And this is part of the reason why maybe more of these bums should be thrown out. Rep. Don Young attacked his fellow Republicans on the House floor Wednesday, as he defended education funds allocated to his home-state of Alaska.
"You want my money, my money," Young stridently declared before warning conservatives that, "Those who bite me will be bitten back."
Young took extreme exception to an amendement by Rep. Scott Garrett (R-N.J.) to strike money in a spending bull for native Alaskan and Hawaiian educational programs.
Conservatives have stoked the ire of their fellow Republicans for years by challenging federal spending, both broadly and on specific projects. But it's rare that their GOP colleagues express that displeasure openly on the floor.
During his brief tirade Wednesday, Young suggested republicans lost their majority because Garrett, whom he did not specifically name, and others had challenged spending during the GOP's tenure. He also had disparaging things to say about the great state of New Jersey-home to The Sopranos and Bon Jovi.
And lest we forget, Young, who used to chair the House Transportation Committee, is responsible for the so-called "Bridge to Nowhere," a proposed span connecting Ketchikan, Alaska, with the tiny island of Gravina that would have cost $315 million-and eventually came to symbolize prolifigate spending under Republican rule.
Oh, and he has spent more than $250,000 on legal fees so far this year at the same time that federal investigators probe some of his campaign's biggest contributors. Politicians often beg, borrow and occasionally steal to get their pet projects funded. May I suggest that the next time one of them whines that others are trying to take away "His money," he or she puts said money where their mouth is and offer to return their campaign contributions if they get kicked out of office. Give the people what they want!