Rep. Murtha Still Porking From Beyond The Grave

WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 30:  The plaque with Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) name hangs outside his Captiol Hill office October 30, 2009 in Washington, DC. A document from the House of Representatives ethics committee inadvertently placed on a publicly accessible computer network outlined investigations into the activities of Murtha and 29 other lawmakers. The 22-page document, titled 'Committee on Standards Weekly Summary Report,' was discovered on a file-sharing computer server and also outlined investigations by the Office of Congressional Ethics, a quasi-independent body that initiates investigations and provides recommendations to the ethics committee.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The more things change the more they stay the same:

The former defense-appropriations chief in the House — who famously remarked, “If I’m a little corrupt, it’s because I take care of my district” — passed on in February. His successor, Rep. Mark Critz, gave Murtha an appropriate eulogy earlier this summer, slipping a $10 million earmark into the House version of next year’s defense funding bill to fund construction of a John P. Murtha Center for Public Service at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. If the earmark survives the snail’s-pace process of passing the bill during the current election season — and its prognosis is good — Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell has pledged to match the cash with state money.

According to Critz’s explanation of the project, the 30,000 square-foot Center will primarily serve as a scholarly debating forum for policy issues and a repository for Murtha’s papers. But wait, you ask. How does the Murtha Center relate to the Department of Defense? Oh, it’ll inspire “students and the general public to become active in our communities, the military, and in public service.” See? Military applicability.

What’s worse, this center with its millions in state and federal tax dollars will undoubtedly be used to advance liberal policy agendas.

Rob Port

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