The Ed Show | October 31, 2011
SCHULTZ: And in the Playbook tonight, well, the Senate is expected to do some work tomorrow and vote on a transportation bill . Republican senators are still lying about how some of the money will be spent. They say money is wasted on transportation enhancements instead of roads and bridges. But it's not true. The specific examples they offered did not get money from the transportation funds, like John McCain 's giant coffee pot .
SEN. JOHN MCCAIN (R), ARIZONA: One of my favorites is the -- of course, is the roadside museum featuring a giant coffee pot . I am a coffee drinker, and so I think a coffee pot is pretty nice.
SCHULTZ: Or McCain 's other favorite, the Corvette simulator.
MCCAIN: My favorite National Corvette Museum Simulator Theater . I'm going to try to meet -- go to that one, since my first purchase as a young Naval officer was a wonderful Corvette that I remember with great affection. So I'd like to go back into their simulator theater.
SCHULTZ: And Senator Coburn put out a list of projects getting federal transportation money: junkyard landscaping, lighthouse renovations, saddle tree factory preservation, Battleship Texas restoration. But none of these projects got transportation funds. Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Rand Paul complained about turtle tunnels in Florida . The truth is very different. Culverts were built on either side of U.S. 27 so drivers would not swerve to avoid turtles, alligators, beavers and other wildlife crossing the road. There was also the lie about 10 percent of funds going to the transportation enhancements.
SEN. TOM COBURN (R), OKLAHOMA: And by mandating that 10 percent of highway funds have to be spent on non-highway needs at a time when our country is running massive deficits.
SCHULTZ: That's two percent, not 10 percent. Most of it goes for bicycle and pedestrian projects.