Thanks to Harry Reid, I actually glad Bush is going to veto the emergency spending bill (it's not like he's going to accept it anyway). Have you seen some of the crap earmarks people have slipped into this thing to make it widely palatable? Here's the worst.
Senate debate began yesterday on the bill, which provides $122 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; sets a goal of March 31, 2008, for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq; and -- if Reid has his way -- allows thousands of billboards destroyed by bad weather to be rebuilt.
The battle over billboards began in 1965, when the Highway Beautification Act set a policy that "nonconforming" billboards -- defined by states but usually meaning those packed closely together, or in scenic areas -- would be allowed to die of natural causes. As storms and other acts of God destroyed them, their owners would not be permitted to replace them. Recent hurricanes have fueled a fight between the powerful Outdoor Advertising Association of America (OAAA), which wants to roll back the federal law, and opponents led by Washington-based Scenic America, which decry billboards as "visual pollution."
On March 15, Reid wrote Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Robert Byrd (D-W.Va) asking for a provision that "clarifies" the rules governing rebuilding of "outdoor structures" after natural disasters.
Freaking Reid. That's just what we need, in the name of absolute property rights allowing any asshole abutting a highway to ugly up the damn country-side. Who are these people?
I'm going to move to Nevada and vote Republican.