Obama And Biden: The Politicians To Nowhere

The “bridge to nowhere” project in Alaska has become the national symbol of waste and out-of-control pork barrel spending – particularly since John McCain named Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate.  Joe Biden is out every day spouting various versions of, “I got also a bridge I got to sell you here, and guess what, it’s in Alaska, and it goes nowhere.”  Well guess what.  Joe Biden and Barack Obama voted for that bridge: not once but twice.

And it gets even worse: CNN has the story, titled,”Biden, Obama helped keep ‘Bridge to nowhere’ alive“:

DEWEY BEACH, Delaware (CNN) — 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.

“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.”

So why is Joe Biden running around repeatedly blasting Sarah Palin over the Bridge to nowhere? Because he’s a shameless political whore.  Yes, Biden – along with Barack Obama – personally voted for the Bridge to nowhere.  Twice.  And yes, the second of those votes would have redirected the $223 million earmark for the bridge and spent it on Hurricane Katrina relief.  But neither Biden nor Obama would support that Republican effort.  They wanted that massive and wasteful pork barrel project.

They supported the Bridge to nowhere because they had their OWN pork barrel earmark projects.  The CNN article continues:

“I got also a bridge I got to sell you here, and guess what, it’s in Alaska, and it goes nowhere,” Biden mocked Palin on the campaign trail last week in Maumee, Ohio. And in Canton, Ohio, he tied it to McCain.

“If you look at it John McCain’s answers for the economy, and we’re in such desperate shape, is the ultimate bridge to nowhere. It’s nowhere,” Biden said. “It takes you nowhere.”

But while the applause line appealed to the Democratic faithful, it could come back to bite the Delaware senator.

This year, Delaware has requested 116 congressional earmarks through Biden, its longtime senator, at a cost to taxpayers of $342 million. In an appearance on CNN’s “American Morning” with anchor John Roberts, Biden said that he had been open about those requests and that they all can be justified.

And Barack Obama received $740 million in earmarks for his state; and asked for a total of about $960 million.  John McCain hasn’t asked for any earmarks for his state, and didn’t vote to fund the Bridge to nowhere.

I’ve written a couple of articles about Obama and Biden:

Presidential Pork: Obama-Biden In Hog Heaven; McCain Kosher

In The Earmark Game Obama Beats McCain 740 Million To Nothing

Joe Biden mockingly claims that McCain’s answers on the economy is the ultimate bridge to nowhere.  But John McCain stood up on earmarks, while Joe Biden and Barack Obama have cynically gorged on pork, waste, and downright fraud.

We’re to the point where our politicians and officials are little spending this nation out of existence.  Obama and Biden are and have been part of the problem; John McCain, by stark contrast, has epitomized the solution to out-of-control government spending.

Obama-Biden are the “Politicians to nowhere.”

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2 Responses to “Obama And Biden: The Politicians To Nowhere”

  1. Worried Old-Timer GA Says:

    I agree with the choice of words but I am worried that these guys may be elected because people simply don’t understand where the road is heading with them. We are living in a television society where people don’t read anymore. You do and I do, yes, and a good many others do, but why is Obama still in this Presidential Election? If people read enough he wouldn’t be there. Someone else wrote into a FoxNews article a little while ago saying “you folks who are hoping for an Obama victory had better beware or you may end up getting what you hope for” which was a clever way of putting it.

    The ongoing “no more, or not another four years of Bush” song tells the story. You know and I know it’s just pure election nonsense, but some people just don’t realize America is still in far better shape than the rest of the World and if it were not for President Bush these whiners would really be in trouble. But the current problems can be solved or overcome by a Republican Presidency if everyone works hard; and it will help if the Democratic Party will cease with their obstruction games in the House and in the Senate [they cannot solve any problems themselves because they have lost the guts to fight for any cause].

    My fear is: give the country to Obama/Biden for one term and nobody will be able to get it out of the mess they will make of it.

  2. Michael Eden Says:

    With the most opportunity to learn in human history, we are the most ignorant culture in human history. What an indictment against us!!!

    I easily have two dozen different Bibles in my house. Do you have any idea what a treasure that would have been a thousand years ago?

    We are so ignorant, and therefore so easily manipulated. Adolf Hitler may have been the first mass-marketed politician; I assure you he hasn’t been the last. He had a minister of propaganda (Joseph Goebbels). So does Barack Obama.

    People don’t seem to care about doing the right thing anymore. Duties are thrown out the window; it’s all about our “rights.” And so we elect whoever promises us the most “stuff.”

    I truly believe if Obama is elected, there will be a massive Republican sweep in the Congress in two years, and then a Republican President in four. Obama will be a disaster. It’s one thing to promise something; quite another to be able to deliver.

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