Last week, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, persuaded key lawmakers to set aside $50 million for the rainforest project in Coralville, just outside Iowa City. Organizers call the project an unparalleled opportunity to teach children the wonders of the jungle, showcase clean energy concepts and boost the local economy by drawing tourists from across the Midwest. It would including a 20-story translucent dome.
Rep. Jim Gibbons, R-Nevada, says his swimming-pool project has more to do with polliwogs than pork.
He says he and some friends were responsible for clogging the drain with tadpoles, causing the pool to be temporarily shut down in the 1950s. He expects Congress to approve the $225,000 to repair the 61-year-old pool in the working-class neighborhood where he grew up in Sparks.
"I have an enormous guilty conscience for putting frogs in the swimming pool when I was about 10 years old," he said.
Saturday, December 06, 2003
Gotta love those small guvmint Republicans:
by Atrios at 16:32