Vicky Hartzler, keep your promise
According to Vicky Hartzler, now a congresswoman in waiting from Missouri’s 4th District, I insulted her a few weeks ago when I wrote she brought new meaning to the term “empty vessel.”
That was based in large part on her inability to name any major change she would pursue in cutting the federal budget or reducing the size of the U.S. government, even though like good Republican candidates everywhere those were part of her top campaign planks.
Still, Hartzler did eventually tell The Star’s Editorial Board that she wanted to rein in the Lady Bird Highway Beautification projects. She indicated that garden clubs could do some of this work along the highways, saving public funds.
And soon Hartzler will have the chance to do exactly that in Washington: Go in and wage war on that out-of-control Lady Bird Highway Beautification budget. She will have the opportunity to convince other U.S. House reps that this is a top priority, and a good way to slash the federal budget.
One hint for Hartzler: She should check to see which districts get the most money from this program and stay clear of their representatives in Congress.
Then again, Hartzler will probably just take this as another piece of advice from what she calls “a liberal media which works from its own agenda.”
Fine. Just trying to help the congresswoman get off to a positive start in Washington by keeping her campaign promise.