Don Young (Congressman)
|from Mr. Pork, #3 in Rolling Stone's The Ten Worst Congressmen:|
Thanks in no small part to his efforts, Alaskans receive $1.87 in federal funds for every dollar they contribute in taxes. Last year, Young leveraged his post as chairman of the House Transportation Committee to stuff the highway bill – "like a turkey," in his own words – with nearly $1 billion in pork-barrel projects for his home state.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, when Sen. John McCain proposed that Young redirect his prized pork money to help rebuild New Orleans, Young accused his detractors of "ignorance and stupidity." The victims of Katrina, he suggested, "can kiss my ear!" Don Young (Congressman)/excerpt