You need read no further than the first four words of the following text:
Pigs in the trough on Capitol Hill
Washington D.C. Examiner editorial
Pathetic. Craven. Irresponsible. Unprincipled. Those and similar adjectives apply to every member of Congress who voted for the bloated, anti-consumer piece of legislative corruption known as the Food and Energy Conservative Act of 2008 a k a as “the farm bill.” President Bush has promised to veto the bill. To put it plainly, everybody in Congress who votes to override the coming Bush veto should be retired come November because they will have voted for a measure that is nothing more -- or less -- than a $300 billion giveaway of the taxpayers’ hard-earned money. This is especially true for conservative Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats who brag about their fiscal rectitude.
We’ve already editorialized that the bill is a budge buster even without the grab bag of spending gimmicks. We’ve noted that it will continue to give subsidies to millionaires who actually live in Manhattan and who might not even use their “farmland” for food crops.
In short, this bill is so stuffed that it deserves to be named by an agricultural term -- bull, uh, manure. (link)
Here's the real irony. For those of you who support Boucher's effort to turn Southwest Virginia into one big hiking trail, he's negotiable:
There ... are inexcusable local-interest flimflams such as a $250 million tax credit for a private land sale in Montana and a provision to “sell” national forest land, necessitating a shifting of the Appalachian Trail, to benefit a Vermont ski resort. (my emphasis)The Appalachian Trail. The Holy Grail of the Southwest Virginia tourism crowd. It seems to have gotten in the way of Congress's efforts to shower lavish gifts - your hard-earned income - on its closest friends. So the boys there are going to pick it up and move it. To Zimbabwe? We don't know yet.
Oh, and don't forget: Rick Boucher - as always - went along with the crowd.