Amtrak has received $24 billion dollars in the last thirty-one years to build, maintain, and refurbish the passenger rail system for the entire nation. The same federal government that doled out that inspiring largesse is about to spend $941 million on transportation projects in Alaska, including a $223 million dollar bridge to connect Ketchikan (pop. 8000) to Gravina Island (pop. 50). These two Alaskan hot spots are already connected by a ferry that runs four times an hour- almost enough for every man, woman, and child to on Gravina Island to take their own ferry round trip between the two docks every day. For that matter, for just less than 1% of the cost of the proposed bridge, the government could buy every resident of Gravina Island a $40,000 , 24-foot boat with plenty of cash left over for winterizing and anti-freeze. Is this the same party that thinks we spend too much on welfare and health care? Even some of Don Young’s constituents are crying foul over this pork-out. Perhaps Congressman Young needs to hear a bit of the old vox populi regarding his federal glad-handing.
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