Tuesday, April 25, 2006

A Right Wing Dilemma

Situation: You're faced with a decision to either allow the commemoration of war heroes or restrict government spending and land allocation for the memorial.

What do you do? WHAT DO YOU DO?

Well, if you're chairman of the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, Rep. Charles Taylor (R-N.C.), you block the memorial. Single-handedly, no less.

The memorial is being planned for the spot in rural Pennsylvania where Flight 93 went down on September 11. The hope is to commemorate those victims who took the flight down as the first heroes in the war on terror.

But it turns out Taylor is a wealthy landowner in North Carolina who doesn't want to see the federal government take any more land that, well, people like him could take.

Plus, he's worried the families of the victims won't be able to come up with the $30 million they're supposed to front for the project. Up to this point, they’ve only managed to raise $7.5 million. He'd just hate to see the government get stuck with the majority of the $60 million tab.

Can you imagine the reaction if Taylor was a Democrat?

The Washington Post has the full story.

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