Thursday, September 25, 2008

UPDATE - Claim that Obama supported bridge to nowhere is inaccurate

This is an update to yesterday's post. Thanks to a post by digger joseguia, I was able to track down a statement direct from Obama, made in a letter he wrote to the Chicago Tribune a month after the vote was cast. In short, his reasoning directly matched what I suggested as option wasn't fair to single out one state to be the bearer or responsibility for funding:

Others intent on cutting spending have pointed to Alaska's "Bridge to Nowhere" as a wasteful project. I agree and believe that it represents the first type of project we should cut. But it's wrong to single out one state's pork project. If we're serious about shared responsibility, let's eliminate all pork projects in all states. To find $50 billion in tax breaks, we could postpone a planned tax break for millionaires, and we could temporarily roll back one of the tax cuts for those who make an income of more than $2 million per year.

I believe this quote makes it clear as day that he was not in support of the bridge, as he went on record as saying it is wasteful and "represents the first type of project we should cut"

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