Alaska’s “bridge to nowhere” was wasteful federal spending. But federal funds directed to Mississippi for university research or to fund the defense industry is a good investment of tax dollars.
It’s the other state’s earmarks that represent waste. Not ours. Right?
In the Fiscal Year 2008 federal budget, Mississippi received 238 congressional “earmarks” that brought $511 million to state-related entities. In FY 2009, Mississippi received 249 earmarks that brought $900 million to the state.