Stopping Pork: The Final Frontier

Whether you like John McCain or not, he has undoubtedly been one of Congress’s undisputed leaders in fighting Congressional pork-barrel spending. Recently, Jonah Goldberg who will be coming to Albuquerque for a breakfast and book signing hosted by the Rio Grande Foundation, wrote about how Sen. McCain could capitalize on his leadership against pork-barrel spending as a means of getting elected to the White House.
As Goldberg points out, Alaska is one of the most significant recipients of federal “pork” projects. What Goldberg doesn’t mention is that New Mexico actually gets more money out of Washington than even Alaska (according to the Tax Foundation). Maybe we can get Mr. Goldberg to write an article about the porky behavior of New Mexico’s elected leaders?
It will also be interesting to see if McCain can make his anti-pork efforts an issue in the campaign. So far, it doesn’t seem to be a prominent issue.