Monday, March 16, 2009

The More Things Change, The More They...

Feds spending millions on Kennedy legacy in Mass.

from the AP

BOSTON – More than one out of every five dollars of the $126 million Massachusetts is receiving in earmarks from a $410 billion federal spending package is going to help preserve the legacy of the Kennedys.

The bill includes $5.8 million for the planning and design of a building to house a new Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the Senate. The funding may also help support an endowment for the institute.

The bill also includes $22 million to expand facilities at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum and $5 million more for a new gateway to the Boston Harbor Islands on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, a park system in downtown Boston named after Kennedy's mother and built on land opened up by the Big Dig highway project.

Looking on the bright side, Massachusetts is even more screwed up than Maryland. As a life-long inmate, I mean resident, of the People's Republic of Maryland, this makes me feel a little bit better about my state. We don't seem to idol-worship politicians the way those Yankees in Tax-achusetts do.

I wonder if they will take $50 out of the $33 million Kennedy Legacy Slush-Fund and put up a plaque at the Chappaquiddick Bridge, the site of Ted Kennedy's "greatest personal legacy". For you young people, that's where he killed Mary Jo Kopechne.

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