Senator John Thune met with Madison's power elites yesterday at the Heartland Consumer Power District office. Read closely Chuck Clement's summary of the Senator's position on funding the Lewis and Clark Rural Water System:
Thune noted that LCRWS was a project that had received congressional authorization from its beginnings, making it a commitment for Congress to complete. He said it was a disservice to the states and communities in not providing adequate funding, comparing recent federal support to "having the federal government pull the rug out" in completing the project [Chuck Clement, "Thune Hears Complaints About Federal Policies," Madison Daily Leader, 2013.08.06].
Hmmm... what if I used exactly the same words to discuss the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act? Congress authorized the PPACA from its beginnings. Congress thus has a commitment to complete it, right, Senator Thune? To have the federal government "pull the rug out," as Senator Thune himself has proposed, would be a terrible disservice to the states and communities counting on adequate funding of the PPACA.
This example demonstrates that, on the Lewis and Clark project, Senator Thune is not espousing some noble commitment to principle. He's trying to make Lewis and Clark sound like something other than what it is: a pork-barrel project for his voters that contradicts all of his Republican talking points about deficit control and smaller government.