A reader recently asked:
So what if Lansing spent $5 million in taxpayer money for a museum for the study of racism, or $1 million for an Ann Arbor splash pad? What’s the harm? What do you have against kids having fun at the splash pad?
The problem is that those millions add up. After all the disc golf courses, cricket fields, ballet companies and park systems got their piece, taxpayers ended up spending $1 billion in earmarks just this year.
It’s not the water park or the disc golf that’s the problem. The pork is the problem. The earmarks are the problem. The process is the problem – it’s not based on need or sound plans, but political favor.
What’s wrong with pork?
What’s right about it?
Catch up on our pork stories here, courtesy of assistant managing editor Jamie A. Hope.
Yours in freedom,
James David Dickson
Michigan Capitol Confidential