published Monday, February 21st, 2011

Chickamauga lock left high, dry

The crumbling lock at Chickamauga Dam desperately needs to be replaced to ensure continued movement of barges hundreds of miles upstream from Chattanooga. That river traffic supports thousands of jobs.

And yet lock funding was left out of President Barack Obama's $3.73 trillion budget proposal for 2012. That's troubling. The lock is constitutionally a federal duty. By contrast, the president's budget would continue unconstitutional spending such as subsidies for farmers with up to $500,000 in annual income.

Whatever you may think of the Chickamauga lock and farm subsidies, shouldn't vital constitutional duties come before unconstitutional giveaways to the agriculture lobby?

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nucanuck said...

Maybe the lock should be funded from within the region since we reap the benefits.

February 21, 2011 at 12:37 a.m.
hambone said...

With GOP darlings Michele Bachmann and Kristi Noem the two largest drawers of farm subsidies in their states you won't see their hog trough drying up!

February 21, 2011 at 5:01 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

We call it essential, but outsiders call it pork. Is it any surprise that projects close to home get axed? It's happening all over.

February 21, 2011 at 7:10 p.m.
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