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Truth about the Bridge To Nowhere

Posted on: September 15, 2008

Thanks but no thanks, could well be the signature slogan of this campaign. It’s just not the governor of Alaska referring to the Gravina Island bridge, but the whole nation speaking to Obama/Biden, the pumas saying to DNC, the McCaincrats to Hillary exhortations to vote for Obama.

It goes well with our I Own My Vote pledge to typify this 2008 campaign season. It’s also right up there with the lexicon of this year: Just words, lipstick, and This One’s For You!

So, what’s the deal with the Bridge to nowhere? Who gets credit for nixing it.  Did Sarah actually demand for it, did congress kill it first? The libtards are all upto usual tricks making up stuff, and manufacturing evidence, the pathetic Andrew Sullivan going so far as to quote the wikipedia of all the wretched sources of knowledge, sheesh wikipedia?  The governatoress is firm in using that phrase thanks but no thanks often in her stump speeches since convention.

For truth we turn to the watchdogs of earmarks, the authors of the blog The Swine Line. They are the experts of record keeping and legislative minutae.

In a little noticed post recently, they set the record straight on the legislative history of the line items involved. The group, Council for Citizens Against Government Waste issued the memo titled the Bridge to Nowhere Backgrounder, pdf here. Some pertinent quotes from the posting:

… said CCAGW President Tom Schatz.  “Many in the media and the public are providing an opinion when they should be providing the facts

Media reports that Congress killed the Bridge to Nowhere are not accurate,” said Schatz.  “The 2006 transportation appropriations bill allowed Alaska to decide whether or not to move forward.  Governor Murkowski said yes; Governor Palin said no.

Council for Citizens Against Government Waste is the lobbying arm of Citizens Against Government Waste, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in government.

If one thing I learned during this campign season it’s this:

 don’t believe anything spouted by a blog you stopped reading about a year ago.
Way off topic,  but as long as we are talking of bridges, not many people know about Gallopin’ Gertie, the infamous Tacoma Narrows bridge that fell to the winds of poor of design. I wanted to refer to it, just cause I love the idea. No context or subtext here, I just love bridges, the Gertie is one for the history books. I like sharing historical knowledge. Here watch, youtube has more clips!


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