Kentucky Dam



The Democratic Senate and the White House have proven blatantly, and once again, how sneaky and corrupt politicians are. In a desperate attempt to cut a last-minute deal, and set themselves up as the saviors of a government default, they have resorted to clear-cut, bribery. They did this by offering Mitch McConnell a $3-billion promissory note for his home state of Kentucky, thus making the McConnell-Reid, debt ceiling deal the foulest-smelling, political, payoff of the century.

What ever happened to the so-called “clean bill” Obama and the Senate so desperately wanted? You know, the one where they said they would not let the country be held for ransom. $3-billion is a very high, ransom amount to be paying out – especially for a country who was just hours away from having its credit trashed and not being able to pay its bills on time.

The McConnell-Reid $3-billion deal to save the country from a fiscal default, includes a $3-billion earmark for a Kentucky dam project, which McConnell has tried to raise money for the last 3-years. It is a massive, and costly state project intended to increase waterway traffic throughout the Ohio River. It is also one of the biggest, pork barrel deals ever commissioned upon a country in its darkest, fiscal hour.

Although the funds for the dam were previously approved by Congress, it is a mystery why it was necessary to include it in the debt ceiling bill, and why President Obama specifically requested that it be included. Was the country’s fiscal credibility dependent on it, or was the country going to default if it was not? It clearly smells that way.

Do the Democrats have no shame? Does Senator Mitch McConnell have no conscience?

McConnell and Reid stole their deal with the taxpayer’s hard-earned money and did it in an underhanded way, through backroom bargaining where the so-called Obama transparency suddenly lost its way.

The public should be outraged and rightfully so.

To defend their position, Senator Lamar Alexander, the chair and ranking member of the energy and water subcommittee said:

“According to the Army Corps of Engineers, 160 million taxpayer dollars will be wasted because of canceled contracts if this language is not included. Sen. [Diane] Feinstein and I, as chairman and ranking member of the Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee, requested this provision. It has already been approved this year by the House and Senate.”

How convenient, and how very slippery of Feinstein and Alexander both. So now, to give the White House and the Senate a victory, the taxpayers of America are left footing the bill for a massive and expensive project that was mismanaged financially from day one.

This comes as no surprise and a befitting testament to the bureaucratic and corrupt practices of Washington politicians. If any American citizen was offered or accepted a $3-billion payoff in a business deal, they would assuredly come under some serious scrutiny.

In Washington, D.C., they call it politics.

It is a wonder how Mitch McConnell can ever show his face again in the House of Representatives and out in public, but I guess in times like this, the country has to give the devil his due.

The $3-billion, McConnell-Reid, Kentucky Dam deal will go down in history, not for how it saved a country from default, but rather, how selfish and greedy politicians can make or break a nation. It also will be referred to, as the Kentucky Kickback.

It also shows, that how in Washington, D.C., honesty and integrity can always be counted on to take a back seat.

© Joseph E. Rathjen – All Rights Reserved – 2013

Joseph E. Rathjen is an Opinion Columnist/Staff Writer for WomanScope Newsmagazine and a Contributor to 1World Online.


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