Got Yacht ?
Congress passes spending bill and adds pork:
- $2 million for the government to try buying back the former presidential yacht Sequoia, which was sold three decades ago. Its current owners say the yacht is assessed at $9.8 million.
I don't think anyone knows what they really intend to do with the yacht, but Atrios implies that it may become another presidential plaything, or something that will fulfill Bush's pledge:
"We need an energy bill that encourages consumption." - President Bush, Sept. 23, 2002, Trenton, New Jersey, speech
Compared to the yacht, Kerry's sail-board looks like a thrifty investment. Remember the "Windsurfing" attack ad by Bush against Kerry? Here it is, direct from www.georgewbush.com, with the infamous tag line $87 Billion For Our Troops:
Now if we take a look at the picture of the Sequoia and compare it to the yacht motoring behind Kerry, we see a definite resemblance.
In fact, pasting the Kerry "Windsurfing" ad into the picture (lower right), we finally get to see the full rethug world-view in action.
- $87,000,000,000 For Our Troops
- $10,000,000 For Our Commander
That comes out to a bill of $87,010,000,000.