John Murtha's Pork Barrel Spending: "Quite frankly, if he didn't do that, we wouldn't elect him"


Former Reason Foundation intern Tyler Grimm has a great op-ed in today's Wall Street Journal revealing the colossal boondoggle known as the John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport:

If you hate the hubbub of crowded airports, you might want to consider flying out of Johnstown, Pa. The airport sees an average of fewer than 30 people per day, there is never a wait for security, you can park for free right outside the gate, and you are almost guaranteed a row to yourself on any flight.

You might wonder how the region ever had the air traffic demand to justify such a facility. It didn't. But it is located in the district of one of Congress's most unapologetic earmarkers: Democrat John Murtha.

In 20 years, Mr. Murtha has successfully doled out more than $150 million of federal payments to what is now being called the airport for no one. I took a trip to southwestern Pennsylvania to explore how this small town received so much money and whether the John Murtha Airport is a legitimate federal investment.

Read the rest here.