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Biden, Obama helped keep ‘Bridge to Nowhere’ alive September 24, 2008

Posted by thestellaranomaly in Uncategorized.
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CNN published a really great article today that highlighted some hypocrisy from the Obama/Biden campaign.  (Finally, some balanced reporting from the only other news outlet that I can stand to follow. I bet you can guess what the other news outlet I check regularly; let me give you a hint, it rhymes with socks.) In light of the dozens of negative news stories that CNN has put out about Sarah Palin over the past few weeks, this one duly criticizes both campaigns on their stances on the epitome of wasteful spending, the infamous “Bridge to Nowhere.”  While I dislike  the fact that Palin was for the bridge before it became unpopular, I find it even more distasteful that both Obama and Biden criticize her for stance on the bridge, when they both voted keep the bridge twice!

Although Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden routinely mocks his Republican counterpart, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, for her onetime support of the infamous “Bridge to Nowhere,” Biden and his running mate voted to keep the project alive twice. Both Biden and Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama voted to kill a Senate amendment that would have diverted federal funding for the bridge to repair a Louisiana span badly damaged by Hurricane Katrina, Senate records show.

And both voted for the final transportation bill that included the $223 million earmark for the Alaska project.

An amendment offered by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma, would have stripped the money appropriated to connect the Alaskan coastal city of Ketchikan to its airport on sparsely populated Gravina Island and diverted the money to Louisiana.

But Biden and Obama and 80 of their colleagues rejected the measure, an amendment to a massive 2005 transportation bill that funded thousands of projects across the country. Video Watch how Biden has blasted Palin »

“That is probably the most disturbing element of this and the campaigning on the Bridge to Nowhere,” said Bill Allison of the Sunlight Foundation, a taxpayer watchdog group. “Because, yes, they had a chance to vote specifically against the Bridge to Nowhere in Alaska to redirect the money to people, to bridges and infrastructure damaged by Hurricane Katrina going in to New Orleans, and they chose not to.”

Even worse, both Obama and Biden had the chance to redirect the funds for the bridge to more important projects, namely ones that would have helped Hurricane Katrina victims.  Do people really believe that these two would be better for the economy than McCain and Palin? Quite frankly, it’s laughable. Biden and Obama have proved to be the tax kings in the senate.  They criticize McCain and Palin for having no new ideas and for allegedly being “more of the same.”  But a quick look at their economic histories demonstrates that they haven’t come up with any ideas that would “change” the economy for the better either.  We’ve seen these old liberal/socialist/big-government policies before.  They’ve failed once and they’ll fail again.

When CNN emailed a Biden spokesperson about the Senator’s earmark history, all he could say was, “You’ve interviewed Gov. Palin re: her completely made up position on the Bridge to Nowhere right?” Good comeback sir, very professional.  Biden and his campaign make me picture a kid who’s being punished by his parents for doing something bad.  When the parents ask the kid why he did what he did, his response is, “well the other kids were doing it too, why aren’t you yelling at them?” Well buddy, (or should I say Biden) just ’cause the other kids were doing it doesn’t make it right.  Sarah Palin’s flip flop on the bridge doesn’t make your votes to keep the bridge disappear.  In fact, your votes were far worse then her change of heart.

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