It is possible that if Tuscaloosa was NOT included in the GO Zone that some of that investment capital would have been or currently being be spent in the areas truly affected by Katrina on actual housing for the displaced and not on some creature comforts to help enjoy a football game seven or eight weekends a year.
I am a staunch conservative, and this is shameful. Legal in every way; but wrong nonetheless. Shelby should be ashamed of his actions, but I doubt that the case. This is another reason I am rapidly losing confidence in the Republican Party. The 'reasons' giving in the article for including Tuscaloosa in the GO Zone is comical at best.
While the Democratic Party is even worse, both fiscally and morally, the GOP it seems is trying to become LEFTist-Light. Ronald Reagan once said he 'did not leave the Democratic Party, the Democratic Party left him.' That is how I feel about the current GOP.
As I said, I am a 'conservative' and not really a 'Republican.' If the GOP continues to propose and support pork barrel actions like this, then I will become unaffiliated or Libertarian. Or if the Democrats become the party of fiscal and personal responsibility, then a Dem I could become - but since pigs are not flying, then I know this has not happened yet. And maybe if the GOP loses enough votes and MONEY from people who feel like me (and apparently you too), then they will become the Party of Reagan again.
This is rapidly trending more toward a 'political' thread than a 'football' one. While I think this program is disgusting, I do not blame the people for taking advantage of it. I blame people like Shelby and the GOP for proposing this pork project in the first place. Of course, Shelby faces little to no backlash, for who in Tuscaloosa will complain for this idiocy bringing new construction to town?