Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens, a free-spending Republican in name only, recently took to the floor of the Senate to express outrage in reaction to the proposal by some members to shift a modest amount of budget earmarks for Alaska bridge projects to the rebuilding of an interstate highway in New Orleans that was demolished by the strike of Hurricane Katrina.
Mr. Stevens responded in the manner of someone who had been challenged to a duel to the death, raising his voice in outrage that anyone would for a moment consider that the funds previously pledged to enable him to bring home the bacon to his constituents could now be withdrawn.
Climaxing his fit of pique, Sen. Stevens threatened that if the Alaska projects' funding was rescinded, he would resign his position forthwith. It sounds like a great idea to me. Why did his fellow senators not take him up on it? We do not generally have such golden opportunities to oust from the Senate a big-government liberal like Mr. Stevens.
Oren M. Spiegler
Upper Saint Clair, Pa.