John Murtha, Pennsylvania’s one-time King of Pork (and Congressman), who passed away last year, was great at gathering earmarks. (You might read Murtha’s Turf, After Murtha from the WSJ to remember just how much money Murtha wasted.)
Murtha tried to turn Johnstown, PA, into a “defense center,” and wasted who knows how much of the taxpayers’ money doing it. He had the John Murtha airport built in Johnstown,PA. It only has a three flights a day, (and about 20 passengers) all to and from D.C., and each flight — each passenger — costs the government money.
Yet, back when Obama was pushing the now-failed stimulus program, the John Murtha airport was to receive $800,000 of stimulus money to pave the backup runway. Since 1990, the airport has received over $150 million of federal (taxpayer) money–prior to the stimulus funds. http://wp.me/pBslf-db
Murtha subscribed to the belief that if one person dug a hole and another filled it in, you created two jobs. Value or need never entered the equation.
But now someone sees one of Murtha’s money-wasting “job-creators” as exactly that (a money waster, not a job creator) and is trying to shut it down.
From The Times Leader:
U.S. Rep. Mark Critz and U.S. Sen. Bob Casey released a letter they recently sent to the Office of Management and Budget asking to preserve the center’s funding, when they were asked by the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat about a Wall Street Journal report that the center’s annual funding may be cut by $17 million and downsized in 2012. The NDIC”s annual budget has been about $44 million.
Read the rest here. (Apparently Senator Casey and Congressman Critz (who are both up for re-election in 2012) aren’t proud of this letter–it doesn’t seem to be on their websites.)
Now, if someone will just end all of Murtha’s other “job creators”, we’d start to save some real money.