If you travel on Maryland highways, and wonder why you encounter random construction every few miles, look no farther than Maryland's two Senators for the source of the prodigal and costly juggernauts. Yesterday, the Baltimore Sun published an article lamenting the fact that a GOP moratorium on earmarks will severely effect Maryland's share of the public lard. They also reveal that Barbara Mikulski is one of the most prolific porkers in the Senate, hauling in over $50 million in pork for FY 2011. Junior Senator Ben Cardin is quickly catching up, while some of Maryland's congressmen like Dutch Rupersberger are willing to fight to the death to defend their raiding of the public trough.
Anyone who travels on Maryland's interstate highways and major byways can attest to the fact that there is construction everywhere. Most of the construction sites are on roads that have recently been paved and appear to be nothing more than wasted money. What about the lost revenue and productivity due to unwarranted traffic jams? Tough luck! That's what you get in a one party state, in which its congressional delegation includes a member on the Senate Approps Committee (Mikulski), House Approps Committee (Rupersperger), a House Leader (Steny Hoyer), and House campaign chief (Chris Van Hollen).
As if the highway pork is not enough, Mikulski plans to earmark $750,000 for the criminal organization, Casa de Maryland. Keep in mind that these illegal alien smugglers already secure over $1 million in state funding. Maybe we should open an organization involved in slave trading and ask congress for some bacon to fund its operations. After all, as long as it's a Democrat who advocates for the criminal behavior, they won't face electoral reprisal in the state of Maryland. In fact, if Democrats have their way, the criminals will be voting in our state elections.