The Lady Speaks

This Little Piggy went to Congress….

While Republicans are busy blaming Democrats for the massive debt accrued in the 5 years since Bush took office, despite the fact that the Republicans hold majorities in both houses and – until Dubai – hadn't met a bill they didn't rubber-stamp,

and

while the Republican majority is busy cutting funding for programs that benefit veterans, the poor, and pretty much everyone who isn't earning over $250K, they are spending a freakin' fortune on some very interesting things.

From MSNBC:

$13.5 million for an Irish group that funds the World Toilet Summit?

$1 million for water-free urinals?

$500,000 for a teapot museum?

Those projects, and nearly 10,000 others, account for a record $29 billion in federal pork-barrel spending for the current budget year, Citizens Against Government Waste said. Spending on local line-items rose 6.2 percent last year, the group said, but the overall number of special earmarks crammed into 11 federal appropriation bills was down 29 percent.

[snip]

Some of the other … projects identified in the CAGW’s “Pig Book” include:

$13,500,000 for the International Fund for Ireland, which helped finance the World Toilet Summit

$6,435,000 for wood utilization research

$1,000,000 for the Waterfree Urinal Conservation Initiative

$500,000 for the Sparta Teapot Museum in Sparta, N.C.

$550,000 for the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Wash.

$500,000 for the Arctic Winter Games in Alaska

$250,000 for the National Cattle Congress in Waterloo, Iowa

$234,000 for the National Wild Turkey Federation

$100,000 for the Richard Steele Boxing Club in Henderson, Nev.

 

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April 6, 2006 - Posted by | Congress, Federal Debt, Government, Politics, Republicans, White House

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