Friday, December 03, 2004

Oink! Oink! Pork Anyone?

Congressional Leadership Brings Home the Pork
<>The 3,016-page and $388.4 billion omnibus spending bill that Congress approved November 20 included thousands of earmarks, otherwise known as "pork-barrel" projects.
<>Leaders of both houses of Congress wasted little time publicizing much of the money they had managed to sneak in to the bill to benefit narrow interests in their home states or districts.
<>Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R.-Tenn.) provided the most detailed list, for which he also credited his home state colleague, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R.-Tenn.). Incoming Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D.-Nev.) also produced a long list of the pork-barrel items he was bringing home this Christmas season.
<>In the House, neither Speaker Dennis Hastert (R.-Ill.) nor Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R.-Tex.) released information about the earmarks for their districts. But Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R.-Mo.), who is the third-ranking Republican, and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) played up their accomplishments.
<>We have compiled the list of earmarks attributable to Senators Frist and Reid and Representatives Blunt and Pelosi from their own press releases and with the help of Angela French, a research associate at Citizens Against Government Waste.
Find out what Pork congressional leaders are bringing home: Visit the link in the title.

As a fiscal conservative this really pisses me off, regardless of the party involved.


At 8:07 AM, Blogger gblagg said...

As with any poiticians, there seems to be a disconnect. They just don't seem to get that the money they so easily waste was earned by some person's sweat and blood. It just shows up on their must be free, let's spend like drunken sailors! The Federal government does one thing efficiently, wage war. They should be held to just that.

At 2:00 PM, Blogger Kender said...

This pisses me off as well. They rushed that through without a second glance. There is a "Therapeutic Riding Ranch" up around me that just got $150, is fairly well known that they have no riding programs for 'handicapped' kids, as they claim so they can get grants like they just did yet again.

I found this out the day that the story was in the paper about the spending bill. I think I will go try to get a job there and see if what I have heard is true.

If it is I may have to narc on them, and working there I may actually get in trouble. But I would still narc them out.

At 11:07 AM, Blogger Richard Nixon said...


“Lawmakers defend the special projects they routinely insert into a spending process that has become their political slush fund drawn from the Treasury to help them win re-election. Here's a few examples (from the 2005 budget bill):

• $100,000 for the High Falls Film Festival, Rochester, N. Y.
• $35,000 for the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.
• $250,000 for the Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville, Tenn.
• $250,000 for the Alaska Statehood Celebration, University of Alaska.
• $25,000 to develop a curriculum to study mariachi music in the Clark
County School District in Nevada.
• $97,000 for the Franco-American Heritage Center, Lewiston, Maine.
• $200,000 for the Aviation Hall of Fame.
• $200,000 for the Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum, Greenville, Tex.
• $250,000 for "traffic calming" in Windermere, Fla.
• $921,000 for hardwood tree improvement and regeneration in Indiana.
• $3 million for the Center for Grape Genetics, Geneva, N.Y.
• $500,000 for Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York City.
• $150,000 for the Coca-Cola Space Science Center, Columbus, Ga.
• $100,000 for the Punxsutawney (Groundhog) Weather Museum in Pennsylvania.

“The list goes on and on, thousands of low-priority or, more to the point, no-priority, spending that needlessly fattens the federal budget, leaving
taxpayers to foot the bill - often to benefit wealthy special interests from the lumber industry to wine producers to upper-income communities like Bakersfield, Calif., which gets $280,000 for ‘sidewalks, street furniture and facade improvements.’"

> - Columnist Donald Lambro


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