Tuesday, January 30, 2007

SLTrib:Cities, county on path to Davis, Weber trail

For the Citizens Against Government Waste to consider something to be Pork, it must meet one of the following conditions.

  • Requested by only one chamber of Congress;
  • Not specifically authorized;
  • Not competitively awarded;
  • Not requested by the President;
  • Greatly exceeds the President’s budget request or the previous year’s funding;
  • Not the subject of congressional hearings; or
  • Serves only a local or special interest.
As an aside, President James Monroe said we should give federal dollars “to great national works only, since if it were unlimited it would be liable to abuse and might be productive of evil.” That seems to be a less strict definition of pork.

The question is, should Davis County be asking for Federal Dollars to build a trail that runs through both Weber and Davis Counties? If I could allow myself to have two quotes of the day, then I might also include this one from Barry Burton, assistant community and economic development director for Davis County.
"It presents a great opportunity for commuters."

Cities, county on path to Davis, Weber trail


Jeremy said...

Ugh...you didn't mention this was a bike trail. What a lame use of federal funds.

Tyler Farrer said...

Yeah, I think there is still time to stop it. Just because they apply for federal dollars, doesn't mean they get, or spend the money.

Anonymous said...

Honestly, you people have just spent the past two weeks in crappy air and all you can think about is driving your damn cars to work.