A national group that lobbies against wasteful government spending named Rep. Jim Gibbons its "Porker of the Month" for securing federal money to fix a swimming pool in his home town.
Gibbons, R-Nev., "has shown a complete disdain for the budget process and the American system of checks and balances," Citizens Against Government Waste said in a statement Tuesday.
"Americans deserve better than having their hard-earned money spent on special-interest projects," the Washington-based group said.
Gibbons said the $225,000 he secured in an omnibus spending bill to repair the 61-year-old city pool in Sparks "is a very meritorious project, one that I am not embarrassed about at all."
"If it didn't go to Sparks, it would go somewhere else, like Little Rock, Arkansas," he said last week.
He also admitted another motive. He said he and some friends were responsible for the infamous "Polliwog Caper" that clogged the drain with tadpoles and temporarily shut down the pool in the 1950s.
"I have an enormous guilty conscience for putting frogs in the swimming pool when I was about 10 years old," Gibbons said.
Citizens Against Government Waste said Tuesday:
"If only every American had the opportunity to spend federal tax dollars to appease their guilt and atone for the sins of their childhood. ...
"The children of Sparks, Nevada better enjoy their summers swimming, because they and children across the country will soon find an empty federal treasury."
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