The New York delegation needs a lesson in pork

New York Senator Kirstin Gillibrand
New York Senator Kirstin Gillibrand

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand either has poor reading comprehension, or is one of the biggest political hacks around. Here’s her comment regarding the pork-laden relief bill that was passed by the Senate, but not voted on by the House.

“This is a sad and cruel joke,” she said in a statement. “House leadership insulted all New Yorkers last night and now Rep. Issa is at it again. He should come to Staten Island and tell families trying to rebuild their businesses that this money is pork. He should come to the Rockaways and tell families trying to rebuild their homes that this money is pork. But neither Speaker Boehner or Rep. Issa have the dignity nor the guts to do it. As Republicans have said, what happened last night was indefensible and shameful.”

Did Kirsten Gillibrand read the bill? No one would argue that there are necessary items in the bill. What I would like the bill’s supporters to explain is why there is money for Guantanamo Bay, fisheries in Alaska, and a roof for the Smithsonian? These projects have nothing to do with disaster relief. My guess is that they were added by Senators who asked, “what’s in it for me?” This is the very definition of pork.

To make matters worse, New York Rep. Peter King, a Republican, is whining as much as Gillibrand. I find it hard to believe that a true conservative could support such a bill. It’s funny how the concept of right and wrong get thrown aside when the bill affects your home state.