Stephen VanDyke’s heads up informed me about the Porkbusters campaign to reduce wasteful government spending to offset Katrina rebuilding efforts. I may not be the Libertarian Party, but as a Libertarian, I contacted my
Congressman, Albert Wynn, to request a specific spending cut.
Dear Congressman Wynn,
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the whole country was shocked by the devestation and poured out support to our fellow citizens in New Orleans. As a supplement to the private response, President Bush has proposed to do ‘whatever it takes’ to rebuild the affected area.
Given the high price tag of a Federal rebuilding effort (potentially more than $200 billion), combined with the already high national debt and budget deficit, it is imperative that disaster spending be offset by spending cuts elsewhere.
I am writing as a concerned constituent to ask you to propose cutting the $3,000,000 earmarked for the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation to help offset Katrina spending. If you are not willing to cut this spending (highlighted in Citizens Against Government Waste’s 2005 Pig Book), I’m eager to hear what other specific spending cuts you are willing to make to offset Katrina spending.
I look forward to your response and will be publishing this letter and any subsequent response from your office on my blog.
I will update this post if and when I receive a response. In the meantime, you can look up pork to contact your representatives about here. Blogging’s not all fun, games, and boobies. Sometimes it’s serious stuff.