Sunday, September 21, 2008

Palin has built the "Road to Nowhere".

Sarah Palin claims she said, "Thanks, but no thanks" to the Bridge to Nowhere, but what she isn't so forthcoming about is the fact that she has, literally, built the Road to Nowhere. And she spent $25 million doing it.

She has built the road which leads to where the Bridge to Nowhere was intended to be, even though the bridge is no longer to be built. It's actually a road which serves no explicable purpose.

Ketchikan Mayor Bob Weinstein said the 3.2-mile road will be useful for road races, hunters and possibly future development. But with no bridge to serve it, that's probably about it.

"I think it will be good for recreational things like a 5K and a 10K," Weinstein said. "And instead of people walking through brush, it may be used for hunting in the area."

So let me get this straight. The woman who wants to cut back on wasteful government spending has just spent $25 million on a road which may, "be useful for road races". But, apart from that, at the moment it serves no other useful purpose. It leads to nowhere. It connects to nothing. You couldn't make this up. It's almost a textbook example of local government stupidity.

Even Ketchikan residents find this project an example of wasteful spending.
"Surely we won't have to commute on the highway if there won't be a bridge," said Jill Jacob, who has been writing and calling the governor's office for the last two years to protest the road. "It's a dead-end highway, a dead-end road."
That's the kind of change she hopes to bring to Washington? God, help us all.

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