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According to Rep. John Culberson, that’s a feature, not a bug. Hilarious contradictions ensue:
Culberson said the job was completed in five years and four months, compared to a likely 10 years or more with conventional funding.
“And without a single federal earmark,” he added.
But Culberson, whose ability to get federal dollars was crucial to the widening project, pledged not to give up a single freeway lane for Metro rail.
Apparently earmarks are a bad thing, but having a congressmen set aside money from the federal budget to build an infrastructure project in his home district is a good thing. The difference between the two eludes me. But then, that’s why they pay Culbertson the big bucks.