Tuesday, January 29, 2008


I was thinking about pork barrel spending today. As a civil engineer I generally like infrastructure projects, but also disagree about wasting money.

Then it came to me, one of the biggest problems with pork barrel projects is that they are inefficiently designed, not that they are totally worthless.

I think about Buffalo's light rail transit system. It might have been fine if it had cost 200 million rather than about 550 million. A surface light rail line might have made more sense in the long run and saved money.

So, I guess the pork isn't bad, it's the extra fat that's the problem.

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