- The Washington Times - Monday, June 3, 2002

Green Eggs and Pork
Springfield, Mass., might be celebrating the grand opening of the Dr. Seuss National Memorial, but Citizens Against Government Waste is denouncing the city and the Massachusetts delegation on Capitol Hill for funding the project through an "unauthorized" earmark of federal dollars.
"We hate to rain on Springfield's parade, but Massachusetts voters should be disappointed at the illegitimate manner in which this project obtained federal dollars," says CAGW President Tom Schatz. "Senator Ted Kennedy and the Massachusetts congressional delegation earmarked $950,000 of federal money for this project through the Economic Development Initiative program, without authorization or a competitive-bidding process."
The national memorial for Dr. Seuss, which opened Friday, features a sculpture garden of bronze statues depicting not only Dr. Seuss, but several fictional characters from his stories, including Horton the elephant, Yertle the turtle and Thidwick the moose.
"Far be it from me to question the inspirational value of Thidwick the moose, but if Springfield, Massachusetts, wants to honor the city's 'favorite son,' perhaps next time the people of Massachusetts could pay for it themselves either voluntarily or through local taxes," Mr. Schatz says. "What are the chances people in South Dakota or Washington state will ever see this monument? The federal government has higher priorities other than green eggs and ham."

It works
Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, Connecticut Democrat, e-mailed us a press release last week promoting his new bill to improve high-speed Internet service.
It appears his high-speed idea is working already the same press release was spammed to us more than 100 times.

INS leave
We mentioned last week that Rep. Mark Foley, Florida Republican, had urged Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle to stop "obstructing" and allow House legislation dismantling the Immigration and Naturalization Services to move forward in the Senate.
Since that writing, there's been additional tales of INS workers "setting free" would-be terrorists, which has caused Mr. Foley to reiterate to Mr. Daschle "not to play politics with Americans' lives."
The latest INS "atrocities," as Mr. Foley is calling them, are "an unimaginable disregard for human life," he says.
One of the latest blunders deals with a twice-arrested Syrian man, in the United States illegally, yet each time he was apprehended in California the INS allowed him to "walk free."
Also widely reported in recent days, New York City police officers arrested a group of Middle East aliens, only to have the INS let them go because, as one officer said, the INS "didn't want to be bothered."
Observes Mr. Foley: "Turns out the INS didn't have a single worker in its New York City office all Memorial Day weekend and the phone rang at an office 300 miles away in Vermont."
The congressman says similar cases like these will continue day in and day out until the legislation he has co-sponsored is passed by the Senate. Mr. Foley's congressional district borders the Venice, Fla., flight school that helped train the September 11 hijackers.

Constitution airdrop
Teri DiLibero is putting politics aside at a time when her country needs her most.
"This is an American project, not a political one. We feel it is important," says the Pennsylvania woman who helped dream up the popular "Sore/Loserman" slogan during the last presidential election, and before that made news with her "End Intern Abuse" motto.
Now Mrs. DiLibero and her husband have started a nonpolitical project: a huge hot-air balloon in the shape of a U.S. flag.
"It is awesome, and absolutely beautiful," Mrs. DiLibero (see for yourself at www.usflagballoon.com) tells Inside the Beltway. "We are already booked for eight events and we hope to hand out pocket Constitutions to everyone that we can."
The colorful, flag-shaped balloon stands 53 feet tall, 78 feet wide, 29 feet front to back, and weighs 530 pounds. And yes, it really flies.

Lame duck
Last time the official congressional Web page for Rep. Gary A. Condit, California Democrat, was updated: Dec. 3, 2001.

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