Reality gets in the way of republican principles yet again

Bobby Jindal, GOP response to Obama's address to a joint session of Congress, February 24, 2009:

But Democratic leaders in Congress...passed the largest government spending bill in history, with a price tag of more than $1 trillion with interest. While some of the projects in the bill make sense, their legislation is larded with wasteful spending. It includes...$140 million for something called "volcano monitoring." Instead of monitoring volcanoes, what Congress should be monitoring is the eruption of spending in Washington, D.C.
Mt. Redoubt, Alaska, March 22, 2009:

An eruption occurred at Redoubt Volcano on 22nd March 2009, with ash emission to 50,000 ft above sea level. The volcano produced five explosive eruptions, each lasting from four to thirty minutes. Small amounts of ash fell at Skwentna, Talkeetna, Wasilla, and Trapper Creek. A large lahar occurred in the Drift River Valley and contained ice, water, mud, and other debris, and traveled more than 35 km to Cook Inlet. An eruption on 26th March ejected ash to a height of 65,000 ft. On 27th March ash reached 32,000 ft altitude. There were 11 large eruptions in the first week of activity with ash reaching altitudes of 30,000 to 60,000 ft.
Huffington Post, April 14, 2009:

On Monday, Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-LA, announced that half-a-million dollars in economic recovery funds would be sent to Louisiana for the purposes of upgrading flood-monitoring technology. The cash, which will also help the state improve streamgages and facility maintenance, comes from the same $140 million in Interior Department appropriations that Jindal once criticized.
Jindal, April 15th, 2009:


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