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  •  Thanks, Switzerblog (none)
    I haven't been in WA that long, so I don't know all the ins and outs of the state's politics. And I moved here from TX, so I've seen some pretty ugly stuff going on in that realm. But, I do think I see where she's coming from. WA has had part of that "pork" earmarked to fix the earthquake-damaged Alaskan Way Viaduct along the Seattle waterfront before it falls down. If she votes to take away the "bridges to nowhere," what's to keep Stevens and Murkowski, et al., from retaliating and taking away the funds WA is in line for?
    •  Great Point RE: Washington State projects (none)
      It's a valid point that the funds for WA State are allocated for some pretty damn serious infrastructure upgrades and replacements. The Alaskan Way Viaduct in Seattle was badly damaged in the Nisqually Quake, and is coming down soon whether we like it or not.

      $300 million for a bridge for Ketchican? crazy. $1.5 billion to replace the Viaduct? Completely and utterly necessary, trust me.

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      by el ganador on Thu Oct 20, 2005 at 03:37:42 PM PDT

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      •  No offense, but... (none)
        Why should the residents of California, Wyoming and New York pay to replace your viaduct up there? I say cut all of these projects. If the local people want to pay for it, great, have a good time.

        All of these project are considered "completely and utterly necessary" by the people who benefit from them and complete and utter wastes of money by people in the rest of the country. At some point, somebody has to say, "no more."

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