Seattle Post-Intelligencer - In The Northwest
The energy bill would be a hoot if it wasn't
Friday, November 21, 2003
By JOEL CONNELLY
SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER COLUMNIST
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If you ever wondered whether Congress was being run by boobs, consider that
a tax credit tucked away in the 1,400-page House-passed energy bill will subsidize the opening of a Hooters restaurant in
Bossier City, La.
The chain's trademark buxom waitresses will serve up finger food in the $180
million "Louisiana Riverwalk," which is being underwritten by taxpayers to "showcase futuristic energy systems." The Riverwalk's
main drawing card will be a live alligator exhibit.
The gators and Hooters girls are a pet project of Rep. Billy Tauzin, R-La.,
chairman of the House Energy Committee and one of a tiny group of Republican lawmakers who crafted the energy legislation
behind closed doors. ...
[The author goes on to list many of the most outrageous features
of the energy bill.]
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