketchikan to an island with only 50 residents. First it was up, then it was down. Well in Alaska, you can't keep a good bridge down.
Notwithstanding the outrage over federal spending such as this after Hurricane Katrina, Alaska's junta of leading politicians is determined to have their bridges. Earlier this month Governor Murkowski proposed a downpayment of $91 million on the project -- to be built with federal, albeit non-earmarked, dollars of course. Some $94 million was allocated for another bridge to be called Don Young's Way, after the state's only Congressman.
What's especially suspicious here is that Governor Murkowski's wife Nancy and three of her siblings own 33 acres of land on the island that would benefit from the first bridge. A relative of Mr. Young's, meanwhile, owns land that would benefit from the second. [my emphasis] (link requires subscription)