I'm not just mean; I'm evil and heartless as well!

My applause and appreciation go out to Representative Charles H. Taylor (R-N.C.) for taking a stand for true conservative principles, which I sum up in the following philosophy: It's not the government's job, so why is the government doing it?
My complaint against the Republican Party is this: they have long ago abandoned what really separates them from Democrats, the idea of small government. We might actually be able to afford the Bush administration tax cuts if so much money wasn't just getting thrown away on pet projects and useless organizations (National Endowment for the Arts has really got to go. I'm totally serious here). But instead, our senators and representives just keep spending money, and allowing the liberals to spend money.
So, here we have Rep. Taylor, the chairman of the House Interior Appropriations subcommittee (which oversees funding on government acquisition of land), putting his foot down. The issue? Families and friends of the passengers on United Airlines Flight 93 want the government to spend $10 million to buy the field where said flight crashed on 9/11, so that they can erect a memorial.
First of all, I would like to point out that this land is in the middle of Shanksville, PA, so exactly how much land do they want to buy? I have trouble believing that they really need $10 million dollars worth of farmland to properly commemorate the heroic actions of the passengers of Flight 93. But of course, they can't just put up a statue, they need a whole bowl, which they propose will require 1,200 acres of land. The proposed memorial is expansive, and therefore also expensive. Of course, the same people planning this memorial have also pledged to raise half of the $60 million which the entire project would cost, but have so far reached only $7.5 million. This means that the government would pay $30 million, assuming that the memorial project people even manage to raise their share of the funding.
I'm not saying that I don't think a memorial is appropriate, but I don't think that it's appropriate for the federal government to be spending that much money on a memorial which, let's face it, is probably not going to be getting a whole lot of visitors. The war memorials is DC are not only more conveniently located for tourism (which is a very important American industry), in purely practical terms far more people have sacrified themselves for their country in wars, and more people have been affected. If the family members of Flight 93 want a memorial, they should really be a little more realistic in terms of the cost-benefit factors, and plan the memorial accordingly.
Naturally, all the other Republicans are more than willing to criticize Taylor for daring to actually make a substantive effort to cut federal spending, rather than following the preferred strategy of rolling over and keeping their mouths shut whenever someone says "we deserve money too!"
Alright, I need to cut this short, I was just violated by a giant cockroach, and feel a trip to the beach would aide my recovery.
-The Quartermaster


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