Hunter Duncan, Joe McCarthy and some smelly blue cheese
The annual Defense Appropriations Bill is almost impossible for a president to veto, and very tough for law-makers to vote against. That means that Congressional leadership and the more influential members of the respective defense committees can pile all sorts of giveaways to their best contributors into these bloated, half-trillion dollar bills comfortable in the knowledge that they will almost certainly pass.
So it is with the always odious Duncan Hunter (R-CA), Chair of the House Armed Services Committee, and this little story, via the New York Times:
There are hunters who dream about places like this.
The game -- unusually large Kaibab deer, Roosevelt elk that lope like thoroughbreds along the wind-scoured ridgelines -- are trophy quality. All it takes to bag one is a 30-mile trip across the Santa Barbara Channel, a rifle, good aim, a minimum fee of about $8,000 and the existing agreement by the National Park Service to close 45,000 acres of parkland to the public, August through December.