Oil-spill recovery funds aid tourism

Nothing’s more likely to provoke harsh words from Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour than government waste.

“We don’t have this financial crisis in Mississippi because we tax too little. It’s because we spend too much,” Barbour told a hometown crowd in Yazoo City while launching his first bid for governor in 2003.

It’s a line the Republican has repeated often during nearly seven years as Mississippi’s chief executive.

Given his consistent stance against profligate public spending, it’s jolting that Barbour’s office decided to use some of Mississippi’s oil-spill recovery money on a promotional TV show featuring former “Baywatch” star David Hasselhoff and other entertainers who aren’t exactly on Hollywood’s A-list and airing on CW, a network that doesn’t attract massive audiences.