Abercrombie’s pal and fellow member of the the U.S. Congress, House Armed Services Committee, Hank Johnson, took some pretty harsh flack for saying something really stupid. Boneheaded pronouncements from this particular committtee are not infrequent (See Neil’s gem about non-Kosher ammo or his botched reference to the Blue Brothers).
“The best part of hearing Johnson say, “My fear is that the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize,” is hearing the commander try to explain why it’s probably — no, definitely — not going to happen.”
We’ll chalk up Johnson’s boo boo to Washington “mis-speak,” but Abercrombie’s attempt, last year, to add $10 billion in taxpayers dollars to the construction costs of the huge military relocation construction tab was a blatant attempt to garner labor votes for his upcoming gubernatorial race.
The Washington Post didn’t mince words:
“TUCKED AWAY in the 2010 Defense Authorization Bill just passed by the House is a provision that should give senators — and taxpayers — pause…inserted by Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-Hawaii) c… It has more than doubled the cost of the relocation by requiring that at least 70 percent of the construction force be U.S. citizens and that construction workers be paid at the Hawaiian prevailing wage rate, which is double to triple Guam’s…the change would drive construction worker compensation costs to more than $10 billion.”
It’s not surprising that one of Abercrombie’s final acts as a U.S. Congressman was one last grab at the taxpayer’s money.
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