I know a lot of the folks that read here could care less about what’s going on with lowly district of KY01 Rep. Ed Whitfield, but this is what my congressmen is saying and by doing so you might want to take a look at yours too.
Ed Whitfield who just a few months ago sent me a letter about the need for fiscal responsibility in Washington….
Whitfield Calls for Return of Fiscal Responsibility to Government
“During these tough economic times, Kentuckians have been forced to tighten their belts and cut back on spending to make ends meet,” Whitfield said. “The federal government should be required to do the same thing. It is essential Congress curb its runaway spending habits before our national debt becomes an insurmountable burden for future generations.”
Blah-blah-blah Ed… so tell me if we need to be fiscal responsible then why are you porking up the spending bill?
Now before I go on my rant I want to say I called the congressman’s Washington office about this and they seemed more interested in getting me off the phone than answering questions so I called the Paducah office and no one answered then I called the Hopkinsville office and spoke to the congressman assistant … we spoke for about 1:30 or so on a range of political topics. So I will include some of his commits regarding some of my pork complaints… he was very nice and answered most of my questions or directed me to where I could find the answers.
Whitfield’s Fiscal Year 2010 Requests
Here are a few…
Monroe County Farmer’s Market
Monroe County Fiscal Court
1194 Columbia Avenue
Tompkinsville, KY 42167
These funds will be used to construct a new market facility that will promote economic development and provide added benefits to the local community.
A half million dollars for a farmers market in a town of a population of 2609 as of July 2008? They need a $500,000.00 farmers market? Now I live in a rural community and the local farmers market is nothing more than farmers with their pickup facing tailgate to tailgate and my rinky-dinky little town is 5 time the size of Tompkinsville!
Congressmen’s office really didn’t have good answer for this one.
Let’s look at some more…
Senior Citizens Housing Project
Hickman County Fiscal Court
110 East Clay Street
Clinton, KY 42031
These funds will be used to construct a two-story, eight unit senior housing complex. This construction will aid the City of Clinton and Hickman County as they work to revitalize the downtown area to facilitate economic development and community well being.
WTF? Ok I know what you’re thinking “Dave you just don’t like old people.” WRONG! One building with 8 units for $1.25 million bucks! That’s $156,250.00 per unit… do you know what a house cost in Hickman population 2239? You can buy houses all day long for $25,000.00 in Hickman and might I point out that the only way to get to Hickman, KY is to be going there. You just don’t stumble upon Hickman. You what this is? It’s about political payout by the country judge executive David Gallagher who made the request… I have no proof of that its political payout I just know how small town politics work.
Oh there is more…
Installation Chapel and Multi-Purpose Facility
39 Normandy Avenue
Fort Campbell, KY 42223
These funds will be used to construct a 1,200-seat chapel/family life multi-purpose facility to serve the soldiers and family members at Fort Campbell.
$14,000,000.00 for a church? I thought we had a separation of church and state in this country? Since when is it the government job to build churches? I have no problems with churches at all, I even go on occasion but I’ve never been in a $14,000,000 church and to top that off Fort Campbell already has a church. And as a constitutionalists I believe if you are going to have a separation of church and state then do it… nothing say that other church or groups of churches can’t fund the building of a multi-denominational church as most military services are multi-religion and multi-denominational and all the taxpayer has to do is pony up a little space. Remember a building isn’t a church
Then we have…
39 Normandy Avenue
Fort Campbell, KY 42223
These funds will be used to construct an Army Standard Physical Fitness Center to serve soldiers and family members at Fort Campbell. The existing facility is inadequate and fails to meet Army requirements.
What the hell are the putting in a Gold’s Gym franchise? Which by the way you can get for $550,000 – $3,635,000.
Now the Congressman’s office said COULD be use for rehabilitation of returning wounded vets, that’s all fine the noble but that’s not what the request says and it doesn’t change the fact I could build 4 high end Gold’s Gyms for the same amount of money and they’re only building one.
Clean-up Activities at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant
Department of Energy
1000 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20585
These funds will be used to accelerate the removal of over 50 years of legacy waste and environmental contamination stemming from the production of enriched uranium.
This plant is ran by USEC a heavily unionized publicly traded company (NYSE: USU) which begs the question why do taxpayers need to pay to clean up there mess? I’ll admit I don’t know the entire story on this, but I do know that taxpayers are flipping the cleanup bill.
Lake Cumberland Community Action Bus Radio Project
Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency
23 Industry Drive
Jamestown, KY 42629
These funds will be used to install emergency radios in buses that transport senior citizens to and from their medical appointments in an area that is currently undergoing a Dam safety rehabilitation project, which increases the need for emergency communications.
Even a cell phone without a contract can dial 911 and we’re spending $70,000.00 fro radios? How many damn buses do they have it’s not a populous area.
If the congressmen, his staff or those making these pork requests want to clear these up… you know how to contact me. And for the record I didn’t list them all, additionally I pointed out to the Congressman’s office that you can’t bitch about government spending if you are part of the problem… as I used the example there are things you MUST do to maintain your house, however many of the things you may WANT to do is not the things you NEED to do. There is a big difference between repairing the water line (a need to do) and painting the guest bedroom (a want to do).
You have to LEAD BY EXAMPLE and you can’t waste your time whining about not getting your fair share Ed!
I’ve talk about the stimulus spending in the Jackson Purchase, which is only a small section of the Kentucky Congressional District 1