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To: Thermalseeker

Wamp is a definite NO.

“In July 2005, Wamp voted for a $286 billion infrastructure bill that included 6,376 pork projects, including $223 million for an Alaskan bridge that came to be known as the Bridge to Nowhere. [Lawmakers packed $24 billion in special projects into the transportation bill,] including $5.9 million for a Vermont snowmobile trail and $3 million for a documentary about Alaska infrastructure. The package is worth $286.5 billion over six years, a 30 percent increase over the $218 billion program that expired in 2003. Taxpayers for Common Sense found Rep. Young helped to secure $231 million for a bridge in Anchorage to be named Don Young’s Way; $223 million for a bridge to Ketchikan; and $15 million for a Juneau access road, dubbed the Black Ice Highway by group analyst Erich Zimmermann because “that’s all you’ll see in the winter if this project is built.” The group found 6,376 special projects in the 1,752-page bill. (The Washington Post, July 30, 2005; HR 3, July 29, 2005, Roll Call Vote 453, Overall vote: 412-8, Wamp vote: Yes) “

Note his vote for the Bridge to Nowhere!
Maybe you can use some of this information. ;-)


16 posted on 07/14/2010 7:54:17 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: SumProVita
Not defending Wamp or the "Bridge to Nowhere", but I've seen the location where the bridge was supposed to go and it doesn't go nowhere. The airport at Ketchikan is on the other side. There are quite a few people who live over on the island the bridge would serve and there is a major timber operation there. Ketchikan is landlocked. The only way in or out is by air or sea (or hiking if you are bold enough). I could see how this bridge would be very important to the locals. Alaska is still very much a frontier and I'd rather see my tax dollars spent on something like this as opposed to midnight basketball or giving loan guarantees to Brazil to develop their offshore oil reserves while our own reserves are blocked by moratorium.

In regard to Wamp, I have a personal, much more telling story about him that should give everyone pause. Wamp does not support private property rights. In fact, it became clear to me that he has no clue of their importance to it's citizenry as a free nation.

Some years ago our local county Commissioners thought it would be a good idea to grant the right of eminent domain to a private, for profit company in order to build a pump storage electricity generating facility similar to TVA Raccoon Mountain near Chattanooga. Needless to say, those of us who stood to lose our homes were outraged. Aside from losing the home I had just built with my own two hands the big problem was the company, Armstrong Energy Resources, had zero track record building such infrastructure. In fact, of the projects we found that they were responsible for none had been completed. The company had a track record of riding projects and never finishing them, particularly those with gubmint grants attached. This project was a $480 million boondoggle just waiting to happen. TVA had studied the sites proposed by Armstrong a few years earlier and had deemed them as not viable for a variety of reasons. TVA also saw them as not necessary to the overall TVA power distribution structure for the foreseeable future.

Wamp rode the fence right down to the wire, never once taking the side of his constituents (the land owners) until the outcome of our court case became obvious. He played up all the media attention like a New Orleans prostitute plays up potential clients. I met with Wamp personally, face to face on not less than six occasions and was never able to get a straight answer out of him, much less any support for private property ownership. It became clear that he had absolutely no understanding of the role of private property ownership as a fundamental right. I watched numerous times at public events where Wamp would appear as his handlers directed him to where cameras were located so that the best shots of him would be taken. I watched and listened as he played on people's faith and fears again and again. He was using our plight as a method of furthering his political ambitions. It was sickening.

Eventually, when it became obvious that our protracted court fight was going to win, Wamp soundly (and very publicly) came down on the side of the property owners (his constituents) once he realized that would be where the best PR could be found. I told Zach Wamp to his face that he was not qualified to sit in the US House of Representatives because of his ignorance of private property rights. I told him he would never, ever get my vote. He stood there with a blank stare for at least 30 seconds before one of his handlers whisked him away. This was the last time I saw him in my district. Shortly thereafter the districts were gerrymandered and he went from "representing" the 4th District, to "representing" the 3rd District. This is the Reader's Digest version of events, but I can tell you with absolute certainty from my personal experience that there is absolutely no way this man should be in public office at any level for any reason, period.

20 posted on 07/14/2010 8:29:12 AM PDT by Thermalseeker (Stop the insanity - Flush Congress!)
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