The president pro tem of the Senate got his $230 million bridge, but only after he threatened to quit if he didn't.
Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska, the chamber's senior Republican, became furious when Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, offered an amendment yesterday that would have forbidden building the bridge and sent some of the money to rebuild the Interstate 10 bridge across Lake Pontchartrain, which was damaged by Hurricane Katrina.
"If the Senate decides to discriminate against our state, to take money only from our state, I will resign from this body," Mr. Stevens said. "If one senator can decide he'll take all the money from one state to solve a problem of another, that is not a union. That is not equality."
Well, that's the point of the Porkbusters project, buster. Every state is supposed to give up their perks so that we can get the whole job done without going bankrupt. The I-10 bridge is more of a priority - it's that simple.