Man Without Qualities

Monday, July 01, 2002

Getting Priorities Straight

A little over a year ago Vermont Senator James Jeffords bolted from the Republican Party, he said in large measure because he felt the GOP's funding priorities just weren't right.

Perhaps one can see what Mr. Jeffords meant by that from this report:

A Vermont historical preservation officer argues that 10,000 barns in the state need repair and that Mr. Jeffords is using that as an excuse to fight for $25 million in funding for the National Historic Barn Preservation Act. Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), for one, is "booing" Mr. Jeffords for having slipped authorization for the barn-renovation proposal into the recently passed farm bill. "In a nutshell, this is what is wrong with the leadership in the Senate," says CAGW President Tom Schatz. "Here we are at war, in an economic malaise and facing deficits, and Senator Jeffords wants millions of dollars to spruce up old barns. Could this politician be any more detached from the nation's priorities?"

Gee. Let's think about what other things could be done with TWENTY FIVE MILLION DOLLARS besides paying for private barn repair!

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