Something smells: Gas tax funding too much pork

What’s up in Arizona?

I have always known John McCain to be a hawk on pork barrel projects. The recent discussion about the budget battle, specifically the “Bridges to Nowhere,” has highlighted the fact that he is not an anomaly among the Arizona Congressional delegation. In discussing a similar vote in August, the Arizona Republic said

To their credit, Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl and Reps. Jeff Flake and John Shadegg were among the 12 members of Congress who voted against this spending frenzy.

Why is it that Arizonans are more willing than the rest of the country to support politicians who put their anti-pork principles ahead of the selfish local interests of their state?

Instead, the gas tax is now 18.4 cents

That is small fraction of the price of gasoline. But I agree that the transportation bill is larded with pork. It is designed to allow every congressman to return to their home district and brag about their ability to “bring home the bacon”.

[quote=Guar Fan] It is designed to allow every congressman to return to their home district and brag about their ability to “bring home the bacon”.
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So why is Arizona different?

Cynical answer:

Because McCain is a black sheep to the republican leadership and Arizona isn’t populous enough or plugged into the right committees enough to have the right clout in the house. Thus, if they chose to be ‘bring home the bacon guys’ they’d compare unfavorably with other state delegations who do it ‘better’ and look bad when reporters did stories on how Az gets less return on its gas tax buck than other states. So plan B is to win points by being tough on pork and playing up fiscal responsibility instead of trying to play a game they can’t win.

Optimists answer:
Because McCain is the patriarch of the Az delegation and he really does have honest personal convictions about fiscal responsibility.

Take your pick.

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