Sunday, December 19, 2004

Jim Talent - Republican Tax and Spend Hypocrite

Jim Talent is one of those skinny little geeks who likes to talk about "getting tough" on government waste. You just know that the last "tough" thing he did was win a spelling bee in 3rd grade.

It turns out that Jim Talent is a lying hypocrite. On Friday, this appeared in the paper:
Powell Gardens grows

Thanks in part to $250,000 in federal money announced Thursday, Powell Gardens will add a Heartland Harvest Garden to help teach children about the Midwest's agricultural heritage.

Sen. Jim Talent, a Missouri Republican, secured the money for the garden, which is scheduled to open in 2007.

“It's a one-of-a-kind educational garden,” said Talent, who attended the announcement. “The purpose is to show children the course food takes from seed to plate.”

Powell Gardens executive director Eric Tschanz said the 12-acre garden would be designed to teach about agriculture in a “fun, beautiful and educational manner.” Flowers will also be exhibited like a quilt, in geometric patterns.
I love Powell Gardens - it is one of the most beautiful spots in the Kansas City area - but I don't see why Jim Talent needed to misdirect government funds to get flowers planted like a quilt. Of course, Jim Talent also showed a little flair with his government pork by spending $50,000 of your tax dollars on a program for wild pigs. I guess he prefers domesticated pork.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would it still be pork if a Democrat pulled this one off? You love Powell Gardens, but have you always been opposed to the Gardens receiving government money?

Can you name a single Missouri legislator of any party at the federal level that does not "bring home the pork?"

12/20/2004 4:17 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Anonymous -

Yes, I would have rolled my eyes if a democrat had brought this pork home in a time when the deficit is ballooning. Plus, the fact that they charge everyone over 12 $7 admission and children $3 to view a bunch of fancy gardens makes this a questionable luxury for our tax dollars. The fact that Talent is a hypocritical piece of rose fertilizer makes it noteworthy, though.

12/20/2004 6:07 PM  

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