And, if anyone can recognize government waste, it's Pete. This guy is a perennial recipient of the National Taxpayers Union's coveted "F" rating. That qualifies Pete for the moniker of "Big Spender." If Pete thinks it's wasting taxpayer dollars then you can pretty much hang your hat on it. After all, if you're looking for a good prostitute, do you ask your clergyman or one of the Johns on the sheriff's website?
I'm sure Pete would agree that the issue here isn't taxpayer dollars, it's that Pete feels he's being intimidated into valiantly voting "present" for these funding bills. I feel his pain. Every year when I voluntarily fill out my annual dinner check, I feel Pete's presence, looking over my shoulder saying, "Ah, ah, AH! You rounded down to everything when you should have rounded up to everything plus one!"