Government Pork: “In Oklahoma, Not Arizona, What Does it Matter?”
The annual Citizens Against Government Waste Pig Book is out for 2009. I have to guess this was a particularly fertile year for the authors, what with the entire District of Columbia becoming a gigantic printing press. If I needed a reminder (which I don’t actually need) as to why I was so proud to be one of John McCain’s county chairs last year (on my own time), then here it is. Arizona is dead last in government pork, and I think everything is going just as well there as in any other state. I know some of Arizona’s other officials deserve credit for this, too, especially Rep. Jeff Flake. As an aside, it was probably unfair for me to single out Oklahoma above, given that it’s ranked 44th, but, heh, the song says what it says.
Missouri is right where we usually are in things like this — in the middle of the pack. At least we are moving in the right direction, down from 24th to 26th. Sen. Claire McCaskill is probably the reason we are moving that direction, and hopefully we will continue to go further. It is interesting how three of the top four spots are held by entities other than the contiguous 48 states. And, yes, it is notable that there is a 51-spot difference between McCain and his erstwhile running mate — although, in Gov. Sarah Palin’s defense, this money comes from Washington D.C., not Juneau.
(Hat tip to Prime Buzz for the original link.)