Great news for my industry today. President Bush signed into law SAFETEA:LU (that's short for a mouthful: Safe, Accountable, Flexible and Efficient Transportation Equity Act-Legacy for Users). This federal transportation bill will provide funding for all transportation-related planning, design, and construction over the next five years. President Bush signed the bill right here in Montgomery, IL.
The location was of course no coincidence as it's in the home district of House speaker Dennis Hastert. And of course, Denny came home with funding for his pet project, the Prairie Parkway.
Critics of the bill charge that it is filled with pork. Obviously I'm biased, but I think this is a great bill for America. Transportation spending is sorely needed and, in my opinion, money well spent.
Now sure, there is some pork to be had in the bill (especially for Alaska-- thanks to Donald Young), but again, most of the projects are needed, and will provide people like me a job. Now, how's that a waste of money?