Tom DeLay thinks the federal treasury is his personal piggy bank. DeLay slipped "a $1.5 billion giveaway to the oil industry, Halliburton, and Sugar Land, Texas" into the energy bill.
But this isn't a normal case of government pork. DeLay has completely dispensed with the democratic process. From a letter Rep. Henry Waxman just sent Speaker Dennis Hastert:
[The provision was inserted into the energy legislation after the conference was closed, so members of the conference committee had no opportunity to consider or reject this measure.]
The $1.5 billion won't be administered by the government [but] by a private consortium in DeLay's district:
Yes, DeLay's a scumbag, and now he's pretty much a thief as well. I think he sees the handwriting on the wall and is getting what he can before the hammer, you should pardon the pun, falls. Or maybe he doesn't see it, and is just making sure he greases his district prior to the next election. Either way, he should go to jail.