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Friday, July 6, 2007
Welcome to the New Boss....

Laurie Roberts points to an article in the Arizona Daily News about Tucson Congressman Raul Grijalva and the $178 million worth of earmark requests for next year's budget. Some of the requested projects are:

- $6 million to the University of Arizona to continue the U.S. Marine Shrimp Farming Program.

-$160,000 for programs at Wingspan, a Tucson gay and lesbian community center.

-$200,000 to build a plaza at St. Augustine Cathedral in downtown Tucson.

-$550,000 for the National Student/Parent Mock election.

- $1.2 million for streetscape improvements to Oracle Road

and a real potential winner:

- $250,000 to Pima County for "Canoa Ranch"

I wondered what Canoa Ranch was... as close as I can figure out it's a county park which has the formal name of: "Raúl M. Grijalva - Canoa Ranch Conservation Park"

I wonder why the taxpayers across our great land are funding shrimp farming in the marine mecca of southern Arizona, nationally vital infrastructure improvements on Oracle Road, and construction of national importance such as plazas in downtown Tucson... not to mention what looks like county parks named after Mr. Grijalva.

At least he didn't want a bridge to nowhere.

Why do they do it?

"If you fail to bring home the bacon, people will make a point of it in the campaign," Zimmerman said.

That's why Grijalva says freshmen in vulnerable swing districts, like Giffords, will be taken care of best this year. Although Grijalva is now in the majority, he's in a safe Demo-cratic district, which affects his requests.

"Obviously the freshmen in tight districts, to try to maintain the majority, they'll probably receive an inordinate amount of resources," Grijalva said. But he added, "I think need should continue to be a valid criteria, and it should be a factor with equal importance as anything else."

The federal budget as an electoral piggy back? I thought that ended when the Republicans were booted out of the majority....

"I think need .... should be a factor with equal importance as anything else."

Well thank goodness for that