There’s certainly a lot the the tax paying citizen can be frustrated and angry about; illegal immigration, socialist/liberal politicians intruding on our lives, the radical intent of Islamists worldwide, the FDA and it’s obviously cozy relationship with the pharmaceutical companies, more funding needed for our wounded veterans and the VA in general and now in black and white we can read about the awful waste of our money….money that is being spent by the thieves in Washington DC!! Remember folks, it’s OUR MONEY!
But, we’ll sit back like good little constituents and keep on getting kicked on the shins without ever complaining. What in the hell is wrong with us? If your spouse or kids spent YOUR money like Congress spends your money you’d have a long chat to find out why and then bring the spending to a screeching halt. Wouldn’t you! I know I would!
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) is a non-profit group that has a list of “earmarks” - the new term for “pork-barrel spending” - since it put pigs in a bad light - that’ll absolutely knock your sock off! It’s called the 2008 Pig Book and you can read all about HERE….if, you have any courage - you’ll let these morons in DC know that your really ticked off and won’t take it any more!
In the meantime - here’s another great article from the fantastic Patriot Post, covering the subject of PORK!
This week, the taxpayer watch group Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released its annual report on pork-barrel spending in Congress. CAGW reports that in fiscal 2008, there were 11,610 earmarks—the second highest total ever—crammed into spending bills for a total of $17.2 billion, a 30 percent increase over 2007. The news gets worse: Republicans accounted for more individual pork than Democrats. Rep. Roger Wicker (R-MS) at $176.3 million and Rep. Bill Young (R-FL) at $169.5 million even bested House Pork King John Murtha (D-PA) at $159.1 million. Meanwhile, three Republicans—Thad Cochran (MS) at $892 million, Richard Shelby (AL) at $469 million and Ted Stevens (AK) at $465 million, were the big “winners” in the Senate, totaling $1.8 billion among them. Not surprisingly, the top offenders were all members of the respective Appropriations committees. As for the presidential candidates, Sen. Hillary Clinton ranked 13th in the Senate, while Barack Obama was 28th. Three cheers for Sen. John McCain, however, who requested not a single earmark.
As for the endeavors deemed worthy of the confiscation of Americans’ hard-earned income, The Washington Times reports, “The projects include $1.9 million for the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service, named for Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles B. Rangel, New York Democrat, who requested the earmark; $460,752 for hops research related to beer making; $188,000 for the Lobster Institute in Maine; and $148,950 for the Montana Sheep Institute.” Sen. Clinton secured taxpayer dollars for 281 projects, including $303,150 for the Gay Men’s Health Crisis Center in New York to run a drug-rehabilitation program. If that seems like a lot of money, there was also $7,556,660 for grape and wine research, $4,840,875 for wood utilization research and $1,529,220 for the Appalachian Fruit Lab. Still, Democrats have actually cut pork from 2006 levels by about 40 percent. We would say that’s a sorry indictment of Republicans.